I've noticed a pattern emerging from my creative exploits. It seems that after a flurry of activity that comes with the creation of a new work, I experience a corresponding period of creative block. It's almost as if no new idea seems as good as the one that preceded it, and it's difficult to begin a new project. I've also discovered that the best way to handle this can be different for each artist. For me, it seems that persistence may pay off. I kept returning to the studio, day after day. I began several projects, only to arrive at a frustrating dead end. Some say it's best to do something completely different for a while, but for me, avoidance becomes an art form. Finally, yesterday as I puttered about in Photoshop, something clicked. I worked a few variations of a piece on the computer. I found it helps to test new ideas in this way, because it eliminates the worry of "wasting" materials. I came up with several variations, and I think I'm finally ready to go back to the studio.
This is the first of the exploratory works:
5" x 7"
After further manipulating, I came up with version two:
5" x 7"
Now that the creative juices are flowing again, I'll be heading back to the studio to work a hands-on interpretation. How will it evolve? Stay tuned for the next exciting episode!