Every year, I look back, not only at work completed the previous year, but through the series of work made during my profession as an artist.
I am about to have a solo show (March/April this year) and I spend time assessing what works need to be completed and fine-tuned. As work progresses I too need to focus on the up-coming exhibition.
I often find myself wanting to tweak my style and alter images as I progress towards the exhibition. As I work for a show with a specific theme (the first one this year is Madonnas and Icons) more ideas come through for other works.
As this happens, I put them in the back burner till a more appropriate time to create them. Sometimes those images are not suitable for the exhibition (they don't unite with the theme or are colour on a monochromatic exhibition etc). These ideas are then noted in my creative diary and are set aside 'for another day'.
The closer I get to a show, the faster I work. More ideas emerge and some more are created. It is a wonderful time for an artist because there is such a flow of creativity and inspiration in the work. For the artist, there is a great sense of satisfaction to walk into a space and see all the completed works displayed.
Once an exhibition is over, there is yet another opportunity to delve into my
artist book to explore the influx of new ideas - which is then start for the next exhibition.