You will think that’s a strange title as I have nothing of consequence to show you at the moment. However, I was reminded of something earlier today and I thought I would tell you a little story.
There comes a point in most pieces of work when you are finished! Sometimes, however, that isn’t the case, you just aren’t sure if you should add something else. It is so easy to overwork your art at this stage, so the best thing you can do is stop….
Well, I live with mine as it is for a while, it stays either on the design wall or desk and I keep looking at it. Sometimes I’ll just place another element on top and walk away for a while, it can be removed and replaced with another – or will help me to decide that ‘that’s enough’. I think everyone has their own way of handling this, and I’d love to know what you do.
However, a former tutor assured me that this was the way forward:
1 Get copies of your work (easy to scan now – then it was a case of taking it to the printers and getting expensive colour copies!)
2 Hide them in unexpected places. She suggested underwear drawer, kitchen drawer, back of the settee, on the window so that you saw it as you drew the curtains
3 I’m sure you get the idea…..
Well, first get your copies! This was over 20 years ago, and we didn’t have a printer in town. The only time I ever did it was really costly – fuel to get there (the nearest place to get colour copies was about 15 miles away) – car parking (it was the most expensive parking in the whole of S E England) – and the copies were £5.00 each, which at the time was extortionate. I managed to persuade the printer to reduce the size slightly which meant that two images could be printed instead of one, but that only left me with four images – and I’d been told that ten is the perfect number. The journey home was eventful too. A lorry, travelling in the opposite direction, had left a rope swinging at the rear of his vehicle. It swung just as he passed – right into my windscreen, so now I was covered with glass and stuck at the side of the road!
No mobile phones then, of course! (Well, if there were, I didn’t have one). It was a walk to a phone box to arrange a new screen, and of course it began to rain on the way back. DH was not pleased when I got home, especially as I eventually decided to hide one of the prints in his sock drawer so that he could give me his verdict too! To say that I didn’t find the exercise helpful is putting it mildly, and did I repeat it? I’ll leave that to your imagination. Of course, it would be easier now with scanners and appropriate software on most computers but……
So, what do you do? I’d be interested to know. I follow several blogs by email. It’s lovely to be able to read them when I’m not online, and I do like to switch off the computer every now and then! I try to go to the website to comment too, but don’t always have time for that. One of the blogs I follow inspired this post. It’s worth a look, so pop over here and take a peek. Oh, and if you missed the reminder yesterday, don’t forget that I’m doing this TV thing on Thursday. More about that here. (Sorry to keep on about that, but if the viewing figures are good they might even ask me back, LOL)