I did it! Started work on the monster project this weekend. Had no idea I had already done so much of the work. The thinking, conceptual part of this work has been solid for a long time. The manual “arting” part is more developed than I remembered. Huzzah! I am at the part I really enjoy. Serene weeks of work ahead with little or no thought! Except for the dead ends/surprises/shedding of long held certainties/tweaking and the odd ideas I get in the middle of the night!
MY personal belief, arrived at over years of painting, printing, etc., comes down to one question. Why does this need to be made? I started painting very realistic acrylic paintings-local scenes, etc. They sold well, but took too much time.
I decided to make a change and returned to printmaking. I started my monoprint series: “Natural History”. Some of the examples are on this blog-more on my website: http://www.hladikvoss.com
Most good artists are capable of many different types of work in different media. I don’t see the point in making more of the same work that other people can make. Ask the question-what do I do that is unique? Maybe you experiment with media. Maybe you have an idea for a project that is outside of your comfort zone? ( My painting clients didn’t like my prints-my print clients might not like my new work.) I think that the more you open up to those odd thoughts, the happier/ better you will be.
I don’t think that any work I made was a waste of time. I needed to learn to paint-print, etc,. so I would have the tools I need to create what I need to make next. ( same feeling about the rest of my life, too!).
More to come–
Have a great day and start writing down those crazy ideas of yours. I have a feeling they will lead you someplace fantastic!