I was talking recently to a friend about the creative process we all go through when making a new piece of work.
We were discussing our kids and the homework they get at school.
We were both saying how initially there can be disappointment when first approaching a new topic.
They create something but when they don't want to explore it further they feel they have failed. It's a fine line as a parent, teacher and artist in how to manage this. As, actually everything we create has value and is worth saving. This is because of the lessons we learn as we make mistakes.
Last week I went on a workshop to learn some more watercolour techniques. I think I literally froze for the first hour! I felt like a school kid again - not wanting to make any mistakes and wanting to make sure that when I had finished there would be something to show.
I watched the lady opposite me paint and then announce that she was going to throw her first painting in the bin! And suddenly I thought - what am I worrying about - everyone feels like this! So I cracked on!
I'm not going to share those 'experiments' as there really isn't much to see, however what I have learnt and remembered about how the paint ran across the paper and what happened when I added granulation medium to ink (VERY EXCITING!!) will inform me the next time I pick up a paint brush.
It made me think about my own printmaking process. I start with an image like this photo and then I begin to draw. I will draw,paint and collage lots of different versions sometimes before I am happy.....
And even then I'm still questioning the outcome. I'm working on this lino now and have been spending long hours carefully cutting to replicate the thin line of the pencil. Will it work? I don't know. Will I be disappointed? It's a possibility! Even after all that preparation and change.
But the idea has evolved and I'm really excited about that. I moved from a place of uncertainty and frustration to one of possibilty.
It's a funny thing the creative process but it's not to be left alone that's for sure!