Monday, 8 March 2010

Art Monday: the end of Art Monday?

Since April 2008, I have been posting artwork every Monday. Sometimes a behind-the-scenes look at my process, often brand new paintings and drawings, and the odd re-post. It`s almost two years! The impetus to do this was borne out of wanting some regularity on The Flying Trilobite, and a schedule that challenged me. Certainly my traffic tends to spike on Mondays, sometimes even when I`m late in posting I can see people are checking in to see if I`ve screwed up thee anatomy of another arthropod.

It`s time for Art Mondays to end.

Lately I find I am rushing artwork to make the deadline, or posting pieces in haste and not getting back to them. I have a list of incomplete work that`s growing all the time. It`s not as fun as it was, and I`m trying to free my life of self-imposed constraints.

Being back in school this year has me reassessing a lot of things about my career and artistic life. I feel bolder and braver with my art materials and ideas. I will graduate with my Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in a few weeks, and have begun exploring options to professionally move to more freelance. Most of the commissions and publications I have been in the last few years have come to me, so I have started knocking on some doors to seek commissions out.

I hesitated to write this final Art Monday, -I enjoy the structure - I actually planned to post this last week! I will continue to post art, and hopefully by this summer, I`ll be posting it more often than once a week anyway.

Time to let the flying trilobite out of its stony chrysalis and let it glide free of a weekly rhythm.

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11 comments:

Traumador said...

i think i'll go out on a limb (my left leg i've decided), and speak on behalf of ALL flying trilobiteketeers...

though one might think we'll miss this segment G-man, in reality its your art we'd miss if that stopped.

so free your art and your creativity from the shackles of a forced schedule. heck do whatever is nessecary (so long as it remains within the confindes of the law and morality ;P), and we'll patiently wait, and even help you should a request be made.

just so long as you grave us with a slight peek or update now and then, yo :P

again i think i'm in line with the thinking of all your loyal readers and followers!

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Craig! The plan is to post art more often, not less. If it turns out the discipline of Art Monday is missing, I'll bring it back.

Mo Hassan said...

I'm agreeing with Traum here, Glendon. If the commitment is interfering with the awesomeness that is your work, then take the break you need. I should know... the "island project" I've been going on about is almost complete, but I didn't want to rush it just to fit some stupid schedule I had set myself.

Peter Bond said...

I concur with Craig when I say don't worry about letting Art Mondays go. It's the art we tune in for!

To quote a famous philosopher, "If you love something, set it free." Haha. Don't worry about us, we'll still be watching!

But thanks, Glendon, for the wonderful ArtMondays that were!

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Mo, thanks Peter, (and thanks again Craig!) for all your support! I feel I'm moving in... bolder directions with my art since I returned to school. It's refreshing. It's suitable the blog follow.

Mo, I have to add, you are a machine. Have you submitted anything to Phylomon? It seems right up your alley.

Drawn to Caricature said...

Keep drawing regularly but to hell with the schedule for a while. I've tried a regular posting schedule and it's great for a while and to make you do it, but it really takes it's toll on your creativity. Sometimes you just need to recharge your creative batteries

Glendon Mellow said...

I agree Cathy: better to get the work done as it's done. It was a good exercise in discipline for me, and kept the blog with its only regular feature. We'll see. Maybe it will return, or something new will replace it.

Mo Hassan said...

I'd never even come across Phylomon, Glendon, it looks pretty cool! Perhaps I will submit something.

Glendon Mellow said...

It just seemed to have "Mo Hassan" all over it.

marcoferrignodesigns said...

sorry, joining a little late to the party.

some of the worst constraints are the ones you make your self, youve done very well to keep it up for two years, i dont think i know of anyone whos kept up with a blogging/posting schedule for that amount of time.

lets hope that the lessons youve learnt in your recent education open alot more doors for you.

Marco.

Glendon Mellow said...

Hey Marco, thanks again for the encouragement.

It's been a good two years, I think trying to maintain a regular post that long was healthy.

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