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Gesso, gesso gesso.

I'm not superstitious when it comes to my artwork, but there are a series of things that I do to get going in my studio practice when I have been absent from doing work for a while. I first start by gessoing stuff!  Everything from small panels to paper, canvas' and frames anything that needs or needed my attention the last couple of months. The act of painting layer after layer helps me to delete the noise that sometime inhabit my thoughts. Once I'm done with the gesso I start my research looking for new faces/people for my collages, once thats done I start with a series of small panel or paper collages before moving on my oversized paintings. This enables me to create a structure or plan on how to tackle ideas I have been grappling with because, sometimes the biggest question mark in my practice is "what's next?" or have I "exhausted" this concept?
I think it's important that artist don't get too bogged down in over-thinking things because it may impede the idea of just working through substantial material.
As artist we have to remember that art allows us to express things that we would not be able to express otherwise. Most seasoned artists have their on ideas or methods of jump starting their work these are just few steps gets me going. Find yours and work!

I not even going to address how to jump start your career! I'll leave that to the professionals.
Also, check out this video on youtube: How to Jumpstart Your Art Career: An Interview with Paul Klein.


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