What Is My Voice?
"What's my voice?" has to be asked by each individual artist. Committee-free, the artist needs to develop her voice as if on an island. To be a voice is to be a different voice, set apart, unique. How to find it? Go to your island, put in long hours, fall in love with process--your voice will come out of your work.--Robert Genn's Twice Weekly Newsletter for 7/23/2010
Chromatic Variations, Susan Giannantonio
30 x 22" watermedia collage on paper (sold)
Giclee art print available on Amazon.com
Whispering Call, 4 x 5' acrylic and collage on canvas, Mary Wilbanks
One of the messages that rings true about Mary Wilbanks' artistic journey, consistent both in her work and her instruction, is that sometimes we need to let go of what is too precious for the sake of the larger composition. Her paintings are rich in texture. The passages pull you in, compelling you to more carefully investigate. In the book Bird by Bird, author Anne Lamott tells us, "Go ahead and make big scrawls and mistakes. Use up lots of paper. Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist's true friend."