In painting, success is often the result of pleasing your own eye intentionally, and the public eye unexpectedly.
Gabe Langholtz, Boo Boo, 12x12, Acrylic on Canvas (Left); Gabe Langholtz, Ouchie, 30x30, Acrylic on Canvas (Right)
Sometimes I’ll use an older work as a springboard for a new piece. This is a handy tool when I’m lost and in need of some direction.
The idea is not to replicate, but rather emulate elemental aspects of the past work. This method has proved to be beneficial in a couple of ways, for me. The obvious being, it gets me out of the “creative” rut, and moving in some direction. The other is that it has the potential of lending itself to a series.
If you’re an experimental painter like myself, series’ are a great way to show some cohesiveness in what you’re doing.
Every new vision or idea should be thought of as a potential springboard for a new series. That is, an artist can (and probably should) create multiple original works based upon a singular vision or idea.
This does not mean each work in a particular series must be created consecutively. Because my ideas seem to come in bunches, I tend to develop my series’ over time. (At those times when the ideas are less forthcoming.)
In all honesty, there is no right or wrong way to create, but “create” is a verb and it does require action. So if you’re stuck, find yourself a springboard and dive in.
The problem with having your own vision, I think, is that nobody immediately sees it.
Gabe Langholtz, Watch Post, 12x12, Acrylic and Charcoal Pencil on Canvas