Series Stats

Does looking at statistics make you cringe? Or do love seeing data in numerical form?  I think I might just be somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.  While crunching the numbers at the end of the year for accounting purposes, I decided to see what the numbers revealed in my series of artworks.

My artist friend, Kathleen Probst, keeps track of her artworks in different series by creating a chart. This gives her an overall sense of what she has been working on.  You can see her past example here.  I decided to give it a try with my different series’.

Here is my version:

Lisa Flowers Ross Series Chart 2012-2015

Lisa Flowers Ross Series Chart 2012-2015

The first column on the left is the number of artworks and I started the chart at 2012. The gray sections at the top of each bar are the other artworks that were singular and weren’t part of a series. You can see that over the last four years, that section has gotten smaller as more and more of my artworks are part of a series.

Currently, I have about 22 different series (some are older and not on the chart). Of the 22, I consider only 2 completed.  Although as I keep moving forward with new inspirations, I wonder if I will get back to some of them.

As you can see from the chart, I jump around to different series when working.  For the past three years, I have worked on 7-8 different series throughout the year.  I did not make a separate chart of a chronological look at the pieces, like Kathleen did.

It also looks like my production has been going down each year in the number of total works made.  But that is deceptive as I have been making more larger pieces and some that have more free-motion stitching which takes more time.

If I were to make a chart where the cell representing each piece varied by the amount of time put into it (i.e. a small piece might get one cell, a large piece might get three cells), then I think the picture would look a little different. I’m not really worried about it, though.  I will continue to make art consistently.

This exercise is an interesting way to look at the bigger body of artwork.  If you are an artist, do you work in a series?  If so, do you just work on one series at a time? How many pieces of artwork do you think constitutes a series? And if you do your own analysis of artwork that creates new insights, please share it in the comments.

2 comments to Series Stats

  • I have been working on only one series this year. In general, I tend to stick with one series at a time, and really delve into it. I analyze what that series is really about. I have gotten better at looking at my own work over the years, and each series seems to end on its own when I have exhausted each idea, or come up with something new I am excited about.

    • Lisa Flowers Ross

      Hi Gail,
      I think it is great you can stay focused and work on one series at a time. It is probably a better way to delve deeper into it, like you said. Maybe that will change for me over the years. Right now I have so many ideas, sometimes it is just hard for me to stick to one. Color Fields is the one series I feel I worked until it was at its own end. The other completed series was because it was one piece a day for a month. I have some series that have just a few pieces in them. I have other ideas, but don’t know if/when I might get back to them.