However, there are some of us with slightly restless spirits, who enjoy change, and who thrive on the excitement of a new challenge. I am one of those; I have frequently stuck to my favourite medium and worked to a theme, particularly for exhibitions, since I find that this often strengthens my work as one image leads to another - but equally, there are times when I long to find something unfamiliar to take on, a new idea, a new challenge, something to shake me up a bit!
Even for a relative beginner, change and experimentation can be rewarding. How else can you find out what you DON'T want to do ...unless you try it and discover you dislike it! And how wonderful to try something new ...and discover you LOVE it!
If you feel that you are, perhaps, slightly stuck in a groove - I won't say "rut" because that is a bit disparaging - groove is a much nicer way to put it - then I want today simply to encourage you to try out making some changes, if only for the sheer fun of it, and I will give you a few ideas.
CHANGE OF SCALE.
Often, artists stick with a particular size and format for their work. Changing the scale of your work can make a huge difference to the way that you approach a piece. If you usually work large.....try working far smaller than feels comfortable to you. You will have to find new ways to make marks.
Same thing applies to working large if you usually work small. A tiny thumbnail, blown up to a BIG canvas or sheet of paper, will show you instantly that some areas or shapes which work fine in a tiny format , simply don't work well on a much larger scale. You may need to rethink how you tackle those larger shapes to make them more interesting.
CHANGE OF FORMAT
Most artists work within a rectangle. If you have never tried working within a square - try it. It feels quite different . I will talk about the whys and wherefores in another blog devoted to working in a square, but for now, just try it - it is like putting on a garment in a style you have never worn before.
|Fishing off the Jetty, pastel on paper|
|Summer in St. James' park, London. Pastel on paper|
|sisters in white, pastel on paper.|