Working in a Collection – Unlocking Inventive Potential for Creative Progress

Have you ever ever discovered your self caught within the limbo of artistic indecision, not sure of what to color subsequent? Or maybe you’ve grappled with the concern of creating errors and find yourself not portray in any respect?? If these challenges resonate with you, then diving into the world of working in a sequence may simply be the method your inventive soul wants.

Because the theme for June in my IGNITE! Membership, it was aaaamazing how this concept of working in a sequence introduced forth a mass of effort and fabulous work from members! 

So let’s take a look at what this all means. (You’ll see work from my Scissors sequence scattered by the submit, illustrating the concept of working in a sequence.)

Working in a series: Gail Sibley, "Scissors 1 - Splayed, "Unison Colour pastels on UART 400, 6 x 11 in.
Gail Sibley, “Scissors 1 – Splayed,” Unison Color pastels on UART 400, 6 x 11 in.

Exploring the Artwork of Working in a Collection

The idea of working in a sequence entails a profound inventive journey—a voyage that transcends the creation of standalone artworks. It revolves across the improvement of a group of work that share a standard thematic thread and that construct one on high of the opposite, transferring from one to the following inside an undefined timeframe. 

In essence, it’s a pilgrimage of discovery that unfolds over time. Not like the fleeting exploration of a single piece, working in a sequence lets you delve deeper into your chosen matter, exploring its aspects and nuances comprehensively.

Working in a series: Gail Sibley, "Scissors 2 - Wide Open," Unison Colour pastels on UART 280, 6 x 11 in.
Gail Sibley, “Scissors 2 – Large Open,” Unison Color pastels on UART 280, 6 x 11 in.

Crucially, there’s no predetermined amount of items, nor a inflexible timetable to information the method. And the choice to conclude a sequence is rooted in your intuitive sense of completeness—a end result of exploration, power, and fervour. 

A sequence, basically, ought to type a visible narrative when considered collectively, with each bit complementing the others. This cohesiveness will allow you to articulate and convey the essence of your exploration with readability and conviction.

It’s important, nevertheless, to make clear misconceptions. A sequence shouldn’t be confused with recurring themes inside an artist’s physique of labor. Themes like my Gallery Goers and Canine Walkers are distinct from a sequence in that they don’t coexist inside a singular timeframe nor do they construct on one another. A sequence thrives on continuity and development, with every portray constructing upon its predecessor, even when subtly.

Gail Sibley, "Facing Fragonard (Gallery Goers series)," Unison Colour pastels on UART 500, 10 x 10 in. Available. $625.
Gail Sibley, “Dealing with Fragonard (Gallery Goers sequence),” Unison Color pastels on UART 500, 10 x 10 in. Available at Peninsula Gallery.
Paint Anything With This Set of Soft Pastels: Gail Sibley, "In Unison" (Dog Walker series), Unison Colour pastels on UART 400, 7 x 7 in.
Gail Sibley, “In Unison” (Canine Walker sequence), Unison Color pastels on UART 400, 7 x 7 in. Available at Peninsula Gallery

Lastly, it’s essential to emphasise that working in a sequence just isn’t synonymous with production-driven work. Whereas it might yield a listing of artworks, the first focus stays on experimentation and the artistic course of. The eventual final result could certainly yield items appropriate on the market, however this isn’t the principal intent of embarking on a sequence—it’s all about nurturing inventive development and exploration. And getting you portray!

Working in a series: Gail Sibley, "Scissors 3 - At the Ready," Unison Colour pastels on UART 600, 8 3/4 x 6 in.
Gail Sibley, “Scissors 3 – On the Prepared,” Unison Color pastels on UART 600, 8 3/4 x 6 in.

