"Táctil" is Spanish for tactile. Though I hardly speak a lick of Spanish, in the search for a catchy name for my business, "arte táctil" seemed to have a good ring to it.
It also describes my approach to art which is a very tactile process. Kind of the opposite of what is is experienced by this age of the computer. Though I like some computer work, and have done some minor manipulations of my own work with the machine, I prefer to create most of my work through tactile means. Personally, it allows me to really get to know my subject and put my heart into my work. Plus, I am in the art business because I enjoy drawing and painting, not working with machines.
Another "táctil" process I like to engage in is playing the guitar and writing music. This is a good outlet for me because there is usually no pressure to create a "work of art" and so I can just focus on being creative and having fun.
However, I recently joined my church's praise band and so the expectations are a little different when playing for an audience. Since our band doesn't perform that much (our church traditionally sings a capella), and my musical abilities are limited, I have been practicing quite a bit lately, especially during this week, to the detriment of my art production. I have especially been focusing on a solo that I have that acts as a bridge between two songs.
Our band plays this Saturday night. So after this week I hope to get back to the drawing board and get back into the groove of producing art work.