|Irises 8x10 pastel on paper|
Lately I've been on this, try something different kick. I blame it all on my friend John. He made a comment earlier in the year, referring to something as being "in my wheel house". He wasn't being mean he was simply stating that the subject matter was what I normally gravitate towards. After he said it I immediately thought, crap, I must be getting stale, or too predictable. After that I started choosing subject matter that was not in my "wheel house". I'm glad he said it because I've been having quite the adventure trying out new things. Don't get the wrong idea, I totally go back to that same subject matter that I feel safe with but now I'm just adding a few new things in here and there to try them out.
Another thing I've been trying out is doing several preliminary sketches before committing to a composition. Before I would usually just do a value study to work from. It serves the purpose for both the correct values and composition. This new system of doing sketches usually doesn't take that long and they're a great warm up. I gave myself permission to do these extra sketches after one day when I couldn't decide which shirt to wear. If I can drag out 10 shirts, try on each one, maybe more than once, before making a decision, I can certainly put forth that time and effort into trying out compositions. Honestly I could have told you how much time I waste trying to beat the bad guy in video games but I thought the shirt thing would be more relatable.