After decades of stitching often on works that took months to complete, I decided it was time to Work Smarter, not Harder. I have found that small works are just as satisfying. I can work on small works and build them up to one large work, so as a collection is shown, it grows and changes from venue to venue which I find rather exciting.
Medicine Man is one of those collections. Every month I take an assortment of prescriptions. Rather than see this endless stream of plastic bottles end up in a landfill, I decided to save them to make into art. Each bottle takes about 3 days to make, so at a couple of hours a day, around 6-8 hours to complete one which isn't so long by my standards.
Working Smarter, Not Harder means creating obtainable goals and then exploring other mediums. I am working to better understand the technology behind 3d printing, but ultimately I am a craftsman, so I like to have my hand directly involved. Not sure where I am going with this. Of course, I am still painting a series of gouaches to push the ideas out, so I think I will soon start quilting or working in glass, a medium I have long loved, but never took the time to master. Time will tell.