Mar 25, 2011

Oh my . . .

A big fat fail on the schedule plan I posted yesterday. I did visit and comment around 25 blogs today and some flickrs. But that is the only thing I did according to plan. Got so sidetracked. But, tomorrow is another day and I still like the general approach of that plan.

I played a bit today for some reason . . . just couldn't control myself. But (the big proverbial but) . . . . I am still not "feelin'" things. I am still not feelin' in stride with creating. I did some looking today and I think part of my problem is that what I'm seeing in my head, I either don't have the images to create what I "see" or I don't know how to go about creating what I "see".

Soul Okay

copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 3/24/2011. All rights reserved.
Digital collage. Image credits: head from flickr's picassoswoman; everything else from my own collection of digital collage images.

Stuck (I want to be outside the box)

copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 3/24/2011. All rights reserved.
Digital collage. Image credits: background from designer Lorie Davison; aged photo texture from designer Holly McCaig; box altered from photorack; side label from designer Sherrie JD; everything else from my own images.

I find myself wanting to work in 5 very different ways. Like these . . .

Teesha Moore
Anahata Katkin
Corinne Geertsen or Maggie Taylor or Casa Jordi
Michael Mew

But I want to work in those directions all at once in some divine combination of them all.
I look at my work and see it with very different eyes when I start looking at the work I want to be influenced by. My work seems very novice, flat, contrived, forced and then I get stuck. I see the differences between what I make and what I want to make and I don't know how to push forward. I'm not looking for anyone to solve my problem or even advise really. Just sharing my journey, my thoughts, my fights with myself.

Busy, non-Art Friday and then hope to get some collage sheets done this weekend. Hope you all have a fantastic and productive weekend!


slommler said...

I love love love your art work!!! Just sayin'!!!!
But I know what you mean....I have an idea in my head...but I can never quite capture it in real life. Always close...sigh!!! That is the life of an artist!!!
Hugging you

Nancy Wethington said...

I, too, think you are mega-talented. However, can certainly relate to what you're feeling. Would love my work to be more dimensional but then it always appears so flat to me (compared to those whose work I admire). But isn't this what stretches us and makes us think in new ways, always striving to do better? If we were satisfied with our own work, we'd go nowhere. Just sayin'!

Sherry Smyth said...

I still think you are working through this -- you are ready to step into something new but while waiting for that inspiration and that move to where you need to go next you are playing and continuing to create (and this piece is not only beautiful it speaks to exactly where you are, right now, in this moment). Strange you say you are influenced by the work of Anahata -- I am too -- and it's only in the last weeks that I'm feeling that vibe. And you're right -- excuse me Mrs. but we need you to create the pieces we can use (hint, hint, hint, hint...) :)

Kathy said...

Me thinks you are too hard on yourself. Much, much too hard. You are an amazing artist, Marsha. I mean it. You can't force it, though. Put on "All These Things That I've Done" and just sing!! At the top of your lungs, girl. You are DARN good!

Maggie Flatley said...

I started carrying around a journal to try to organize and catch those fleeting thoughts.

lilylovekin said...

And I want my work to look like Marsha Jorgansen's so what do you think of that? Be easy on yourself we all have our own style, yours is wonderful.

thekathrynwheel said...

Hey Marsha - you have your own style - you don't need to work like anyone else! Thanks for dropping my my blog recently. I have been on a self-imposed blog hopping ban for a while because I have a million things to do and I get too easily sidetracked. Been working on my 'big project' ;-)
Nice to drop by and see all your glorious art again. X

Esther said...

O my god!!! So cute...I really love your work <3 <3

Terri Kahrs said...

Am happy that you had a chance to stop by to say "hi", Marsha! It's always a treat to hear from you, and a double treat to see your newest eye candy! Ahhh, yessssss! I can see that you're leaning towards the "surreal". Believe it or not, I do see a bit of those influences in your work from time to time. Relax and enjoy the journey!!! Hugs, Terri xoxox

sandee said...

When I grow up, I want to be able to do art like Marsha!
As for the brain farts that we experience due to the absence of our MUSE, it's just a tease. I think they do it so we can focus on other things, like cleaning house and cooking!!!~LOL

Your art is BeAuTiFuL. You have a gorgeous style and a huge following. I wish I could say the same.....

Linda Cain said...

I really love this one. It truly emulates a "feeling". That really takes talent.

We all know what we like when we see it in someone elses work. But we have to be ourselves. We have to learn to be happy with what and who we are. That is soooooo hard to do. Been there, still trying to do that.

But you my dear friend, are Marsha, and your talent is one of a kind. You should rejoice in who you are, with confidence, and know we love what you do.

Your Friend in ART,


Marit said...

I don't know if it helps - but true artists always come across these 'painfull times' where it seems like everything is stuck... it means there is a big step forward coming but you have to go through these times first - it's hard to find the English words to describe what I mean, but in Dutch there is a word that describes this (it's also used for small children - in periods that they seem to be restless and whiny...) It's cold 'groeistuipen' (growing pains???) You are a real artist, so it will all be OK! Good luck going through this 'period' (I know from experience how aweful this can be/feel)

Melissa said...

Hey Marsha! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such kind comments about my birds and altered book. Tracey and I always have a fun time creating new things out of old books. We have been Skyping about a "special collaborative" project (shhhh, it's a secret!)
Anywho, I know how you feel about wanting to try something different. Your work is unique and "Marshesque" (that is now an official word) and it's fabulous. If you want to try something different why not take one element from the artists you admire and try to incorporate into your art. Somebody much wiser than I told me that subtle changes often result in noticeable difference. Ok, I'm off to go bang on some metal!

mary bailey said...

Marsha, I can so identify with all your artistic introspections. Sometimes I feel like a magpie picking up all the shiny bits from everyone I admire - a little vintage, a little zetti, a little Distressed Jewell, a little Tumble Fish :-) I feel like I should settle on style, but I'm just having too much fun experimenting with all the different ones. We love all you "experiments" and I think your art definitely has an authentic voice. Thank you for being one of my muses!

indybev said...

I'm liking your new schedule plan, since I'm the recipient of a visit to my blog with some VERY kind comments. Thanks, Marsha,....and be true to yourself!

Lori Saul said...

So lovely to have you visit my blog Marsha - thank you so much for your kind words- you are such an inspiration to me. I too try to emulate some of my favorite artists (including you) and find my own work looks less than... or not quite there .But I do learn alot each time I create. Maybe the idea is to never reach that perfect piece, that perfect look that you are searching for - because you may no longer be inspired!.Love your art and words always,
Lori Saul
love your art and words

SOiNTOiT said...

mmmmmmmmmm..........I'm right there with you

Fiona (anubis 1 ) said...

You have your own and very unique style my dearest Marsha and you are an Inspiration to a whole lotta people. A very talented lady. Embrace and enjoy all that you do as we all enjoy and embrace your wonderful creations. I aspire to be as talented as you my friend and am so glad you are my most precious muse.Be true to yourself and it will come of that I have no doubt.
Big hugs.
Fiona oxoxoxoxo