I worked on a new design in January with great anticipation. I wanted to create a rustic nativity scene on a weathered wood background. I was pleased with the background and proceeded to work on the manger. I kept the colors to a simple, earthy palette. However, after I finished, it had much to be desired. I set it aside to ponder on what to do. I decided the small figures were lost with the busyness of the woodgrain. At this point, re-painting the background wasn’t an option.
After a couple days, I added line work to make the figures more pronounced. Outlining definitely helped, but the whole scene was very lacking. I set it aside to mull over the next step. I had two choices, either figure out how to salvage it or File 13! At that time I was busy painting new designs for Vegas convention and a new book. It was time to “give it a rest”. My mind was filled with these new projects, however, the unfinished design was always lurking on my back burners.
After I returned from travel teaching and the Vegas convention, the huge task of getting my studio back in order loomed ahead. I always need a few days after these long trips to rejuvenate and refresh. Travel time is a great opportunity to plan new projects and gear up for the next round. I pulled out the unfinished design and re-evaluated it. It had good bones, but definitely lacked what I call that “POP” that takes it from ordinary to exciting.
Because I had nothing to loose, I opted to play with some stamping around the edges. This was a huge improvement, but still needed more impact. I used the white Uni-ball pen to enhance the stamping. I was excited with the results…however…still needed more. Sooooo…it was time again to “give it a rest”!
A couple weeks have passed and I focused my attentions again to finishing the piece. Today would be the day, either sink or swim!! At this point, I knew that I needed to add a few more elements in the background and maybe some word art. I had been jotting down different “sayings” and selected the one I wanted to use. I added the background elements, painted the words, added a drop shadow and finished with some beautiful Glamour Dust. I took a good look at the “finished” project and am quite pleased!
This whole process was unusual for me. Normally, I “see” a design in my mind, sit down and paint it. This one was quite obstinate! However, we all need a challenge and I was determined to not give up. Now that it is finished, I feel quite proud of myself for persevering, a little like Rocky!!
So, if you are painting a project and it just doesn’t seem to be cooperating, GIVE IT A REST! Taking a break from a project doesn’t mean that you quit painting, it just means that you are switching gears. While working on different designs, the brain can be analyzing and evaluating the problem child. The satisfaction achieved is such a good feeling. So remember, “giving it a rest”, isn’t giving up, it’s giving that creative energy time to figure it all out!