I'm pretty sure I haven't been this excited about painting since those first few days of beginning this project. I babbled away on Wednesday about finding meaning in the process and I've been thinking and jotting down ideas ever since.
We had a fantastic discussion in the year of creative habits Facebook group about the often used statement "it's not about the idea, it's about the execution." All those thoughts shared over there have been rumbling around in my head too.
Last year during my first year of creative habits I noticed that even though I consider myself a very visual person, my initial ideas show up in my notebook as words. At first I felt like I was doing something wrong. I mean aren't artists supposed to have sketches in their sketchbook? Often mine has just as many words but I'm beginning to embrace it. That's who I am and how I think. The words lead to sketches and the sketches morph into paintings. There's no right or wrong process, there's just what works for you.
I have so many ideas for paintings right now that I'm feeling the urgency to start them all. On one hand, I'm worried that my enthusiasm will fade. I need to paint them while I'm in excitement mode. On the other hand, I think I'm onto a series idea that I can really focus on for awhile. I think I've been going knee deep into various painting ideas and I'm looking forward to taking one broad idea and going much deeper with it. It'll be good to take more time with it and work some ideas out in different ways.
I've also been thinking about year long projects that focus on a single topic or image, instead of a single medium like I've chosen. One of my favorites is this Daily Bear project. I've wanted to have just one "thing" I'm focusing on but I've yet to find that "thing" that holds my attention longer than a week. I mean this year I've painted landscapes, florals, abstracts, portraits, and dogs. Ha, ha...maybe that's just who I am too.
I guess I'm saying that in this search to find my style this year, I finally feel like I'm onto something. Something that feels exciting and like me but also feels like it has plenty of room to grow and change. There's just no better way to end a week. Happy Friday friends!