Today I'm sharing a strategy that I use when I'm feeling stuck: I begin a series. If I've finished something recently that I really liked or enjoyed doing, then I'll begin another similar one. That's the case for this collage series I did in 2012. Each collage began with a photo of a local building. I used similar techniques on each one, layering mostly geometric shapes. I ended up with eight and these are four of my favorites:
If I haven't finished something recently that I really like, then I'll look back through my old work...collage, paintings, photos, whatever. I'm looking for two pieces that have something common. The two (or more) pieces don't have to be 'good' ones, just a spark (a hidden interest that I hadn't noticed) to begin a new series. I'm looking for something that I can build on. That's the case in the photos from 2013 below. I noticed I had a couple photos of my dog sleeping in the sunlight. The dramatic lighting made for some interesting patterns. Then I began to look for those photo opportunities everyday. I may have even encouraged my dog to lay in certain spots to get just the right composition. I keep working the series until I lose interest, which hasn't happened yet with the dog + shadow series.
Maybe you have the beginnings of a new series right in front of you.