Monday, September 1, 2014

Worldwide Artist Blog Hop and four questions

This post is thanks to my my lovely wife Liezl.
Liezl is a collector of skills who down plays her own talents more than anybody I know. Her skill set includes, but is not limited to:
Mosaics, decoupage, quilting, painting(oil, water and acrylic), sketching, cloth painting, lino cutting, etching, bookbinding, writing, calligraphy, photography, crocheting and needle working (and these are only the ones I can think of now.)
The thing I love about her is that she has a passion for people with passion. Find your passion and live it!

Question 1. Why do I do what I do?

The biggest motivator is to see if I can. I'm constantly amazed that I can attempt and achieve the the things I do. I firmly believe that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. This has now caused me to attempt all skills.
As a creative, I am blessed that I do not do this for a living. This means I do not have client imposed deadlines to drive me, but it also gives me the freedom to try new skills at a whim.
Unfortunately being able to do anything you set your mind to opens up a new problem; There is not enough time! Currently I try to squeeze as much in as I can.
I will die one day, and then I want to have learned as much as one man could.

One day I will die,
and then I want to have learned
as much as one could

Question 2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

I do not aim to be different, merely to make.  What makes me different is that I try to do everything, and to be as good as I can at the required skill.

Question 3. How does my creative process work?

  1. Get an idea of what to make
  2. Let the idea stew. (play around with different mediums, concepts of the idea until only one clear solution presents itself )
  3. (This is part of the stewing process) Research the idea and the techniques needed.
  4. Work out the process needed to achieve the end goal.
  5. Build it.
  6. Know that the first attempt at a new skill will fail, so park that Idea and do it again. Each one will be better than the last.

Know this: All skills are one. Every skill you learn overlap with skills you already possess. There is no real difference between needle work, metal work and woodwork. It is just different materials with different ways of attaching them to each other!

Question 4. What am I working on now?

I am busy making the second pair of boots for my uncle. The first was a great success, but after a wearing them for a bit some tweaks where needed, so we are going at it again with the changes.

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