It's been an interesting summer so far. In addition to this book I plan to complete, I am having a gallery show with my floral images in September.
It's getting down to the wire. The frames have arrived and the mat board ordered. What's missing is the art. Even though I have completed many images for the book, I want to show as much new work as possible. For the last few weeks I have been shooting, processing and printing images to hand color. The problem is I have very little to show for all the time I have put in.
Nothing seems to be working. What I envisioned is not the reality. Elements like color, composition, technical details, and most important - emotion - are not coming together.
I am getting anxious and rushing to do the work and it shows........
In the past I have kept up this manic behavior until I either had a meltdown or got sick. I decided to take a little different course this week. The other day I knew I was trying too hard to make something work, so I quit and went to the movies instead. It helped.
I was also desperate for feedback. I needed help and I also had to make sure I wasn't just being too hard on myself. I wasn't. After showing a few images to a couple of people, they confirmed (gently) that something was lacking. They helped me see what wasn't working and had ideas and offered encouragement. I think it's all going to be ok...........
In other news. The "rough draft" of the book arrived. I discovered that I need to rescan a few things and that I will choose a different paper next time. This is good information to have and will help me when I start putting together the "real" book.
I know I am not the only one out there that has experienced times of doubt and frustration. It's all part of the process I guess, but it feels good to share.................
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