I can't believe I have made it to the final third of this year's 52 WEEKS project. After completing three previous year-long projects, have I found this process easier? Well...yes and no. Beginning this year was just like any other year. I questioned my choice of subject matter, the size and shape of the canvases, whether I should actually share my progress. But, as the year progressed, it did get easier.
Am I fully satisfied with each piece? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. I never expected to capture an identical likeness as I am not a portraitist and it takes years of practice to become really good at it, but I am happy with the fact that I kept the pieces loose and interesting looking. I really like the street-art feel of these pieces and that I have been able to incorporate the style of painting that I enjoy, which includes layering and dripping paint, utilizing spray paint and stencils as well as hand-carved stamps, the use of my hands, and working intuitively with lots and lots of colour.
I have also greatly enjoyed having the pieces on the wall to see the progress...I haven't done so in the past, placing the pieces into my studio closet as I go instead and I like this much better. There's a sense of accomplishment in seeing the work as it grows. And it's wonderful to see it on the studio wall every single day. I think it's helping me to be a little less critical of my work.