A creative detour doesn’t necessarily mean a new itinerary…
(but the possibility is there nonetheless!)
A creative detour may not be the path I have started on in the last few months.
The thought occurred to me that the creative detour may have been the road I chose three years ago. Perhaps I have been on one long extended detour and now, and only now, am I on the road that I should have been on long ago. Does that make sense?
If it sounds like I am soul searching, yes, definitely, I am! I wonder if this is a common occurrence amongst artists and other creatives?
A roadblock or a more scenic drive…
I am really not sure if I am avoiding a roadblock, as detours are often meant to do, or whether I am simply taking a fork in the road to visit new scenery.
In the past months, I have been transitioning to painting landscapes and flowers.
Contrary to my portraits, this was a bit of a forced decision: I needed to challenge myself and taking my art in a new direction was the way I chose to do this.
Like most artists, I am always questioning the work I am doing. Am I happy with it? Am I learning something new? Where is it bringing me?
For some time, I felt like I was travelling down the same road always looking at a flat horizon. I wasn’t exactly happy or satisfied with my work.
If you have visited the Canadian Prairies, you know what I mean.
The land, although beautiful at first, becomes a monotonous landscape to drive through for days on end.
Most Canadians prefer to fly from Ontario to Alberta, where the Rocky Mountain range breaks up the horizon with its high peaks. Tourists might want to avoid the long stretch of highway through Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Taking stock of the road left behind and assessing the road ahead
At the moment, flowers and Canadian vignettes as I call them, are revitalizing me in ways that portraits were not doing any more. The scenery along the road has changed.
I will continue to paint vintage portraits through the year although I have fallen behind this past month. (If you would like to receive the free e-book with all the vintage portraits I painted from January to June, click here.)
Painting pets is a joy for me so that will also be part of the artistic road ahead.
But this creative detour I have chosen to follow will find me trying innovative techniques, and hopefully, present new challenges to overcome. So I am keeping the horizon in sight while awakening my senses on this different creative path.
Have any of you, my readers and friends, taken a creative detour?
If so, I would love to hear about it. What did you learn about yourself along the way? Was it a roadblock or a change of scenery that brought about the detour?
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(Photo in header taken by Louise Primeau along the Ottawa River bike path).