Here is what I've realized: when it comes to my paintings I've reached a plateau. I no longer feel inspired painting and re-painting same image over again (and again and again), playing with same old patterns, mixing same color combinations, dwelling in same energy. It doesn't work anymore and it's only natural because I've been working within same (self-imposed) limitations for over 2 years! When I've started Ink Flower Garden project in early 2014. I wanted to create my own distinctive, recognizable style and an idea of building my own visual language one shape, texture and pattern at the time was incredibly exciting and satisfying to me. I would draw and paint every single day (even on days when I was tired, sick or in a bad mood) sometimes up to 10 hours a day! I was extremely devoted to my work as I knew I was building foundations for my future art practice, one brush stoke at the time. "You're painting like it's your salvation!", my friend said to me once when I decided to spend entire weekend at home working instead of going out. It's not my salvation but I was super into it, to a point of being a little bit obsessed. It was hard work but so fulfilling I just kept going for almost 2 years.
But now, I think I need a different experience. I've learned how it feels like to be deeply devoted to my art and consistently work on it, day by day sometimes at the expense of other aspects of my life and even though it was a valuable experience I'm ready for something else. I still want to keep on developing my own visual language I've developed during last couple of years but now in a different way. I want to expand to other mediums (video, animation) and I want to work faster and get results faster. I want to be more playful and have more fun while creating (not that drawing same pattern over and over again for 10 hours a day isn't fun :)) and just lighten up a bit. Most of all I want to infuse my art with new, fresh, happy and joyful energy! Just an idea of this new beginning fills me with excitement and happiness just as the idea of starting Ink Flower Garden project excited me 2 years ago so I know I'm on the right path.
So for now plan is not to plan things too much :), just to have fun, shoot more videos (I will shoot work-in-progress video soon for everyone who'd like to see how I make my paintings step by step), play with art journal more, make gifs and do whatever brings me pleasure and joy...also experiment! And, I will be having sale of my original work fairly soon too! And I would like to make an art zine as well! And shoot more photos! And I'm already super excited and full of ideas and can't wait to set things in motion! Let's have fun :)