The power of keeping ideas tucked away for years to come.

The power of keeping ideas tucked away for years to come.

Today (and yesterday) a new idea for a collection of drawings came together, solidifying into  a tangible idea for a new collection of work. Who knew?   (scroll down to see)


Imagine a world in which you knew when you were going to arrive at a new fresh and wonderful idea for new artworks, books, or songs.     We could schedule them in our diary under today I am going to have a brilliant idea’.  

Sadly, we can’t schedule as we NEVER know when they come along, they just do.

About three years ago I began some drawings of historical figures.  I wanted them to say strong postive things and fill us with gumption each time we glance over them.  

I had a loose idea that I liked,  but not enough to bring anything together.  The preparatory drawings lay in my planchest - occasionally I’d come across them and think - that was a nice idea - then back they went back in the drawer for another day, another week, another year.

Then yesterday I bought some new pens out shopping with my daughter.  Some Windsor & Newton Promarkers. They call them paint in a pen, some a4 card and a new Posca black pen.   I could feel the stirrings of something coming on.

Late in the afternoon, I sat down to draw and get used to my new pens.  

Immediately the drawings came and pretty much unconsciously, I began work on the historical figures.  

The collection began to come together fast.  

The work I had done 3 years ago had built a solid foundation of a collection of new work, just waiting to be plucked off my shelf of ideas.

Now I have a clear idea of who I’m drawing these for.  Teenagers bedrooms, and obviously the parents that might buy them in the first place.

So I have a collection, a place that I want them to go in and the people in mind that I would like to aim them at.

That process took three years.

This is the power of a:  keeping the drawings you start working on and b: sketchbooks, there and ready for you to revisit at any time in the future.  You might be interested in this post.

So, what projects have you got on the shelf in your mind?  I’d love to know

Sam x

About Samantha:

Sam Barnes has been a practising artist for 25 years. Throughout her career she has had her own gallery, worked with hundreds of artists in making and marketing their own works and exhibited her own extensively. Her work has been successfully published & licensed many times. Sam is passionate about artists, makers and creatives earning a decent living from what they do. Our world needs new and beautiful things and artists deserve liveable incomes. Those two things are possible. Sam writes from her first hand experience and occasionally works 1:1 with others.

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