My daughter suggested I hang the 52 WEEKS PROJECT in my studio and I'm so glad she did. They still require varnish, hanging wire (I just used thumb tacks for now...my poor wall), and a decision on whether to frame or not but it is so good to see the finished work together as a whole.
Many years ago my mentor suggested hanging my work in my own home for several reasons. One is so that I can learn from what I've done. She said that an artist can learn more about what they're doing and why by viewing their own work than by looking at someone else's. By comparing the different pieces you create, you begin to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
Also, she told me it is always nice to be reminded of what you have accomplished. I've always been a prolific painter but often the work ended up in a storage closet or, in extreme cases, burned in a cathartic fire. Because of her guidance I hang on to pieces longer and will view them together to see how they read off of one another. Sometimes the work is stronger in a grouping.
Even as I was hanging these pieces, I could see where the media I used, my palette and/or subject matter moved in a natural progressions from one piece to the next. And though there were some weeks that I wasn't as happy with the work, I did promise to share it each Monday without any changes and I have to say I'm glad for it. Every week I received a note (or several) of encouragement and each animal was found to be a favorite by different people for different reasons. To be able to touch someone through my work is one of the greatest reasons for doing it.
So, even though there is much work ahead of me, I am extremely pleased with the final results. I would definitely recommend an annual project to anyone...just make sure that it compliments your life and work. In this case, I'm glad I worked smaller and in acrylics as I could take the canvas and my pochade anywhere to work on it and because I absolutely love working with acrylics that part wasn't a challenge at all. And I'm glad I focused on something I've never done before...though admittedly I was terrified that this was going to go horribly wrong. I don't know where this will go, though I do feel it needs to be exhibited as a body, but I am so very glad I did it.
AIRdirondack Art Project