I would guess that most often artists find themselves creating from their own ideas, or perhaps those of a patron for a commission. Occasionally we do create for an upcoming show’s predetermined theme. For these shows serendipity can sometimes play a role, and when a “call-to-artists” is read there is already something completed and on hand that is just right. Other times you have to sit down with the sketchbook and think of something that perhaps you wouldn’t have.
In general, I like creating for these shows, and the way they force you to stretch creatively. That is not to say that some do not drive me to distraction. About a month ago I worked on one such piece. I’ll share that one in a couple of weeks when the show goes up in the gallery.
Below is my newest art doll “Wednesday’s Child.” She was created in answer to a monthly challenge that is posted by an art doll group that I belong to. I hadn’t created any dolls to date that were based on nursery rhymes, though it does seem a natural area for fodder given the medium. Gesture in these small figures is always a focus for me. I think her body language says woe, but hopefully she’s thinking of ways to make things better.