Creative Wanderlust

creative wanderlust - Paint Mojo - Tracy Verdugo book excerpt @ creativemag.ro

Paint Mojo – Tracy Verdugo

There are times when I sit and contemplate on how much I can do with so little art supplies. And even if I want more, the true is that I have more than enough art supplies to create whatever I want to do. And sometimes I want to use them all at once, the ideas are coming with an incredible flow and I’m afraid I’m gonna miss some if I don’t write them down or illustrate them in my mini diary I hold close all the time.

But then again, there are times when ideas are held in there, no one knows where exactly, stoping them to come and materialize on the paper. It is probably wanting too much to achieve something and precisely because of wanting that much is what prevent it from happening. Maintaining the creative energy running it’s probably the most important thing we artists can do.

Sunt momente in care pur si simplu stau si ma gandesc la cat de multe as putea sa fac cu atat de putine materiale. Si chiar daca vreau mereu mai multe, adevarul e ca am destule materiale pentru a crea orice imi doresc. S uneori vreau sa le folosesc pe toate deodata, ideile imi vin una dupa alta intr-un vartej incredibil si mi-e teama c-o sa le pierd daca nu le scriu repede pe ceva sau nu le ilustrez in micutul meu jurnal de pozeta pe care-l iau peste tot cu mine.

Si mai mult momente in care ideile sunt tinute undeva acolo, nimeni nu stie exact unde, parca oprindu-le sa vina la mine si sa se materializeze. Probabil ca vreau prea mult sa fac ceva si tocmai pentru ca vreau atat de tare asta e ceea ce ma impiedica. Sa mentii vie energia creativa este probabil cel mai important lucru pe care noi artistii il putem face.

As I was just writing the lines above, I instantly remembered about the Paint Mojo Book standing on the table next to my bed. I haven’t got the chance to read too much of it, I only open it to get inspired and read one paragraph, maybe two and then close it. But something told me I should open it right now. And because I couldn’t remember where my favorite pages were inside the book and so couldn’t cheat, I flip it with my thumb and without looking I’ve widely opened the book at chapter seven: creative wanderlust. It it perfectly related with my state at the moment, when trying to figure it out how to “add down” every creative idea that comes through my head, as well as how to cope with the periods of non-activity when striking to come up with journal ideas.

In timp ce scriam randurile de mai sus, mi-am adus aminte instant de cartea Paint Mojo care statea pe masuta de langa pat. Nu am apucat sa o citesc prea mult, doar am dechis-o si m-am inspirat citind un paragraf, poate doua si apoi am pus-o la loc. Dar ceva mi-a spus s-o deschis chiar acum. Si pentru ca nu-mi aduceam aminte unde-mi sunt paginile favorite din interiorul cartii si deci nu puteam sa trisez, am inceput s-o rasfoiesc cu degetul mare si fara sa ma uit am deschis-o larg la capitolul 7: creative wanderlust. Este in legatura perfecta cu starea mea de moment, cand incerc sa-mi dau seama cum sa notez fiecare idee creativa care-mi trece prin cap, ca de altfel si cum sa fac fata perioadelor de inactivitate, cand ma lupt sa vin cu idei pentru paginile de jurnal.

 

And after reading first part of the chapter, I took one of my small canvas and started to add color and color and color…

Si dupa ce-am citit prima parte a capitolului, am luat una dintre cele mai mici panze pe care o am si am inceput sa adaug culoare, si alta culoare…

creative wanderlust by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro

The color splashes look like watercolor, but in fact they are diluted acrylics that flow on canvas surface and leaves you the impression of watercolors.

Stropi de culoare arata ca acuarela, dar sunt de fapt acrilice diluate cu apa care pur si simplu aluneca pe suprafata panzei si iti lasa impresia ca sunt acuarele.

creative wanderlust by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro

Played several minutes with the colors, adding and lifting the colors and letting them blend one another.

M-am jucat cateva minute bune cu aceste culori, adaugand si ridicand culoarea si lasandu-le sa se amestece intre ele.

creative wanderlust by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.roAt this stage I added more colors and played with a …kitchen tissue! Yeah, that’s not a stamp, nor a stencil.

And precisely when I finished drawing the face, a voice stopped me and said: “No, don’t add anything else to this face, I like it the way it is, I’m buying it” One of my parents friends came to visit and they saw me working on the canvas.

Iar aici am adaugat si mai multe culori si m-am jucat cu un….servetel de bucatarie! Nu, nu-i o stampila, nici un sablon.

Si tocmai cand am terminat de desenat fata, o voce m-a oprit si mi-a zis: “Nu, nu mai adauga nimic la aceasta fata, imi place asa cum e, o cumpar”. Niste prieteni de-ai parintilor mei venisera in vizita si m-au vazut lucrand la panza asta.

creative wanderlust by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro

It’s probably some sort of pop art, and even if I was ready to add some acrylics on the canvas, this is the final result. 

Aceatsa este probabil un soi de pop art, si chiar daca eram gata sa adaug acrilice, aceasta este rezultatul final.

 

So what’s on your easel toady?

Deci, ce-i la tine pe sevalet azi?

 

Pe curand,
Cristina

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