Thursday, July 10, 2008

a style abandoned


for a while i created a line of watercolor and ink greeting cards, in a very delicate and light style (see the 'thank you' image two posts below). it sold well, and i enjoyed designing it at the time, but eventually but there was a point past which i couldn't do much more with it. i felt like an order taker and a producer and not much more.

this week when i thought about starting something new in that style again, the creative flow just stopped, and that's when i realized that it was because this is no longer the right style of expression for me. it served a commercial purpose at the time, but i wasn't capable of much depth with it. it didn't represent my thoughts or emotions; it was the product of what i thought others would like.

i'll post the greeting card line soon on flickr, for those interested. (EDIT 7/11: they are now HERE on flickr.) i still enjoy looking at them, but in a very detached way. for now, i guess i have to go with my loud, wandering words, because that's where the ideas are. a good lesson: stick with what's working.

9 comments:

Thereza Rowe said...

i totally agree! stick to what works for you. but also good to keep experimenting with new things too :)

Krissy said...

I love this! Might even make it my desktop background at work :) Can't wait to see the cards on Flickr!

aimee said...

oh thereza i know...it really depends on my mood. some days it feels really good to work with new or old stuff to see what happens, and other days it scares me right out of my groove! krissy - glad you enjoyed it!

daisy janie said...

Hear, hear. Love this one!!!!

Thereza Rowe said...

BTW,love the colorful lettering :))
backpack is good too but rucksack is the word over here lol. yeah, rucksacks rock!

hrsj said...

you have a flickr account?

Christy said...

Isn't it eye-opening to look back and see how you've evolved? And realize it happened while you weren't even paying attention? This is how my life is.

aimee said...

jan: thanks for stopping by!

thereza: thanks! lettering is my happy mainstay; i never get tired of it!

heather: card collection is on flickr now - search under artsyville.

christy: oh yes - i've been noodling on that thought all week long...

e. beck said...

i've been through some similar artistic revelations lately ... when you have growth, you can't really be that other person again ... at least not happily ....