The next two days on my calendar are completely empty, and that means I have two blissfully expansive chunks of time during which I can get lost in my latest creative work. Now that I've reached the down slope in my first official week of working on my next series, I realize how long it has been since I've dug deep into a creative project this ambitious. My last major endeavor (major as in time and scope) got wrapped up last September, and ever since then it has been a series of smaller projects. It was a welcome respite to only have to work with the burners on low for a while, but now it's time to create some brighter sparks and take some bigger risks.
The fact that I'm investing in the rental of a large studio for two months this summer is turning out to be a great motivator. While it wouldn't be the worst crime in the world to wait until I was in that space before I started experimenting with ideas, I would much prefer to take the greatest advantage possible of having such a huge space all to myself. My goal is to take time now to flush out ideas on paper and small panels so in early June I can begin working on larger panels knowing what I want to do with them. I have been able to work on larger pieces here and there, but the last time I worked on a panel that was five feet wide I had to set it up on a cabinet in our hallway. Having a bigger studio space means I can go totally crazy, and I can't wait to see what unfolds when I can work on panels that require a ladder.
"Look at your work and it tells you how it is when you hold back or when you embrace. When you are lazy, your art is lazy; when you hold back, it holds back; when you hesitate, it stands there staring, hands in its pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes." ~Art & Fear