Working in Series

beyond its reach: Digital collage in progress, 13 layers
beyond its reach: Digital collage in progress, 13 layers

Some artists work on one piece at a time, giving each work their full concentration. I am not that artist! Producing creative output in any form whatsoever is admirable, and I bow to those of you with laser focus. But my way involves multiple pieces, all at once. A series, you might say.

I have been working in series for a while now, and it works well for me. You see, I see patterns, and when I can feel the work interacting with each other, I’m energized. Sometimes, it’s by a common compositional feel, like grids, or maybe it’s a similar texture treatment. Maybe that commonality doesn’t happen until very late in the game, and sometimes I even figure it out after the fact.

the stones were listening: Digital collage in progress, 9 layers
the stones were listening: Digital collage in progress, 9 layers

My first series, Threads, evolved from a call for art inspired by fabric. Though I didn’t get into the show, I loved how the common textures of handmade materials united the work. My next series evolved over  three years of work, from 2014 to 2016, but as a whole, grid compositions united all the pieces. My current series revolve around landscapes, both new and familiar, and with the work-in-progress images in this post, I can spot another series in the making! While definitely still landscapes, they feel too imaginary to fit anything I’ve started so far; perhaps a fantasy dystopian theme? Hey, maybe somebody needs a book cover!

How about yourself? What’s your process for getting things done, in any order or fashion?

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