Often I am asked about creating a consistent body of work...which doesn't necessarily mean working in series. There are variety of ways to create work that reads as a collection...
1. Subject Matter - this current series incorporates pioneers and settlers with a focus on their dwellings and though I have been using the same media, style and colour palette on each, I think it would be beautiful to include sculptures and/or charcoal drawings utilizing the same subject matter to create a body of work.
2. Style - in the majority of the work I have completed over the past few years, I begin with a heavily coloured and patterned background that incorporates stencils which is reminiscent of street art.
3. Theme - again, in this particular series I have been focusing on dwellings, but have also created a series of chairs, canoes, tipis, wildflowers, animals and portraits...as an artist I find that having a focus is very important in my artistic development.
4. Palette - though I do fluctuate a bit on my colour palette, the basic palette consists of 2 blues, 2 greens, 2 yellow/oranges, and 2 reds...I may change out one red or green, etc. for another but the work can be recognized as being created with the same basic palette (I love vibrant colour!).
5. Medium - you can create a series using different media that reads as a series but if you prefer to work on a variety of subject matter, it's best to utilize one media (ie. acrylic, or even mixed media if you use the same or similar approach on the body of work).
6. Presentation - I have seen the most beautiful exhibits created in a variety of media - from drawings to sculpture to mixed media - all presented to read as one through the use of frames or as a progression...presentation is definitely important regardless of the subject or media as it adds to the feeling of the work.
I tend to work on several different bodies of work at the same time as, not only does it help me to resolve problems as I work through each piece, but it also gives me a fresh perspective and keeps the work fun.
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