March 23 I finished the last month in the Year Study. That is not to mean every single square is completed but I can say there is an end in sight and the twelve panels will be ready for Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week August 11-15 in Archbold, OH.
Visit Year Study – Collection Gallery to see the months and individual squares. Over time the full project will be uploaded.
Lessons learned? Sketch and complete each subject at least within the month. I jumped around and when busy with teaching stopped working on the pieces until months later. The creative momentum was lost for a particular design or a techniqueI had suggested did not interest me when it came around to doing that square. So I changed it.
I still procrastinate. Although deadlines are met, I prioritize the projects and decide whether a commitment is worth pursuing or can be shelved. This one will be completed because I told many people, it has been accepted as an exhibit, I am happy with the results, the documentation will be useful in future articles, workshops and the direction of my artwork practices.
Solution: Independent study with one person as student and advisor means goals or methods can be changed to meet the situation. Stay positive do not chastise, evolve. I changed some designs from original sketch. There were days with no sketches which I used to explore a series with pleasure. I got through by breaking the 365+pieces down into segments of a each month.
Results: When the project began I thought it would be rewarding to explore new techniques in surface design. Now 18 months later and counting, that goal was met and I have set another one: to educate. During the year photographs were taken when changes were made to a piece. I will write a series of articles describing the process, challenges and solutions. In future posts and the pages on the site under Year Study, mini courses will develop and a dialog with viewers. I found using social media helpful for encouragement, directed critique and developing an interested audience.
There is an urge to work on larger pieces finally. Abstract, geometric, simplified palettes, and environmental stories are the styles and subjects which will be developed.
To be continued. I am glad to be on this creative journey with you.