I spent the bulk of yesterday organizing and getting started on the next project. As usual, as I was thinking it through, several other ideas came to mind. I find that this happens often when developing a new idea.
While it can be a good thing, it also tends to slow me down. It is as if you go into a candy shoppe and see fifty different types of candy – each one delicious in their own way, and you are told that you can have only one or two pieces. How in the world do you choose?
There comes a point when I have to just shut off my mind and focus on the task at hand. I find that there are days when I look at a a basic idea and think to myself “I could do this with these!” . . . “Oh! And I can do this too!” . . . “And I can even do them this way!” . . .
Before long, I find that I overwhelm myself with choices and wind up going in circles with my thinking. And that isn’t really very productive.
So it comes to a point where I have to just stop thinking and start drawing. Since you can’t draw more than one thing at a time, you have to make a choice and put the pen to the paper (or the pen mouse to the tablet in my case) and just start pushing it around to create something. And go from there.
While it seems easy to say, it isn’t always as easy as you would think. I find that these different ‘versions’ of a certain idea can muddy up the water enough to really slow things down. I am constantly looking for things to make both my painting people happy as well as my scroll saw people. Many designs can be (somewhat) easily done in a version to please each of these groups, but there are times when I don’t know which one to do first.
So yesterday in my thinking about the next project, I began with designing a new pattern for the painters. I think this may be another design that the Artist’s Club would be interested in and it will be a great candidate for one that I will offer in kit form for the painters who don’t scroll.
But as I was drawing, I got to thinking – “How COOL would this look scrolled?” and my mind wandered off in that direction too. I then found myself completely side tracked and thinking in another direction. Then there were the variations on that. And before I know it the day was just about done and while I was full of ideas, there was little that I actually drew on the computer.
I wouldn’t at all consider it a wasted day though. In fact, sometimes these types of days are predecessors to some of my best projects. In the many years that I have done this (designing) I have learned that the unseen internal work of planning is equally, if not more important than the actual drawing. While there are times when some projects seem to just create themselves, more often than not they are offspring of other ideas that started out in one direction, and through refinement and thinking have gone through a type of metamorphosis and turned into a decent project.
”Catterfly” by the artist Evana is available as an art print
So for today, I am ready to spend the day drawing. The work that I will do may seem to others like it comes quickly, but that is only because of the time that I spent yesterday thinking things through and getting my plan laid out in my mind.
It will be both satisfying and fun to see things come to light. And I look forward to seeing the project develop over the rest of the week. In all its different forms. :)
Have a great day today.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"