Experimentation is an incredibly powerful exercise. It's a great way to try out a new technique, or just blow the cobwebs out of the creative channels!
When experimenting, it's important to:
- Remove any expectation of producing finished work (although sometimes the experiments turn out great!)
- Set up space so that you have lots of room and materials at hand. You never know what will inspire you to pick up the perfect kind of crayon, etc.
- Start small. If I get a result I like, I'll move to work on larger pieces.
- Don't worry about using materials. Companies have R&D budgets. This is your Research & Development!
- Give yourself some time to see what emerges. Don't expect miracles in the first couple of hours. Leave work out and come back and look at it.
I did a week of experimentation about 3 years ago. It started something that is still informing my way of working. Recently, I've been back in the studio doing some more experimenting. A new series is starting to formulate itself in my mind's eye, and I'm trying out techniques to see what will get me there. I'll let you know what happens!