Laureen Marchand, “September Song” (oil/board)
to be exhibited at the Assiniboia Gallery beginning Nov. 20, 2015
This was my research question: How does sharing work in progress affect the work’s completion?
So far I have a small sample of data. Firm conclusions cannot be drawn. But the data I have is exciting.
Last week I started posting images of the progression of a painting. It felt breathtakingly daring. And one day when the piece was close to completion and terminally uncertain at the same time, I wondered if instead of being daring, it was just nuts.
It might not have been nuts. Because I wonder if maybe, just maybe, sharing has made the process faster. Like I said, the data sample is still small. But I wonder if the expectation of sharing without censoring has broken a dam in my artistic flow.
I started a painting. I shared it as it developed. This is the first painting since August that got completed instead of being abandoned partway through. Is there a relationship between these facts? Still too early to tell. The research is ongoing.
I’ll be back with more.
Would sharing help you break a dam in your own artistic flow?
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