It occurs to me that one doesn’t only form relationships with people. Emotional investments (commitments) are made with each piece of art one creates. “Am I ready to do this? How much energy do I have? Do I believe in this idea? Do I have what it takes to make this relationship work?” These are questions I ask myself when thinking about what my next project will be.
This is also a reason why a failed art work is so depressing. It is a relationship which was invested in with the best intentions, worked on and ultimately lost. An emotional toll is taken with each ‘irretrievable breakdown of art’. (“We’re still good friends”. Not.)
A few days ago I started my current drawing, to which I already have a (David Bowie) title, “Oh! You Pretty Things”. I photographed Satsuki posing with sheltie dog in February 2015 but it is only recently I felt ready to commit to using the photo for a drawing.
As with human relationships, so in art, circumstances have to be just right for an emotional spark to ignite. What awakened my interest to the current work? It was drawing “Encounter” which led me to this one. I so enjoyed drawing the “Encounter” corgi that I wished I had another Kyoto dog to draw. Then I remembered the sheltie. (One good dog deserves another!)
Why hadn’t I thought to draw this composition before? The sheltie is wearing sunglasses and a hat – which is too daft. Nobody would buy that (figuratively or literally). Then I turned my thinking around. The hat and glasses are crazy but this is part of the eccentricity to be found in Japan. The odd, unusual, theatrical and absurd are what endear me to the place!
In conclusion, a reversal in attitude may be what helps one to finally commit. Mentally, Insurmountable Obstacle is somersaulted into Valuable Asset. One sees the possibilities, makes the decision, then solemnly vows, “I do”.