Insanity vs. Genius

September 30th, 2011 § 0 comments

Little Red Detail Example

There is quite a fine line between insanity and genius. I stride it on a daily basis. Just because someone can spend their whole life creating sand from rocks, doesn’t mean it should be done. Unless you are happy smashing rocks against other rocks continually and repeatedly ad infinitum?

I thought I was insane when I spent over 1000 seedbeads on the wolf’s teeth in Little Red. Did it pay off? I think it did. It gives the piece more character and depth. I often find myself asking whether I should bead something because I can. It’s all about taste and editing. Does it add more to the piece as a whole? Will it make a difference? The worst possible outcome is you or someone else looking at what you’ve done and saying “That was just totally unnecessary.”

I’m repeating the same procedure in Dorothy/Wizard of Oz. I know the beading adds a level of dimension and texture to the bricks. It’s insane but I do believe it’s worth it to achieve the look I am aiming for.

Dorothy Beading Detail

In the end, the fine line is all about perspective. Do you want to fall into the majority category or minority? With producing work, I tend to lean towards the majority. My britches aren’t big enough to do the minority thing most of the time. I like producing work most people can understand and appreciate.

Now I ask you, how long do you think it will take me to finish the Yellow Brick Road with Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on continuous repeat? 🙂


— Rosey


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