The Bounty of Advantages

  • Path Amidst Doubt: One of many fast advantages of working in a sequence is the eradication of the query, “What ought to I paint subsequent?” As an alternative, you’ll greet your self by the thrilling problem of “How am I going to color that?” This shift empowers you to get portray slightly than spending time wallowing in artistic uncertainty! 
  • Motivated Momentum: The anticipation of uncovering new potentialities inside your sequence fuels your motivation to step into the studio every day. With a transparent sense of objective, distractions and procrastination fade into the background.
  • Escaping Inventive Stagnation: If you end up caught whereas engaged on a chunk, transfer on to the following one within the sequence. Transitioning to the following paintings not solely renews your artistic circulation but in addition encourages you to dig deeper, exploring the emotional essence of your material.
  • Depth and Discovery: Whereas a single portray may seize preliminary impressions, working in a sequence lets you go deeper, unearthing layers of that means in addition to new visible potentialities. Each bit builds upon the final, revealing new insights about your chosen theme. 
Working in a series: Gail Sibley, "Scissors 4 - Dressed in Yellow," Unison Colour pastels on UART 800, 6 x 10 in
Gail Sibley, “Scissors 4 – Wearing Yellow,” Unison Color pastels on UART 800, 6 x 10 in
  • Restriction Compels Exploration: Counterintuitively, the constraint of a sequence liberates your creativity. Centered exploration lets you experiment with totally different views, compositions, colors, mark-making, and interpretations, all of the whereas fostering inventive development.
  • A Manner for Progress: The extra you paint, the extra you study. Each stroke provides to your inventive journey. The sequence turns into a fertile floor for breakthroughs, the place every paintings serves as a stepping stone in the direction of enchancment. As you interact within the course of, your expertise, confidence, and understanding of self evolve.
  • Energy in Numbers: When displayed collectively, the artworks inside a sequence amplify their collective affect. Each bit in a sequence informs the opposite and so provides extra that means to it. Mainly what you may have is energy in numbers – an unexpected profit to work in a sequence. The visible cohesion communicates dedication, self-discipline, and focus. This unity not solely enhances your inventive narrative and readability but in addition aids in presenting your work to galleries and committees.
Working in a series: Gail Sibley, "Scissors 5 - All in Red," Unison Colour pastels on UART 600, 6 x 10 in.
Gail Sibley, “Scissors 5 – All in Crimson,” Unison Color pastels on UART 600, 6 x 10 in.
  • Overcoming Perfectionism: Engaged on a single portray can typically overwhelm from self-imposed strain to realize perfection. This will likely result in concern and in the end, to avoidance of your studio! In distinction, portray in a sequence liberates us, providing the liberty to specific, make errors, experiment, and deal with the inventive course of slightly than the outcome. It gives respite from the unrealistic expectation of making a masterpiece each time we go to the easel, acknowledging that disappointments are a part of the inventive journey.
  • Unveiling Your Distinctive Creative Voice: Working in a sequence engenders a profound self-discovery journey the place your distinctive inventive voice prospers and turns into extra pronounced.
Working in a series: Gail Sibley, "Scissors 6 - Green On Pink," Unison Colour pastels on UART 800, 5 1/4 x 10 in.
Gail Sibley, “Scissors 6 – Inexperienced On Pink,” Unison Color pastels on UART 800, 5 1/4 x 10 in.

Embrace Freedom, Embrace Progress

In the end, working in a sequence is a testomony to your dedication to development and exploration. It’s an invite to immerse your self totally, to evolve alongside your creations, and to expertise the profound rewards of a creative journey effectively and really explored.

So, whether or not you’re in search of to flee the uncertainty of “what’s subsequent” or silence your inside critic, the apply of working in a sequence provides a transparent path towards inventive transformation. Working in a sequence is my favorite approach of getting out of an artwork hunch!

Have you ever labored in a sequence? I’d like to know what your topic was and likewise, what was the principle factor you discovered from doing it.

And should you’ve by no means thought-about working in a sequence, are you impressed to begin a challenge? Do let me know!

Till subsequent time!

~ Gail

PS. You’ll see items from my Scissors sequence scattered all through the submit. They had been all painted from life. The primary three had been about altering the positioning of the pair of scissors in relation to me in addition to of their opening. The following three are extra about how colors mirrored within the shiny steel. Initially, I used to be impressed by a Diebenkorn painting of scissors that I’d come throughout.