The first part of the book is getting put away. So many concepts, so much to think about. Maybe I should give it a weekly review to see if anything clicks over time.
So, let's get on with part two. Page one may be as far as I get. Exploring, exerimenting, evaluating, implimenting. That's a pretty great breakdown.
For the beginning part of the year I was exploring a whole lot, with the Artist's Way, art books, jewelry magazines and my classes. I'm always exploring as I travel and even at home taking walks. But it got a little out of hand. Of course I need to explore constantly. But how can I possibly keep it all in perspective?
For the most part, I already practice these steps. The thinking parts frequently get rushed or I'm easily distracted. The end result is I'm not satisfied with the ways I've worked out for myself. I could be getting so much more done. I could be creating a vision. Right now, I'm letting tiny little bits of vision out each time I create, but larger things only escape on the rare occasions when I have a greater reason to focus and let go of other concerns.
On the very first page of this section, Stewart suggests that 10 answers to any one question are required to create a truly well thought out answer. Thinking back, it's completely true. Teachers have asked for 10 designs for any one problem. Even when most of the ones I come up with are throw aways, they help me think it out. Sometimes I come up with solutions for other problems as I'm attacking the first.
I need to work on my evaluation. I am quick to jump to a favorite design and sometimes it's hard for me to think critically about it. Thinking about the positives and negatives of a rejected design takes me away from the piece I must work on. Why don't I look at them later?
This section looks like it will help me. Or at least get me asking the right questions.