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Rabbit in the Hat

There are times when you get so stuck inside a concept that you can't see the forest for the trees.... At times like these, I go into arenas and areas in life that are often outside my usual interests. Breaking with your own perspective is often a great way to get a new take on life - not just with people, but with different environments and activities that you wouldn't normally pursue.

Changing perspective is definitely about leaving your judgement at the door and having a new experience without preconceived ideas - if you think you know how you're going to feel about a new experience, then that's what you're going to experience. There's nothing fresh and new about what you already know - and that's not going to help you if you're stuck inside your own ideas.

It's more than leaving a comfort zone - even then, it's possible to keep your blinkers on and forget to look at life differently. It's the difference between standing on your feet and st…

Life versus Art

I was talking to a fellow lady artist today who is currently working an administration job to pay for her studio.... It's an example of how practical matters can sometimes de-rail an artistic journey, but I liked her attitude (because I agreed with her) in that it's for now, not forever.

There are patterns in this kind of living - sometimes years go by while you're taking care of life stuff when you would much prefer to be holed up with your drawing board or easel, listening to your favourite mood music; and yet, the things you learn during those times often enhance your next creative period, not to mention your development as a career artist. It's all very well and good for the public to want their artists to be bohemian mod-bods who don't care about money and only artistic integrity.... but when has that ever been true? You can't live on air....

Michaelangelo died a rich man - you don't have to wait to die before your work becomes recognised.

I value the tim…

The Relevant Audience

Every day, I spend a few hours (usually 3) down at a local cafe, sketching, socialising, being in the world. It serves a number of purposes - keeps me in touch, gets me out of the studio atmosphere and outside, and lets people see what it is that I do.

One of the biggest factors in being any kind of artist is that you're putting yourself out there, in the public view, and the public are going to have their opinion. Now, I learned a long time ago that people who don't like your work aren't your audience... if no one likes your work, then you don't have an audience, and you had better try something new...

However, people are strange, when you're a stranger, and even though I moved to this small town a couple of years back, I don't have the kind of personal history here that the locals have. So they don't know me, they don't know where I've come from - all they see is this woman sitting in a cafe, drawing.
Here's the interesting bit..... and this is w…

what I'm looking for...

Every now and then, you create a piece that sets the next level of 'brilliance' that you look for in yourself as an artist. My work 'organica perceptiva' (see site) was one such work... When I completed it, I stood back and thought 'That's cool.'
Now that seems like a pretty mild reaction on paper, but when you're producing art all the time, and the days seem to get blended with the creative roller coaster, to have that kind of response to your own work is a signpost - that you've hit a new stage of development.

There are plenty of artists out there that are already celebrated for their work, but it seems that celebrated or not, all artists are looking for the same thing at the end of the day - to see something new, both in the journey and the destination. If you ever reach a point when you're satisfied with where you are artistically, and you don't see a new road to take, or a new layer to learn about, then you're done being an artist. T…

Music and the Muse

Music has always been a big part of my life; it's how I tend to identify with life, and sharing life with other people - it has always been a way to include and inspire others, and provide a common ground.
In art, I use music all the time to help me find an emotional ground for any composition. Many times I have used the same album on repeat whenever I'm working on a particular piece, because it allows me to return to the same emotional and mental state that I need for that work. Art is all about translating emotion and thought to the visual arena, so having a musical counterpart to work with always keeps the translation even and balanced. At the moment, I'm working on a piece to Nine Inch Nails 'Downward Spiral' album - the emotional pitch I want for the art is found in the music of that one album.
Of course, you can imagine what happens when it takes six weeks to finish one piece of art.....

The Greatest Inventor

There are certain practical considerations when you're an artist..... least of which, where you work. I would love to meet an engineer who could build for me the perfect ergonomic drawing board and chair, maybe something gyroscopic so that it didn't matter which way you had to lean or tilt, you were always perfectly balanced, and the board could be tilted to the perfect angle and height, so that you could always reach the edges of the board without turning yourself into a pretzel....

Onward and Upward

Hello! Well, here it is, the official blog for zeddess arts... if you don't know why you're reading this, my name is Zian, I'm a fantasy artist, and I've had a lot of people asking me about the less visual side of my work - how I get my ideas, where I find inspiration, what kinds of techniques I use, and quite simply, how does an artist think?
Well, I can't speak for all artists, though we do tend to understand each other a little better than the rest of the world does - strange creatures we must seem to the rest of the community, and yet, to ourselves, we are simply following a necessary and engaging compulsion to create!

As the blog grows, please feel free to leave comments and ask questions - I'll do my best to keep up! Often as not, the art work itself takes priority over everything else.
I've just finished building my website and Facebook Page, so help yourself to a look, and if you are an artist, I would love to see some of your work too!
Keep cool, stay …