I finally finished the front of the Wolf triptych over a week ago and I've been trying to resolve the ideas for the inside panels.
I hadn't imagined the wolf blending in so much with the forest (and in reality it stands out a bit more than it does in the photo) but it seems fitting that he can observe while the figure goes on her way oblivious to his presence.
Would you keep on making your art if no-one gave you any money or recognition for it? For how long?
This is a question I sometimes have to ask my clients.
For more creators than we care to imagine, recognition can take a lifetime to achieve - if it comes at all.
‘Body of work.’ Whenever I heard that term, it seemed to represent a mysterious cohesion of vision that I would never be capable of.
It took me forever to understand what a body of work really is and why I might need to create one.
I just couldn’t wait to get started!
I finished up a big client project and I wanted to use the freed up time for a writing project of my own. But I didn’t take account of needing some quality downtime between putting the client work to bed, and starting my own project.
"I work very, very slowly." I admitted, rather shamefacedly.
I was replying to the artist son of a friend of mine about progress on my artist's books.
I can't tell you the relief I felt when he told me that he also works very slowly and finds the work so intense and demanding that he can't focus at it for more than a few hours a day.
In that brief conversation, I realised that working slowly and deliberately - often getting up very close to the piece - is how I find focus. It's how I reach that place called Flow.