Over the last few days, I've been really thinking about my process. For the majority of the year so far, I'd say I don't have one. It's been about experimenting. I have painted with oil (once!), acrylic, watercolor, and gouache. I've painted landscapes, florals, abstracts, dogs, portraits, and lots of in-betweens.
It began with the creative unblock challenge. I noticed that cutting organic shapes was easy and just felt right. I forced myself to try a few geometric ones and it was like I just couldn't do it. So strange, I thought. I started to jot down other things I noticed, what felt right and easy to me while painting and what didn't.
Another morning, I had a really bad day painting and it seemed to make the rest of my day awful. I journaled a little about how I was feeling that day and how I couldn't get into the flow of painting. Since then, I've noticed how a good day painting affects the rest of my day. How do I have a good day painting so I have a good rest of the day? Or how do I not let one affect the other?
I've also looked for my process, surely I have one. What kinds of things am I doing that I don't realize I do? Are those things helping my work or hurting it?
Yesterday I had a really good painting day. I enjoyed the process and I was happy with the result. So I began to analyze yesterday's process. How can I replicate that?
I also began to think about how different these Fursday paintings are from my other work. How can I start to combine parts of these styles together? I noticed that yesterday's painting had a good mix of loose and tight painting. It's recognizable, I painted from a photo reference yet the colors are fun and many of the lines stayed loose.
Today I challenged myself to follow a similar process as yesterday and to combine some of the things I like about Fursday paintings with things I enjoy when I paint more abstract.
I like where this going. I find it interesting. I also like that it's a new problem to solve, this analysis of my process. I know that as soon as I figure it out, I'll be bored with it! So there's that, and there's keeping a sense of humor about it all and just enjoying the journey.