They don't suddenly need a break after a few months to change direction. They naturally reinvent, reconfigure, and turn back around on themselves.
You find yourself immersed in the work
losing your way, and then finding your way.
You get lost
you find yourself
you get lost
you find yourself
You stumble onto a color, a texture, or a technique that takes you through five paintings, and then suddenly you stumble onto another set of colors, textures or techniques, and you forget all about the first ones you were so intrigued by five paintings ago... But then you find them again.
|abstract painting #1|
You've pulled from one source here and another source there but it all becomes one long conversation. You just have to allow the work to keep going long enough to circle back around. If you hold out long enough, you'll eventually get back to that original infatuation, the thing that entranced you to begin with.
At a certain point one has to stop dictating to the artwork and allow the artwork to dictate to them. Otherwise you end up the way I used to be, always starting and stopping a new series after a few month's time. By allowing each artwork to have a life of it's own and go off on it's own tangent, you're able to maintain a certain momentum.
I used to think every canvas had to say everything and had to include every single idea and/or technique that I was ever interested in. I now know that that is not only impossible, it is extremely debilitating.
There's no way to recapture an exact feeling, idea, or moment in the studio, but
if you give the work the space it needs, it will slowly unfold on itself and recapture the feeling all on its own.
well, seemingly on it's own...
Momentum in the Studio- part I