Starting New Work

Starting New Work

"When nothing is sure, everything is possible"

British novelist, Margaret Drabble
I am never sure about what I am doing when I start new work. This is not so much a creative block as it is an overwhelm of ideas. 
I find inspiration everywhere but when I sit down to get it out on canvas, it goes all sideways. 
I stubbornly and routinely attempt to start with a theme in mind, only to be sidelined in a whole different direction. It has taken some time but I finally accept the fact that I am what is known as a 'process painter' - meaning I just start working at it until something appeals to me. 

All that said - it is still frustrating to get started. Procrastination is an artists' bane and I am not immune. So I decided that some of the work I do already lends itself to some warm up activities to get the juices flowing. These include creating mono prints with the Gelli Plate (if you are a creative and have not used one of these - well - you MUST). I also use the mono prints in collage as background to just get somehting started.  Sometimes these get completely covered up, but oh well ----"Process Painter"! I'll pull out stencils and Gesso over them to create texture right on the canvas.  
By the time I do all these things I get impatient for it all to dry because now I am ready to go forward. 
Do you have a creative endeavor that you love yet find it hard to get started? What methods do you use to start a new project? Please share in the comments below, I'd love to know!

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