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 Another page from my current sketchbook project, 15”x 11”, mixed media on paper © 2017 David Limrite

Another page from my current sketchbook project, 15”x 11”, mixed media on paper © 2017 David Limrite

“Art = A mad search for individualism.”
Paul Gauguin


Something came up for me the other day that I want to share with you. I experienced a moment of self-sabotage, and, fortunately, was able to recognize it and put a stop to it.

I have been working very hard lately on concepts, ideas and images for a new body of work that will culminate in what I hope will be a very unique exhibit experience in 2018. More on that at a later time.

Anyway, the other day I had what I thought was a really good idea for this project, and for some reason, I followed that productive thought with an unproductive one. I immediately began to judge and then quickly dismiss this idea before I even gave it a chance to exist.

I do not often do this to myself. But I think I know what happened. This new idea, although very interesting, was a bit radical and out there, even for me. It felt dangerous and risky. As a result, I dismissed this idea. The next day, feeling very disappointed with myself, I revisited this idea and gave it some more “contemplation time.” In order for me to really decide if this idea was worth pursuing, I would actually have to try it out and create some pieces to see if they work visually.

I guess the moral of my story is when I come up with a new idea, I need to give it a chance by pursuing it with all of my heart, energy, passion and brain power. And only then judge its merits. I always say that “art is a visual game.”

I wonder how many other potentially great ideas I let slip through my fingers because I was not willing to give them a chance?

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