In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
Your practice should be continuous.
You shouldn't think about your work as a series of steps that you are climbing. This, I think, is a common problem with Artists. If you enter these realms you start thinking that a positive audience reaction is a step forward, or a sale is a step forward. When in reality it's impossible to gage.
My advice is to make work
I think we grow and evolve naturally. It just happens that we come across something we like or don't like that pushes us into a different direction that becomes more focused and better defined and then we automatically arrive at the next step. Sometimes it's internal and other times it's outside influence.
I leap forward on pure intuition with my work, sometimes that means crazy mistakes, but that is how I learn what works and what does not. I could work on a piece one day and it will be going in one direction, but the next time I work on it I could take it in a completely new direction.
Art is sometimes about gut feeling and sometimes about following procedure. What the next step is depends on what the problem is.
In art you never know what the next step is going to be...it's a constant development.
Knowing what the next step is in art is necessary. Sometimes it just happens but other times you're just suck at a certain point. Talking things out can often help a situation or even moving on and coming back to what you're working on. Mentors can be very helpful in these situations.
I think your art leads you to your next step. As your art grows, you grow and new ideas emerge whether you think they will or not.
The next step in art, for me, is whatever my intuition points me towards. It is whatever I am excited about making. Once I have an idea and a form I want to create, the next physical step is to break the piece down to the simplest form and start from there.
Whatever takes you as an artist forward.
There's no specific thing that says, "Oh, this is what you should do next." Its more of a feeling that you know what is to be done and where to go next. You just know it in your heart.
In order to know, you must do.
If it happens, what is meant to be will be. The piece is already there we are just archeologist uncovering what is there.
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