artist’s way, week seven: artist date

While updating my complete list of works, I realized several of my favorite pieces were those commissioned by clients.  I loved the challenge of the themes they provided.  Inspired by their themes, I combined my found imagery collage works with original drawings and painting.  This process created an elegant transition throughout the piece between the found imagery and original painting.

Commission: Pink Life, 18in x 36in, mixed media collage on canvas, 2011
Commission: Pink Life • 18in x 36in • Mixed media • Carly Swenson • 2011
Commission:  Find Your Way, mixed media collage on paper, 2010
Commission: Find Your Way • Mixed media • Carly Swenson • 2010
Commission: Shine tho it’s raining • Mixed media • Carly Swenson • 2010
Commission: Dali’s Nature • Mixed media • Carly Swenson • 2009

work in progress, detail image
work in progress, detail image

For my latest artist date, I returned to this combination of painting and collage. I bought a long rectangular canvas, choose my color palette, set up on my studio floor and played art.  In the beginning, I didn’t have a theme.  I simply put paint to canvas, hoping the color gradation and line movement would inspire me as I worked. The colors reminded me of the night sky; from there, I developed the moon and cityscape.  Instinctively, I found imagery that I felt worked with the developing aesthetic.

I did my best to remain conscience of the work’s as a whole, while also attempting to not over-think process.  My artist date involved experimenting in a variations of my own style.  My goal was to enjoy the process, without allowing myself to be consumed with the outcome.  However, I’m very pleased with the finished work.  I feel inspired.

6 Replies to “artist’s way, week seven: artist date”

  1. Hmmm artist date, great idea! Lately I find myself thinking more about making art instead of actually doing it. I think I will try to schedule in a date :)


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