What do you want to be when you grow up? When this question was asked of my (then) 8 year old daughter, she confidently replied: ‘A dolphin trainer, a teacher, an actor and maybe a singer’. How amazing that she gave herself so many options for her future.
Why limit career choices to just one? Most of us have changed careers several times, so why impose a limit on those choices?
It’s the same with ideas and painting. There are so many choices and potential solutions. In this particular piece, I’m still trying to work out how to soften the hard black and white shapes.
After photographing the painting, I printed it and explored multiple ways to take the work forward. There’s no such thing as a bad solution, there are only solutions that don’t quite solve this problem in a way that I like. Or, there are OK solutions that are stepping stones to even better solutions
Idea generation is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. It’s a concept I’ve been noodling over these last few weeks. Many artists (including myself) have a fear of ‘running out of ideas’. While this is a common fear, the notion of continuing to work an idea, coming up with multiple solutions, multiple variations of an solution really helps to combat the paralyzing forces of perfectionism and feeling blocked. How else can this be solved? What if you turned this problem upside down? What are some of the worst possible solutions to this problem? And what would be even worse? What if you gave this problem to Lucy and Ethel, how might they solve it? What about Beavis and Butthead, how might they approach it?
So here’s to dolphin trainers, teachers, baseball players, chefs, artists, engineers, homemakers, ballerinas and hairdressers! Here’s to moving from ‘I’ve got it!’ to ‘I’ve got them!’.
How many artists does it take to change a light bulb? As many as you can find.