|Holding Up Progress|
Every sculpture goes through a discovery phase. You don't just go instantly from idea to creation. I don't think painting is quite the same. You can begin a painting by simply having an idea. I am sure their are sculptors out there that can do this, but I'm not one of them. There has to be a time of figuring out the dynamics of a complicated sculpture. The layout, the materials used, the size are all important aspects of the piece.
I am constantly warning students that if you don't think through the steps of a piece of art first you can literally paint yourself into a corner. That's when discouragement sets in and you abandon the piece because you've lost your direction on it.
I see this happen with a lot of young artists. I hear them say "I lost interest half way through". But did they? Or did they box themselves in with their idea?
Its something to think about.
I watched a short documentary on Rembrandt today while I worked. This was a little different because it was an analysis of the kind of paint that he used in his works. I highly suggest checking out as it gives you a great idea of what earlier painters used to have to go through and how fortunate we are to have easy access to paints and equipment for our work.