When beginning new pieces, they are generally a part of a larger picture.
When I start my new pieces, I have a few categories that the pieces must fit into. I find whether the pieces will work depending on several questions.
1) What is unique about this bird? What do I like about the color, size, shape, iridescence, habits, or environmental qualities?
2) Is this bird in need of awareness due to being endangered, loss of numbers in the wild, or is their habitat threatened?
3) Would I like to paint birds in this region? What colors and texture changes would be new in this area?
4) Will the colors of this bird create new feelings of mood or season? How can I use the colors to create different moods with the same bird to create feeling of joy, calm, excitement, humor, etc.
5) What will make this collection different?
6) Size of the birds helps to decide the size of the works. Would I like to create large pictures, medium, or small?
After I have answered these questions to myself, I will plan out approximately how many pieces I feel I would need to express what I want the viewer to see when looking at the images.
Just in case you wonder what goes into planning pieces of art, my collections are designed from the larger point of view, then I work my way inward to the individual piece details.
– Tiger Lilly helping me plan my pieces at the easel –