Somewhere in all that mess I carved out a couple of hours and managed to come up with a new design. An actual new design--the kind of new where I thought it would be cool and then did it all within the same hour. Usually I get an idea for a new design and it sits in the back of my brain for weeks or months waiting until I remember to actually try it out. It never feels so new that way. Here's my new, new idea:
After making a dozen or so of these little blossoms, I realized they looked a lot like something else I've played around with recently:
I think this is why I'm hoping to keep up the painting end of things--for the cross-pollination that happens when your brain is working on new ideas. Clearly, working in one medium long enough (too long?) makes it easy to get stuck or start feeling stale. Changing up the tools and media naturally encourages your brain to make new and different connections. Some might even call it playing.
Was I trying to make metal versions of these little line drawings? Not consciously. But obviously some tiny outpost in my brain had accepted the mission. Anyway, I know flowers are cliché enough to be almost banal, but--dang it--I like flowers and I'm enjoying making them for now.
I've put a few new earrings in my Etsy shop and I suspect I'm going to be working on various iterations until I'm bored with them. That's Rule No. 9 from Austin Kleon's "Steal Like an Artist."
RULE No. 9: Be boring. (It's the only way to get work done.)What do you think about flowers as a motif? Are they so overdone they're completely lame? Is there still any artistry to be wrung from the theme? I thought there might be a raging online debate on the overuse of flowers in art, but an extensive Google search turns up nothing, so I guess I'm good to go!