While taking photos is fun and easy, the hard part comes when trying to keep myself from rushing in and developing the first design that comes to mind.
The series I am starting–or is it continuing?–after I have been working on the Ruins Series for over a year is a good example. From my list of themes that I want to work within I have chosen the water one again. But to choose which photo series to work from is a challenge for me. To choose one is to relegate others to later or perhaps not al all. So I keep looking at my photos and design play from the last couple of years. Do I choose the ones from last spring with the wind rippling lovely patterns over Lake Estes? Or do I pick ocean waves crashing against the shore? Or then there are the lovely turquoise sky reflections while waiting on the ferry or at the locks in Seattle? –and so on……
I have to try to find the ones that “speak to me” right now. What are their visually strong features? What quilt like things can I do with them?
–so I embark on several forms of study: 1) I look at or start anew various digital designs I have played with–Are there any I really want to use right now? 2) I make paper prints of strong photos and digital artwork and start cutting and making paper collage studies –to get a feel for how they look as components either singley or repeated;
3) I print some out on the silk I like to use– in several different sizes and from the two printers–Will I use just one printer? or can I mix prints from both? What happens to the color, the pixels, the image in general as I enlarge them beyond the 180 resolution that would be best for photo realism. The 3880 does better with true grays–Are there a lot of grays or do I like the slightly lavender tint of the 2200? Will I want the wide 16″ prints, but only 36″ length of the 3880? Or do I want some longer prints of 12″ X 44″?
I pin them up on the design wall to live with for a while before printing more and/or deciding on a plan.
It is difficult for me not to rush into it. I want to get at printing, layering, and stitching. Yet I suspect my work will be better if I experiement more, do more studies, and take more time evaluating results.
I do not dislike this part so it not exactly the part I like least, but it is the part I should practice more, I think.