(Now remember this is just how I go about giving birth to an idea!)
|Red & Orange Streak, Georgia OKeefe|
Step 1: Theme ... Here I decide what I want to say. I've seen many, many quilters make a quilt and then decides what it says. That might be fun for an exercise but for something as important as Sacred Threads that just won't do. For me, though its easy. I want to continue on with my worship series. Worship for me is an big part of my spiritual life and it's fun to bring both my passions (worship/art) together. This would be the fourth in the series.
|Victory Dance, Deborah Nell|
want to create. Of course with this project, I totally understand the subject. That brings me to looking at inspirational ideas. What works for me is to study how other artists have covered a subject. From the beginning of art, artists have looked to other artists to inspire their own work. With the advent of the internet it's become that much easier. Over the last 10 years, I've currated my pinterest boards. I use them not only to
Step 3: Brainstorm ... In the past I would do this mentally, but as I get older I find it's not a bad idea to write things down. Most of the time it starts out on quarter cut pieces of scrap paper that I'll jot down as I'm talking to my customers. It goes somethings like this..... VERBALLY Yes, I'm sorry to say but the no-iron pants in 14 petite are on back order till December 14....MENTALLY I love how
those the curves radiate right off the edge of this painting. It makes it seem like the praise just keeps going and going. PHYSICALLY Jot down a quick sketch and put it in the pile for after work. (Oh yeah, I do get my customer her pants ... we always have those pants in some color!) Then the little sketches can be later evaluated and stored for the next step.
Step 4: Design ... This is where rubber hits the road. I mean, it's all fine and good to be
talking about a new design but if you can't get it down on paper, it's all for naught, right?! For me I'll do simple line sketches of the different ideas and elements from previous steps. They don't have to be anything fancy, but they have to start looking like an actual compositions. I do this with both abstract and figurative designs. And no...I don't do just one.... I'll do a few. THEN I can evaluate which one is the strongest. The strongest goes safely into my sketchbook where it can later be refined.
And THAT's how an idea is born. For me, it's all down on paper. I know weird, but I really do need to have a road map on where I'm going or I'll just end up standing still...or worse yet....circling back to the beginning. With that said, I definitely don't guarantee that I will get to where I actually meant to but I'm quite sure it will be someplace interesting.
So What Are You Up to Creatively?