I always thought art was made one piece at a time. Then I met Carl's practice. His studio was filled with so many paintings all at various stages of completeness. I struggled with how he could bounce. I thought to myself, how could he retain all that information as every piece tells a story and sub stories. Until one day I realized I am doing just that!! I'm not sure how it happened but it did. It could have been the fear of not being able to keep up with him or just the matter of fact we kept starting new pieces before finishing the old. We were so excited about our collabs that we were compelled to start a new one at least at every cell. Crazy :)
I currently have at least 18 paintings that need my attention. I trust Carl has that if not more unfinished works in his studio... and what do we do on our weekly call.....talk about starting a new one!!!
It is not about completion as I once thought. Although it feels great to complete. It is all about enjoying the process of painting and painting ideas. Also with the luxury of multiple works in progress you can bounce to what you feel at that time. Singular painting, working on one at a time, you work on it even when you may not be feeling connected to it, which I found to be a BIG mistake in most cases.
So my advise to anyone working singularly, try MORE! There is such freedom in it :)
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