Some of my most pivotal and successful work was born out of restrictions and limitations on the creative process.
The Birth of Antlerhorn shown above: a painting born out of self imposed restrictions as well as physical limitations quickly became one of my favorite pieces precisely because of the road blocks I met along the way.
I began with a list of rules I wanted to follow:
I didn't want to start over again. I decided I would continue with the painting and tackle the the lack of richer areas and crisp edges at the end.
Once most of the painting was complete I turned to my pens. I used a felt tip pen on watercolor before but in The Birth of Antlerhorn I took it a couple steps further. Pen became the single biggest definer of edge and many values were taken significantly further. I saw stark contrast of the black line as a compliment to the rough edges of bone fragments and batholiths of Central Idaho. Instead of being a minor medium like in paintings before, pen became a major visual producer.
In the end, The Birth of Antlerhorn took on an uncommon look similar yet separate from anything I had completed before largely due to challenges I set for myself and others I met along the way. I'm almost positive it wouldn't be a pivotal work if I had checked my supplies more thoroughly.