Liz Kettle here with you today.
I am The Fill in Girl for my chiropractor. I used to work as an assistant regularly but now I just fill in when one of the other assistants is on vacation. I have always had secondary jobs in the health care industry since I was a teen and helping out at the doctor’s office my mom worked at.
At this chiropractic office we use cutting edge technology and methods for patient care but are totally old school when it comes to bookkeeping. We still use ledger cards and hand write in the expenses and payments. It is simple, it works and it helps us connect better with patients while we are recording their visit because we aren’t behind a computer monitor.
This got me thinking about the never ending search for new and different in our society and in art making. So often it seems that everyone gets excited about the technique of the week or style of the month and everything else is as boring as yesterday’s leftovers. But, we end up seeing that style or technique everywhere so it too becomes boring and dull.
Do you remember the (thankfully short lived) period where dryer lint was all the rage in textile art?
I confess I am totally guilty of this! No, No...Not the dryer lint thing just the hopping on the band wagon bit. Sometimes I get really excited about the possibilities of a new technique that I often try adding it into my work. There were a few times that it worked well but there were many more times that I found myself trying too hard to force in a technique that really didn’t support what the artwork was about.
Forcing an element into my work would cause frustration and stagnation as nothing flowed easily. Eventually, I would remove the incredibly cool part featuring the awesome technique and the piece would come together quickly and beautifully. Has this ever happened to you?
Sometimes 'old school' is better.
I chose a daisy photo for today's post because they are one of my favorite flowers; simple, clean, old fashioned. I think I might put a big photo of a daisy in my studio to remind me to think of simplicity when I am stuck or in the clutches of some sexy new technique.