A Batch of Oddballs in the Making

For many artists, thinking up ideas can be hard. This is not one of my problems. My head is brimming full of ideas and I only wish that I had the time and energy to bring them to life. Which brings me to another point.

Executing those ideas and creating the artwork can be a challenge. Even though this is usually the fun part. My time in the studio is constricted by family constraints and life commitments, as I’m sure is the case for most people.

Completing the entire cycle of an art piece, from idea through execution, to photographing the art and posting it online for sale, can be EXCRUCIATING! Usually this cycle takes me months, if not years. Pathetic, I know.

Case in point: the Oddballs below. I started these a few years ago. Here’s what they look like in progress. I make the armatures from household trash, including wine bottle corks, red plastic lids from my husband’s creamer bottles, and white candy stirring sticks for legs.

Oddballs in the Making, A Behind the Scenes Studio Shot from TrilbyWorks.com

Oddballs in the Making, A Behind the Scenes Studio Shot from TrilbyWorks.com

These freaky little guys have now gotten some layers of clay for their bodies, paint to cover them up, and felty capes to dress them. Done! But then they sat. And sat. And sat.

So now it’s 2014 and I am on a mission to get my inventory photographed and posted online for sale. I’ve pulled these guys out of storage, dusted them off, and am trying to get some good images of them.

Wish me luck!

My question to you: how do you stay focused and motivated enough to bring your art projects to completion? What parts of the process do you get hung up on. For me it’s the photography. I’m still trying to get it right!

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