Recently some of you might have noticed that I've been updating a few older works in my gallery. Originally my intentions was simply to freshen them up a bit before printing them to sell at Mochi Day. However, after starting the process, I began to feel a different reason behind the reworks.
Going back and dropping the pen on my older works feels like a momentary trip back in time. Artwork over the years tend to embody different mindsets, experiences, emotions, and artistic growth. Revisiting older work helps me to see how I've grown, and also re-experience who I was and what inspired me at that moment in time. Artists never stop growing, and especially as a young artist, my perception of things changed and my inspiration that fuels my work changed. I'm a much different person now than I was three years ago, or even just last year. The differences are subtle, but they're there. Going back to artwork that are a few or several years old has helped me not only remember the things that I loved and inspired me then, but are also helping me fuel a refreshed new love for the work I do now.
(Feel free to comment with your thoughts on the above! I love to hear your thoughts and opinions
With all that said, if you're reading this, and you're feeling a slump with your current work (that dreaded "artist's block" XD), go play around with some of your older work! Get re-inspired by your own creations! Just from what I've done in the past week, it's one of the most refreshing and rejuvenating things I've ever felt. Let me know if you give it a try and how it works for you.
Well, I better get back to work! I still have a few more new art pieces to finish up for Mochi Day this weekend (for those who don't know, it's a convention in my area. I'll be hosting an artist alley table there).
Til next time!