This is my short three piece series of blue and white pottery. I have to say that doing this commissioned series of 3 pieces was much harder than I thought it would be. Now, of course, with it all done, I'm thrilled that I did it, but there were points where I wanted to quit. This post is a summary of the things I learned, hopefully giving you a heads up if you are thinking of doing a series.
Things I Learned about Doing a Series (that perhaps I should have foreseen):
- It's harder than you might think to finish a series!
- Repetition breeds contempt. What you thought was awesome and profound on the first one, seems cheesy and gimmicky by the second or third time.
- It's easy to start doubting your ability.
- It's easy to get bored and be desperate to get on to something else.
- It's almost always easier to quit than to finish anything.
- Whether I want to have the stamina to finish it. (Notice that I believe it is a choice, a few days ago it didn't feel like a choice, until I forced myself to finish. Now I see it was a choice.)
- Plan it out - with details. Think through all the pieces before I start, maybe even get all the references.
- Whether all my pieces would stand on their own, or if I'm giving them too much slack because they complete the project.
Things I learned about Pastelbord (this is where I was really dumb!):
- I should not have started doing the series on a support that I hadn't ever completed a piece on. Yes, I was dumb, but I liked it so much at the beginning!
- It's a forgiving support, but not an erasable one. Don't try out compositions on it, you'll end up wasting it.
- Polychromos went on nicer than Lyra Rembrandts.
- Certain colors almost went chalky on it and covered very well. Other colors were ridiculously hard to get completely on.
- IMHO, white pastelbord has nothing on more traditional CP supports, I don't think I'll use it again.
- Somehow it just seems more professional on a board than on paper.
- It is forgiving in many ways.
- The tinted support holds promise, I just need to work out exactly how to use it to my advantage.
- CPs don't really seem like CPs, they seem more like paint. I certainly found it easier to achieve a painterly feel.