a purposeful direction
Working in a series yesterday; beginning a new body of work, thoughts and new direction. Finally, getting to studio; that is always an endeavor. I began practicing with color theory; much pastel dust flying through the air and colors I have not picked up in a very long time.
Then, I began to reach in and trust my thoughts and couple that with teaching the night before my expressive class ‘the power of line’, I was ready. So, off I went. The best part of this process, I saw a series develop; opportunities flowing fast at me quickly and I had ideas emerge; titles, compositions, clarity and the best part inspiration and enthusiasm.
I see a series of work I can grab on to tight and like any good process, continuously asking the ‘what if?’ and ‘why not?’
Even though these are only schematic works, I see power and potential and as the article state, I have ‘moxie’. I will go back to the sketchbook and begin the process of design in a smaller scale and then the ‘sketch warrior’ will be back at it.
Sure, it’s a bird theme, but much more. Again, stay tuned.
Here are some tips from the article:
* Decide what you want your body of work to be about, either early on in the series or before you even start. The sooner and more specifically you’re able to define, quantify and outline your intentions, the more focused and directed you become, and the more unified the works will ultimately be.
* If you’re not sure whether you want to go in a particular direction with multiple works, rather than producing finished pieces right from the start, sketch out various ideas for compositions first. See whether they hold your interest individually or as a group, whether they’re worth following though on or whether they’re not quite as fascinating as you thought they would be, and you need to rethink your approach.
* For those of you who prefer or insist on making different kinds of art, work on several series simultaneously. Or take a break from working on a series and make one or two of whatever you want to make; then get back to work on the series.
* Once you finalize the ideas behind your art, stick with them. This isn’t always easy, but forcing yourself to maintain a high level of focus and discipline without getting distracted keeps you totally involved in the outcome. An unwavering intensity of engagement is always evident in a successful body of work.