I’ve been on a creative roll with the masks. You my have seen images of the latest ones – if you follow me on Facebook for example – but I looked at the two new steampunk masks and decided they needed more – and less white. So I added some more detail.
It’s like writing. You think you’re finished, then more ideas come. That’s why it’s a good idea not to publish too soon. Allow your work to settle, then go back over it and add detail and texture.
See the dots? They weren’t there before.
And on the second steampunk mask, a few copper strokes. I also added more copper around the edge of the mask. Note the detail around the nose and in the cleft of the chin as well.
and I added more detail to the beige veil mask. More braid and a big buckle. And a bit of leather.
I’m going to do more paintwork in the Magan Mask of Power too. And in my writing, I’m adding details into my next book, a non fiction book on writing. So this is a kind of take-another-look-and-add-detail part of the creative process. The point is that the act of creation is a continuing process. You can think you’re finished, but if you allow room for reflection, you may discover that your work needs, just a little something extra.
I suspect it’s the same for God; if you subscribe to the belief that there’s a creator, then he/she/it keeps on working. You’re always a work in progress. Everything is a work in progress. Life being your greatest work of art. If you don’t think that you create your life, you have to, at least, accept that you’re a co-creator of it. Otherwise we couldn’t make anything – not even a cup of tea.
What did you create today? Dinner, perhaps? Breakfast?