Perhaps it’s the infinite variations artists deal with that makes us, as a breed, shall we say, slightly more flamboyant, further to the left of the spectrum. Any spectrum. In the creative process there is no single “right” way to proceed, although I’m of the opinion that most works hold certain approaches, sometimes just one, that leads to the best results. It falls to the creator’s decision to go that way - the artist’s eye at work.
This becomes more agonizing in traditional art; a decision to invoke a particular brush stroke, a particular chisel strike, and the direction of the variation is set. Photo artists and digital artists confront the exact opposite problem in that no action is, holding the analogy, set in stone. Today’s work is an example of a capture that moved in multiple directions. Compare the work above to my most recent work, ‘Goes Around’. It’s the same capture visualized very differently and flipped. There are actually four versions, of which I’ve chosen these two as final versions. Final, of course, being relative.
Frustration can set in when variation after variation never seems to reach a conclusion, and I’m thinking of my own recent work ‘Chalk Angels’ that I spent literally days on. In that case, rather than multiple variations, it was a matter of applying technique after technique to the same work, never quite feeling like it was finished.
So many works, I’ve gone back later, sometimes years later, and created a new variation. Art becomes an analogy of the human experience - a constant morphing towards possibilities.
Creator and the creation. Are they ever finished with each other?
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.