For instance, corrugated metal….I have a lot of fun with corrugation. Texturing possibilities are endless! I began with a simple corrugated sheet (shown above), then went to an altered one (shown below).
I seem to follow this pattern.
Shortly after this, I started playing with twists in wire, which lead to knots, which lead to coils, then there are the hammers and other textures… and so on!
I try very hard to find something that is uniquely mine. This is very difficult as sometimes it seems that there are no truly original ideas out there. However, variations on a theme keep me evolving and (hopefully!) improving my work. Sometimes I leave a design (or variation of it) element because it seems that it isn't so unique as I thought. I see pieces popping up in pictures or dispays that are uncannily identical to what I have just made.
At first, this really bothered me! I felt like others were just making lazy design choices. It didn't occur to me right then, that I may have seen something like what I was doing somewhere before and forgotten about it (making me appear to be the one making lazy design choices - and I don't want that!) ….or that a tchnique is a technique and will look similar regardless of the piece. Another possibility is that someone else somewhere came up with a similar idea all on their own. It happens. I get it now.
Here is a good post in The Torch that helped to put things in perspective for me as well as help me to lighten up and see the opportunity that this situation has presented to me.
I realized that nothing at all will come of me being upset by it (though it can feel a little discouraging at times - especially when I come up with something I think is totally brilliant only to see it show up on Artfire or a similar site… proving that I am not the only one to think of this!) and I now see it as a signal that it's time to move on and come up with or learn something new.
The positive side of this for me is that my creative abilities have to stay high gear and I can't become complacent. So, although I really enjoy a certain technique or design element, it becomes necessary to move on and try something different.
That doesn't mean that I won't ever go back to it, it just means that I will take a break until a new way of utilizing it comes to me. And, I really do love to learn something new (see previous post)!
Now, where did I put my sketchbook??
Until next time….