Most of us have tendencies in how we work, ebbs and flows, preferences, routines, needs for more or less order, whatever works for us. For a long time, I worked in a very linear manner. I started a piece and I worked on it until it was done. Now, I find that my manner or working is much more fluid and it leads me to have various pieces in some stage of being started.
That’s where I am right now and these are some of the pieces. Some are on their way to being finished pieces that I hope to complete this week. Others are like holding places for ideas. Bob (Ebendorf) called them visual sketchbooks.
For example, near the bottom center of the photo is a matte finish glass bead that is half teal and half burgundy. It is sitting beside a textured brass square. I like them together, I want to hold on to the idea, but don’t want to make it right this minute. Either because I’m finishing something else or because I want the idea to simmer on a mental back burner and ripen a little bit. I’m not bothered by this way of working because I get the pieces done. I’m just letting things roll out the way they want to and it’s working for me right now.