"You are lost the instant you know what the result will be." Juan Gris
When facing a canvas I rarely know what the result will be and I've come to accept that as part of the creative process. It can be scary and I can feel lost. However, once the brush meets the canvas a form of collaboration begins and I'm no longer alone in that journey.
Over the past months I've been busy collaborating with some fellow painters and coordinating a few small group shows. Bringing work together that is different is an engaging process that opens up doors to new ideas and possibilities. Most notably though, I've had the opportunity to work with Chicago based artist/print-maker Victoria M. Barquin and her company Halftone Projects in creating a print from one of my paintings.
As fellow artists working in different mediums, we started talking about doing a creative project awhile ago. Bridging painting with printmaking while working remotely yet in unison to make something new has been rewarding. (Read more below.) The print will be released this month on Nov. 9 at The Chicago Printers Guild 4th Annual Publishers Fair in Chicago.
Reflecting on the idea of collaboration and how integral working together can be to a creative process has been important. An excerpt from writings by John Donne comes to mind... "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent a part of the main..." Given that context, I'm not sure anyone is really ever lost no matter what the result might be.