Back in March I read about idea debt:
"Idea Debt is when you spend too much time picturing what a project is going to be like, too much time thinking about how awesome it will be to have this thing done and in the world, too much time imagining how cool you will look, how in demand you’ll be, how much money you’ll make. And way too little time actually making the thing." –Jessica Abel
And as I posted then what often happens to me is that I lose interest in the idea. The excitement for the project fades. Maybe I started and have this half finished thing or maybe I never even began.
Awhile ago I started this larger painting. I remember being excited about it. I have the two resource images that I was working from. And yet I couldn't remember what it was about and why I was excited.
I liked the colors and I felt the design could be reused. Maybe it could be something else? It sat there for a few more weeks. Then one day at the library I happened upon the book that I was reading when I began the painting. So I checked it out thinking maybe I could find my spark again.
I reread the section that began the painting and I felt it again. I found a few other resource images and started to experiment. Pretty soon the excitement was back along with a new plan. That's pretty unusual for me. I usually cycle though ideas and styles pretty fast. I prefer to move on and not rework something old. This one is different and that feels pretty special. Fingers crossed it all works out.