I have written about my inspiration in the past, and I want to add to it. In 2021 I spent a lot of time developing my business, including building the website, finding the right print-on-demand service, and learning about online marketing. I found that I spent much of my time on the business and very little on painting.
To add to the situation, I began a larger painting than I usually create. It also has areas of intense detail. Typically, a lot of detail is a signature for my work, but a significate part of this piece has a lot of lettering.
I have a love/hate relationship with type! Anyone who took an illustration class with me knows how picky I am about handmade text. I would warn students if their final illustration had poorly created handwritten text, they could expect a lower grade on the project. And, for the sake of total transparency, those same students would tell you, and rightly so, that my handwriting is horrible!
I love the look of lettering, signs, and graffiti (especially the lettering). As I’m not particularly good at creating handwritten type, I find I must work twice as hard to create acceptable lettering.
As a result of spending so much time on the business, I began losing interest in completing the painting. That usually doesn’t happen to me with art that I have committed to canvas or illustration board. Don’t get me wrong, when I was much younger, before I learned to refine my concept art for a painting, I would occasionally lose interest in completing a piece of art. But the last time I recall feeling that way was close to twenty years ago.
When students would approach me with a similar issue, I would advise completing the piece, letting it sit for a month or so (or however long it takes to no longer feel attached to it), then giving the work an honest assessment. If you still think the work is unresolved, create a new piece with revisions, making it part of a series.
The bottom line is the painting, Crown Point Vintage, is done! I made myself complete it, and I am not unhappy with the results. It is part of a series of paintings of antiques, collectible, or thrift stores. The completed painting is the inspiration for my next two pieces.