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Working On Many Projects

March 12, 2018

I always have multiple art projects that I am working on. Most pieces are projects that were started recently, but there are some pieces that were started more than a year ago.


In this image, I believe all of the projects were sketched out within the last year.  However, I have many paintings that were started more than a few years ago.



As far as the ballpoint projects, the main reason I start more pieces when there are already several that need finished, is because I get many ideas in my head and if I don't get it put on paper right away, I will forget about it.  As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I do not always make thumbnail or preliminary sketches.  I often draw the idea on the 11"x14" Bristol board or piece of paper that will become the final product.


Now when it comes to which project I decide to work on on any given day, there are multiple factors that come into play.  It could be the amount of time I may have to devote to the piece, if I want to record the process, or if I have the color of pens I plan to work with, to name a few.  Sometimes, I am just not happy with the way a particular piece is looking at that point, so I will go back to it at a later date when I have a better idea of how to make it better.


When it comes to my paintings, I have very similar reasons why I choose which one to work on.  The main reason I don't do more paintings is because I don't really have the space to work on them at home, and I do not currently have studio space.  When I lived in Fort Myers, I rented studio space for a year and I created a lot of paintings.  I created way more paintings than I sold.  I moved to St. Petersburg not long after leaving the studio.  Since living here, I have barely shown my artwork in galleries or other shops, so I have many, many canvases taking up storage space within my home and garage.  Some of those canvases are finished paintings, some are still in progress, and then there are a lot of blank canvases also.  I really want to do some very large paintings, but I have nowhere to store them and have no way to transport them even if I had space to work on them.  So for now, the largest paintings I work on are 48"x60".


Basically, I just come up with way more ideas than there is time to fully create those ideas. Although, it might be easier to finish more artwork if I didn't have a regular day job to go to!


Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.  Have a great and artful day!!


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