I don't think I've ever been quite so methodical in my approach to a new series of work. I usually dive right in and figure out what I'm doing as I go along. But this time, knowing I'm gearing up to work on some ginormous panels (have I mentioned I want to work on a ladder?), I am taking the next few weeks to experiment and play with ideas. My hope is that by the time I am in the studio this summer, this time of trial and error will have rewarded me with some clear ideas about what I want to do on a much larger scale.
Having said that, this is the creative process I'm talking about, and plans don't usually enter that equation very often. If anything, plans have a way of getting in the way, so I figure I'm already treading on thin ice, which makes it that much more thrilling.
It doesn't take much to make me feel like a daredevil.