While every artist struggles once in a while to find inspiration, I currently have a sizable backlog of ideas. I reached this state of artistic nirvana as a result of a thought exercise that I did a little more than two years ago. I was producing work that people found engaging fairly consistently, but I found that people were reading things into the work that I didn’t want to be there. Our audience always brings their own insights and perspectives to a work, but this seemed different. The responses were all over the map. Also, I was finding it difficult to explain my work to others.
I came to the conclusion that I didn’t really know why I found some images interesting. So I started to think about this more carefully. What was it that was catching my eye? Geometry? Light? Color? History? After some careful consideration and watching myself watch the environment, I came to the conclusion that I was creating landscapes. Landscapes that others did not see. Unseen landscapes, if you will. That was the moment when it all crystallized. I was able to sit down and write a concise (one paragraph) artist’s statement. After that, explaining my work was easy, and, having brought it to a conscious level, I knew where to look for more imagery.
So now I am always on the lookout. Periodically I go out with my camera and gather imagery. I have dozens of potential pieces on my hard drive. I have dozens more that I have in the back of my head, but for which I haven’t found that ‘right’ view.
To keep the work fresh I am always looking, always thinking. I am constantly looking at other artists work, not to copy, but for what it may trigger in my head about how to treat an image. It helps me concentrate on that next decision. And deciding is what it is all about.