DAY 17

Today I attended my 1st art exhibition featuring my own work! Quite a surreal experience to say the least but it’s something I’m going to want to do again when the opportunity presents itself. 

And with all that going on… I still managed to get this done and uploaded. Not as much free time left to fully refine it but it’s finished enough to get the job done.

Work In Work Out

I don’t know what the future holds for me as an artist but i’ll never stop chasing my dreams… Self doubt and lack of support can kill any ones passion and as time passes, life in general makes your goals feel even more unreachable.

I let that reality of difficult goals be my motivation to keep me pushing forward. I cant get back the time I wasted as a kid (and boy did i waste a lot) but i’m mindful of the time I now spend as a grown up. Full time work and a family are two things I can do nothing about but less time in front of the TV when the kids are sleeping and getting up earlier gives me the little extra time I need to continue my journey…

Self teaching has got me this far and I have no intention of slowing down.

If you’ve made it this far I’ll say this….

“Make the decisions today that your future self will thank you for”

“Make the decisions today that your future self will thank you for”

Should I Destroy My Old Art?

The time has arrived once again.

Like most artists I found myself looking back through some old boxes of  art I have worked on over the years reflecting on the creative journey I have taken. While adding my current batch to the 2017 pile, I decided to scrutinise every piece from a past and present perspective and the strangest thing occurred to me.

Out of all the work, the hundreds of A5 and A4 pages, I felt the same way then that I do now.

“Let me explain”

The pieces that I thought went well, still look as good then as they do now. On the flip side, the pieces that were failed then are still a failure now and eye sore to look at. The difference between then and now is my attitude towards how I approach a piece of art.

When I was, lets just say “Younger” if I started a piece of art I would be committed to finishing it, no matter how bad I felt it was going to turn out. Usually, I was right too.

I’d invest several hours of penciling and inking, pull back and after one look know I had wasted my time. “We have all been here”

These days, I try to work a little smarter and make sure that the concept is as solid as the execution. Good planning goes a long way and I learned this the hard way.

So here I was, going through all these works and I found my self creating a pile that held sentimental value and a pile that I always knew were failures from 9 years ago to 9 days ago. I had to get rid of this burden so started tearing them up, unsure if I was making the right decision at the time, 15 minutes later it was done.

Artistic Junk Pile

After looking at the pile for a solid 10 minutes, I decided to put all these failed pieces to good use in the only way I knew (See above)

Many people choose to keep every single piece of work they ever create, both digital and traditional but I couldn’t so the same. Some times looking back at piles failed work can subconsciously make you take steps backwards.” This was the case with me anyway”

I wouldn’t advise anyone do the same as I did but I thought I should share my experience all the same as it’s a cross-road all artists cross at some point.

I suppose scanning  your work could also be an option that covers both choices to keep & destroy.

I’ll leave that decision up to you…

The Few That Survived

These are the ones that made it through by the way!

The Long Wait Pays Off

So, back in July “I think” I started work on a piece of art after receiving a letter asking for local talent to share their skills. I had to jump at the chance to flex my creative muscles.

After doing some research, I made a start on my initial sketch not knowing if what I had on my head would look the same on paper.

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The centre of Wandsworth had to be the focal point for this piece. I finished the rough sketch and after a few adjustments had no choice to force my self to move on to adding some colour in, especially if I wanted to meet the deadline.

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I’m not sure if this was one of the chosen methods the professionals used or was it just me. Working form the back to the front made the task a lot less daunting to take on.

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After some hours, the piece was as finished as it needed to be. I ended up working on it right up to the deadline and handed it in.

Then…. I waited….. and waited……… and waited……

I thought after a few months I would hear something but all I got was silence then something happened…

After coming home found my own work looking back me! Had to make a little video to capture this moment. We all have things we are passionate about and art is my weapon of choice. Some times progress may take weeks, months or even years but reward makes it more than worth it!