I’ve struggled to create some work for my licensing company, Wild Apple, that I think they will like. I have sketched out and discarded a number of ideas. Nothing seems creative enough or unique enough to stand out from the competition. I finally realized that I’m going about it the wrong way. Instead of trying to create something I think they will like, I should create something that I find enjoyment in making instead. Then if the paintings don’t meet their needs, at least I had fun creating something uniquely mine.
What art technique do I find fun to do? I’ve always loved scissor work. By that, I mean I can sit for hours cutting out intricate shapes out of paper. Many people might find this boring or tedious, but I think it is meditative and therapeutic. I just finished cutting out about 200 flowers and leaves and I’ve started painting them. I have no clear idea of where I’m going with them and how to incorporate them into my work. I’m going to take my advice and I just play around, enjoying myself and see where it leads.