Another busy week gone by with only a few morsels to show for it, so let's keep this short and sweet. I'm working on a few things here and there, so will post about anything that happens when it does. For now though, let's stick to a couple of drawings and look ahead at what's around the corner.
I maintain an ever growing task list that keeps track of everything from actual jobs that need to be completed, to random ideas that I don't want to forget. The problem is that the list keeps growing, and aside from the work related tasks, there are no due dates to ensure that everything ticks over and gets done. So this week I took a plunge into the pool of ideas that were added some time ago, only to find a whole bunch of tasks to start working on.
These days I try not to anticipate too much for the future, as a good idea doesn't always come to life for any number of reasons. I used to be the kind of person who talked about all the things they wanted to do, or all the ideas that were brewing away inside. It's a nice feeling to share excitement and hype with others, but there's another side to the coin that leaves you with heightened disappointment if there are no results to follow up with. Hence, I try to keep things to myself now, which seems to be working out a lot better, but that doesn't mean I don't want to share.
Learning from that previous hype train has been good to me so far. I know that if I write about something I'm excited about here, then it's already in the works and there's some guarantee that it will happen.
This year has been characterised by focus for me, in that I am narrowing my focus and efforts in a more directed way than before. It's been a while since I worked on anything other than digital art, which feels like missing out on something that sparked my love of creating in the first place.
So the first project I'm working on involves a paint and canvas series, but that's probably not too exciting. In fact, I'm looking forward to getting stuck in because it feels like a fundamental requirement. It's as if I'm just faffing about when I do digital work, which is still fun and interesting, but if I get my hands dirty and physically push some paint around, I'm in my element.
That's not to say that I would abandon the digital sphere altogether. The next project that I'm looking forward to is focused on education and development, as I haven't had much opportunity lately to study anything interesting. There are countless forms of online art courses that all have something to offer, but I've had my eye on a couple for a while and have set aside time each week to get one underway. I haven't decided yet if I'll make some kind of regular series of posts here, but if I think there's something interesting about it then I probably will. At the moment I'm struggling to get this regular Sunday post going with something interesting every week, so let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.
Of course there are other little things here and there that will come up when they're ready, but I meant it when I said I'd keep this post short. As always the aim is to use this blog as a vehicle for developing and improving in a number of different ways, so I'm trying not to be too hard on myself at the same time. Organic growth can be encouraged, but it's probably best to avoid forcing a situation when one isn't meant to be.
High fives for the cooler weather that's rolling in - I can feel the energetic buzz of productivity and motivation growing with every day of rain. Bring on the crisp cool air of clarity, for the appetite of creation is never satiated.