Showing Your Work as a Creative Process


Do Not Go Gentle, acrylic, 40x30, (c) 2011

An opportunity to show your work… is an opportunity to be creative. At the very least, showing your work is a way to acknowledge your creativity. That may sound like artist’s ego talking. Probably is. AND I believe that acknowledging your own creativity — affirming it, celebrating it, shouting it from the rooftops — is essential for an artist’s growth.

My creativity has felt a little stagnant lately, and one of the missing elements is not interacting with my work by putting it on public display. Selecting and arranging my art for an exhibit inherently involves taking a close look at my “babies” and giving them my own stamp of approval: This or that piece deserves the honor of being shown.

No matter how hard I am on myself — and I tend to be my toughest critic — when I enter a show, I have to engage with the work and discover something worthwhile. I have to admit that I LIKE this or that painting (or jewelry) enough to show it. I have to wire the painting, add a price card. I have to submit photos to the exhibit organizers. Most often, I have to pay for the privilege of publically saying I like these creations of mine.

As a stimulus to my creative process, choosing to enter an art exhibit is priceless! I’m in a show this weekend (see below for the “commercial” — you’re invited!). I can’t wait to see what happens next in my studio.

Happy creating — Linda

P.S. Houston art lovers — You’re invited to “Visions of Artists Alive and Well” on Saturday, 1/21, 1-5PM, at JoMar Visions, 902 Hardy Street. I have 7 pieces in the show, including my most recent work, “Do Not Go Gentle…” and “Vortices” (triptych), plus prints and clearance items. See you there! — Linda


Inspiration Is Where You Find It

Vortices (triptych), Linda Summers Posey, acrylic, 30x15each, (c) 2011

I was skimming a list of calls to artists in my email, when one item grabbed my attention — an artists’ residency program at the Torpedo Factory, a well-known arts center in D.C. My usual reaction would be, “Forget that. I’m probably not qualified anyway.” But the criteria for this program clearly state that it’s open to emerging artists.

C’est moi! And if I don’t apply, some other emerging artist will get my spot.

Now, I’m open to the possibility. More importantly, I have fresh stimulus for my creativity. The application asks what you plan to work on during the residency. So I’m thinking about what new creations I want to play with, what new media I want to explore, new styles I want to invent — all because I read about this program.

I may or may not wind up applying — who knows, I may find a more suitable program somewhere else. But my creative juices are bubbling and whirling in whole new directions. So thank you, Torpedo Factory — perhaps we’ll meet this summer!

What stimulates your creative possibilities? Please share with us.

Happy creating — Linda