i look inside my ability box. if i think i can do it, then i go on ahead, if i feel i can't then i still try it anyway. so far so good.
Usually I have to walk away from it for a little while.
Often something I didn't like initially looks better a few days later.
Good or not I strive to make everything entertaining.
I Write and Sketch and Talk and Do and Constantly Evaluate the Process.
I can usually tell if something I am working on is good or not......just by how I feel about it. If I don't get a good, happy feeling about a painting or a work of art, I feel like I haven't quite reached that vision or that image that was in my mind. If something is good, I am excited, grateful and anxious to share it with others. But sometimes, I create something that I totally don't think is good at all and other people love it, so sometimes I just need to stand back and think about the work I've done and be objective......think like a child. Ask myself......what is good about that piece?
In general, I don't evaluate if an idea is good or not. I listen to my gut feeling, and I follow my gut feeling. I don't listen to others, because if I like an idea I am sure there also will be others that like my idea. It is impossible to please everyone, so I won't let others discourage me and just follow my gut feeling. It's all about trying out something new and seeing where it leads you to in the end.
I guess I ask myself if this is a challenge for me firstly.
If it is WORTH the effort.
I don't think about the salability of a piece, for me that is very dangerous.
I lived on Maui for 12 years, pandering to the tourist eye, and what would fit into their living room, it is a very debilitating way to paint, and for many artists, it will be DEADLY.
So in answer to this question, if it feels right to me, I will persue it.
Often, an idea that seemed good while I'm in bed at 4am, does not turn out to be workable. Abstract work, in particular, is the hardest to judge because the painting evolves as it is being created. There many times, when a painting is going badly, that I just have to set it aside and work on something else. Months may go by before I am able to solve the problem with a particular piece. Sometimes they never work out. Not every painting becomes a masterpiece, or even acceptable to me.
I create sketches and keep those that I feel will make strong paintings.
That is contextual. If I like it, it's good. If I don't like it, why? It must have something to teach me and I will unlock its secrets.
I apply it to whatever I'm working on, sometimes it works, sometimes it fails...
By how complicated it is. If it takes me weeks to sort out the steps and process of creating it, its a genius idea. Otherwise its just something to add to the growing list of oddly interesting things I do.
If it works, it's good. If not...
When I salivate and can't or don't want to leave the canvas or chat to anyone.
I absolutely have to fall in love with it and see it in my mind
I sketch it out, make notes and start envisioning the finished product in my mind. I usually know if it's a crazy idea, but that doesn't always stop me LOL.