Sometimes I need to get started on something, anything, just to generate new ideas.
Chuck Close - WikiCommons
The wisdom of artist Chuck Close has been taken to heart. He says, "Every idea occurs while you are working. If you are sitting around waiting for inspiration,
you could sit there forever."
I've done that.
So, I started with these two pieces. I was using them to practice the gouache resist-India ink technique and wasn't necessarily going to post them. But then, I thought, "Why not write about it?"
Later, while still painting, I thought of the word "parameters." It is a word I heard over and over while watching Sketchbook Revival yesterday.
Hence, the plan for working in a series was formed for the summer months. I like the idea of thinking very deeply about a subject or an emotion, theme, color, technique, ...
I also like the idea of working in a short series (6-12 paintings), and not concentrating on making some big "official" body of work.
So, a number of smaller short series projects sounds like a good plan for the summer since it will also free up time for other adventures in creativity - art projects, crafts & gardening.