I’ve been dabbling a bit with digital art; composites mainly, where I take a photograph from my camera roll, transform it into something else by applying different apps, most times blending with another image, and then refining that result. Sometimes the process varies but usually not by much.
I do this on my iPad. I limit myself to images already on hand and most always use only one or two – sometimes three apps. And since I’m already traveling light, I prefer not to bother with using a stylus.
The workflow is simple and the process very relaxing; I’ve never been so productive! Changing my method of approach has been a real game changer.
I walk into my studio (it’s recently been organized) and I can see all the tools and supplies everywhere I look. My big studio table is clean and clear and ready for art making. But sometimes that can be a little overwhelming – even a little intimidating. What do I do first? The idea of a big, white canvas sounds more like a lot of loud, white noise. More times than not, I just turn around and walk right back out of the room.
I read somewhere that having too many choices can paralyze our ability to make any choice at all and that couldn’t be any more accurate – for me anyway.
That’s why I think this limited approach works so well – especially for an artist with limited time to spend in the studio.
And then the thought came to me: “Limitations can be very freeing”.
As odd as it sounded at first; I was quickly able to see how much it really makes sense.
Limits are put into place to keep things in check. We set boundaries for our kids, we put up fences for our pets…we set boundaries all the time.
This limited way of working has definitely put the emphasis on the creativity part – I’m now working with only what is available at hand (my existing camera roll) and limiting myself to using just a couple of apps. I now have to be more creative with what I have, and in the time I have to use it. One thing I do know is: my productivity has greatly improved.
But should that really be a surprise?
Isn’t that how we do most everything else? Isn’t that how we all spend our days; multi-tasking to meet multiple goals in an already tight schedule?
Maybe it’s not such an odd thing after all. Maybe I’m just part of a new evolution.
And that puts a whole new spin on things!
Right now I’m working on self-publishing a book of images, interestingly enough called, ‘Spin Cycle’.