Sunday, May 03, 2015
The benefits of pressure
I've been a bit in limbo for the last couple of weeks, trying to find something to inspire me and make me wake, anxious to get to the studio. I think its finally breaking after some small paintings and a remake of an old piece. I still sketch each day whether I want to or not. I believe part of the process is the process of just turning up and trying.
I've thought about what inspires me and what makes me produce and have come to the conclusion that it's pressure and deadlines. I've just completed the work for my solo exhibition, framed, ready to go, done the marketing plan, made the book, created the postcard invitations. Now what? There's a slump at the end of any project even if this one isn't complete until after the exhibition and artist talk in June.
Now I need to refocus on the plans I set out in January, my "Closer to Home" plans for creating work based on familiar places and things. But without a plan, a deadline and pressure to work towards it, its easy to get sidetracked and go down any number of rabbit holes that may or may not be related to art.
For now I'm getting ready to put some pieces in a seasonal gallery and also a new gallery on the west coast, but once that is delivered, I can flesh out my plan and set myself some goals to move ahead with.