Mixed media/December 2016
One of my newest pieces. It is a Work in progress and I would like to take away a few minutes of your time to explain something I often get asked about:
Why do you post a Work in Progress, why do you post something Unfinished?
There is more then one reason why I do it. Firstly, I would like you to see the process. Seeing a WIP and seeing something I dub a finished artwork, can give someone some insight into my creative process and I think, creative process in general. It also gives me the same info. I have the chance to observe and study myself, see my flaws and where can I improve, in a way that it does not impact my imagination and inspiration.
Secondly, just like everyone else, I sometimes get stuck. Regarding this particular artwork, it is not the case, but it happens. It happens in all forms of Art for me, these artworks I create, my poems, my stories, you name it. Posting a WIP can incite commentary and more importantly, advice. You don’t have to be a professional critic or anything similar, any word from someone else can so easily set the inspiration sparks going again. It can also show problems that I do not see, which I can correct before the final version, to make an artwork that is more accessible. To use this artwork as an example: The lighting needs work, the piece is too much obscure. Someone with bad eyesight might not get a chance to experience this artwork. There is many things like the lighting I mentioned that can be tweaked. But sometimes, starring and working on an artwork for hours, gets you so immersed in it that you simply overlook the simple and basic things.
Thirdly, sometimes it is a challenge I set for myself. When I am writing, I usually do not stop until the poem/story is finished. I am way too often scared of my ideas fleeting before I can fully pen them down, from start to end. I have developed habits where I prevent this from happening, and it feels hard on myself to challenge myself. By posting this WIP, I can see how it is now. I am not working on it now, I will be working on it later. Later, I might artistically be, in the hour of working, an entirely different person. And this artwork might turn out better, for my own self, than what I originally intended. It is about letting your ideas grow firmer, deeper and not being scared of change of inspiration.
Those are some of my reasons for posting a WIP, and for the same reasons I appreciate a lot when artists post their WIPs..
What do you think, do you see merit in seeing a Work in Progress, or you prefer to see a finished product?
Thank you to all who managed to read through my wall of text. As always, I am open to your thoughts, suggestions and questions. Have a nice day!