It happens fairly often, I think, with artists. They have a vision and proceed with the project only to have it develop a mind of its own and come out with only a hazy resemblance to the original intention. I think of that as more of the pony fleshing out into a Percheron. You get used to it, just going with the flow.
I know false starts are par for the course and I know a developing project is the way it is . . . even sometimes getting partway through and starting over so you can switch threads.
I'm thinking more along the lines of stitches today. I'm a newish beadweaver. I don't think of myself as a beginner anymore but I know I'm not at the top of my game either. Newish. Anyway, I mentioned before that I'd started in two-drop peyote and changed my mind and started in single-drop or regular peyote stitch.
Most of you know exactly what I'm talking about. For everyone else, the difference is picking up two beads at a time on the needle versus picking up one bead at a time. It has a different texture and it works up faster.
That was my first foray into two-drop. The thing was, it wasn't right for the project. I've seen it make up beautifully in other things, but this wasn't it. Anyway it took about four rows of peyote for me to decide that that wasn't what I wanted either and I decided to switch to herringbone-- which fits with my recent fascination with African beadwork. I'm about 4 inches into the herringbone now and pleased with it, though I didn't stitch the first stitch yesterday.
Anyway, that got me wondering. Is this something only newish beadweavers do. I mean, I know what peyote looks like. I know how it feels. So why did I have to make up a swatch before I decided it was wrong for the project? It's somewhat true that the beads themselves influence the final feel of the work, but I've worked peyote in many colors, textures and sizes. So why didn't I know it was wrong before I started?
I'm not worried about not knowing that the two-drop was wrong as I've never held two-drop or seen it up close till now.
How many of you do this? How many of you used to? Do you do it less often now? More often? Is it typical?
What if you're in another avenue? How often does a painter stop and say-- this should be done in watercolors instead of oils? Or does a metalworker stop his cold-forging project to cast it instead? Does a potter ever start with stoneware and end up with porcelain? Does anyone else start with the pinto and end up with the roan?