I'm always really hard on myself when it comes to revising my artwork. I’ve been spoiled in a way, since I normally don’t go back to modify my pieces and work in the “as is” mentality. This process works for me artistically because it just feels raw and organic to create something in that moment. Process-wise, it also works since I work in small scale and don’t deal with too many layers. Simply put, I’m not a big fan of revising. There’s nothing wrong with my process, but May is causing a little distress:
Some time while I was half way through May’s collection, I started adding different elements to my pieces. It just happened! One minute I’m gushing over beautiful line work and the next I’m doing some line work.
Why does any of this matter? It doesn’t really matter, not in the grand scale of things. But for May’s collection I was trying to keep a cohesive theme throughout, think: colors/elements. In theory, you’d be able to pick up any two pieces from May and see their uncanny resemblance.
Should I go back and add these missing elements to my earlier pieces for the sake of the collection or not? Rhetorical question? Kinda. Is it weird (or worse, damaging to my creative self) that I’m hesitant to make changes to my work?
Is my art philosophy of “as is” sustainable?
I haven't decided yet. I told myself I'd take a photo of all the month's pieces together as a way of commemorating my first intentionally-similar collection so I have till then to decide whether I want to add those elements or not. On a similar note, I realized I'm not all that fond of using one color palette for long periods of time. There are a number of reasons for this so I can't quite pinpoint which is the most annoying. For starters, since these were hand-mixed colors, I had a hard time mixing them every time, mainly because the color would dry out. Maybe I should have used tube colors, or maybe they're not meant to be out for so long. But I found myself mixing new colors every time which really distracted from the time on the piece and the uncertainty of getting different shades. And I felt so bored. Maybe I didn't "love" the colors as much as I thought, or maybe I can't "love" a color for that long, but it was tough not grabbing the entire set and throwing it away. Yes, I thought about it. Twice.