Normally, I don’t like having more than three or four projects on the go at any one time! But, I currently find myself with six projects and only the fox nearing completion.
Portrait of a Red Fox WIP
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly WIP
Red Squirrel WIP
Family Portrait of an Orangutan and Baby First work in progress
So, why take on so many?
As the completion of a project nears, an eagerness to get onto the next project starts to take over. By going ahead and making a start on another project the pressure to simply rush the current project eases.
Also, pausing that initial project allows the following question to be considered:
Is the project progressing in the way that was intended?
After plotting out the second drawing I then go back and continue with the main project.
If the first project is particularly big then I may start a third project. Usually, by this time the first project is near completion and it is very rare to start a fourth. That only happens if there is a theme that involves a series of four artworks.
The reason I have found myself in this predicament is down to a clash of commitments, timescales and not planning properly.
Volunteering to undertake a demonstration on watercolour pencils required some preparation. It was a good opportunity to further explore their potential using the Albrecht Durer range. The butterfly was the planned demonstration piece with the wings being split into sections to show how watercolour pencils can be used both wet and dry.
What I had not planned for was the undertaking of a wolf project.
The wolf was started as I fancied trying pencils that had been bought some time ago and not been used. These were from the Caran d’ Ache Museum Aquarelle Watercolour range. They are considered by many to be the best. Apart from the use of Polychromous oil based pencils for the eyes, the rest of the work will be undertaken by only using the five watercolour pencils that I have from the Museum Aquarelle range. Unfortunately, they are expensive but nevertheless lovely pencils to use.
I am looking forward to finishing the wolf even though he was an unplanned project.
Then along came a deadline to focus more on local wildlife. That required the starting of two more projects which were the Hare and the Red Squirrel.
Suddenly, I had lots of uncompleted artworks.
If I want the artwork to be completed on time, a more disciplined approach is required
In the short term, I will be prioritising on the completion of the fox and then the butterfly. After that, I will concentrate on the wolf.
Unfortunately, the Orangutan which was started way back in early January will need to be put on hold while I concentrate on the local wildlife theme which will continue with the Hare and the Red Squirrel.
By next week I hope to be back on track!