Things have progressed with the “On My Marks” series and it’s time to start contemplating what’s next. I guess that’s fitting for the new year!
There are eight works at 25 x 25cm and most of them have changed quite a lot from those first marks.
“Switchback”, below, is the most successful I think. It’s going to be the inspiration for another series shortly. I like the way I’ve done the sky and the variety of marks and shapes that make up the “land”.
Reactions vary when my arty friends see me working on my art. It’s interesting to see who likes what and sometimes, I can predict their preferences. My own favorites will sometimes be different again. Regardless though, I keep plugging away towards some sort of resolution.
Resolution? It can be at one of several stages. I might feel quite unsatisfied with things or I can be comfortable with what I’ve done to varying degrees. The best result for me is to be feeling excited and inspired to move forward. There’s a large range of perceptions between the two extremes of unsatisfied and excited! The “unsatisfying” paintings are set aside, in “halfway hell”, to be reviewed sometime in the future. They might get a touch up if I can see something to improve, or they may end up in the reuse box.
This one has been a challenge. A problem child that wouldn’t cooperate! It’s going to “halfway hell” but I’m leaning towards using it for collage.
The in-between/comfortable paintings sit, waiting, until I make alterations or come to another conclusion regarding their fate. Are they done or not? I have to remind myself that not everything can be “exciting”. They might still be good enough to send out into the world.
This fellow is one I feel comfortable with. It’s almost there but I need to think about why that is the case and what I might want to do about it.
The “exciting” ones are offered for sale and entered into exhibitions. There are only two in this series that feel “exciting” at this stage. “Switchback” above, at the start of this Studio News, and “Refuge” below.
“Refuge” is one that felt exciting to varying degrees along the way. I still like it and it’s a starter for exhibitions etc.
Bearing in mind the different opinions of others when deciding these things is fraught with danger. I need to make the decisions myself otherwise I’ll forever feel uncomfortable about what I do with particular pieces.
I think, putting the doubtful ones aside earlier, rather than later, frees me up to build on what has been successful. Some would prefer to keep at it, trying to resolve things, but I feel better if I put them aside and move on. Depending on how far aside I put them, I may review things later and do more!
I wish you all a very happy and enjoyable Christmas and I hope the New Year brings all you hope for along with some nice surprises you weren’t expecting!
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