I was up working on some pieces for the show at RayGun opening next Friday and I was struggling. I'd been given a very helpful critique and was trying to work through some problem areas, but I just kept missing the mark. I often take pics of my work in progress to help give me some perspective. Taking a step back only does so much.
I've recently updated to a camera phone. It's handy when I want a few quick pics. So I stepped back to get a shot and noticed something through the view finder I hadn't noticed while looking at the piece directly. I reached out my hand to make a small, finger adjustment and had a little bit of a revelation. I got the benefit of perspective with the ability to touch the work directly. Like having very long arms or a video touch screen with perfect, instinctive control.
Hmmm... There's an idea.When that happened I was suddenly able to realize the solution to my problem. It was a little awkward at first, but the results were surprising. I'm not sure if working through my phone's view screen is a good solution, but it was a bit of a revelation at the time. Then again it's amazing what can become a revelation at 1:30am when you've got to wake up for the day job at 5:45am.