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Mobile Art – APPart – ‘Don’t Stop ‘Till It’s Done’

Sometimes when we’re creating, we have to wage war with the work.  This piece is a perfect example of something I fought for a very long time before the pieces (and there are lots of them in here) all come together.

I began this piece with a pretty clear idea where I was going, or so I thought! I wanted to create something that was about the state of the world we are leaving for future generations. I had taken some photos a couple of years ago of a display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology of embryonic development. I used an image of a foetus whose facial features were just beginning to form. My vision for the piece was to try and capture the mystery of unborn children in the womb, a subject that fascinates me.

So, I began drawing, layering, texturizing and so forth to create this piece Unfortunately, I kept going down paths that weren’t working  they either didn’t convey what I wanted, didn’t get the depth I wanted to achieve, etc. I would think that the piece was finished, put it away for awhile and come back later to immediately see that it still needed work. It was getting very frustrating, and my temptation was to just call it a day and be done with it.

I’m pretty sure we’ve all been at that junction at one time or another when we are working  at least I hope I’m not alone here! I just want to remind you all (myself included) that it’s very important that we keep working till the art sings. Never give up; some pieces are just more trying than others.

This quick video shows many, not all, of the interim stages of my image “What Legacy Will We Leave?” All of these images are incorporated in some way to reach the final piece.



Bobbi McMurry received her BFA from Arizona State University where she focused on painting, drawing, and printmaking. After graduating, she spent many years as an Art Director for custom and newsstand magazines. She has recently rekindled her passion for creating personal images and has gravitated to the world of mobile art. Her work has been accepted into numerous juried exhibitions, and has been recognized in mobile art competitions including The Third Wave and the Mobile Photo Awards. Additionaly, her work is part of the current iPhonic Art Exhibit at Markham Vinyards in California. She has been featured on mobile photography blogs, and recently became a columnist for The App Whisperer. Bobbi lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.

One Comment

  • Diana Jeon

    This is something that anyone making art with depth and content (rather than strictly pretty images) fights with from time to time, unfortunately. But far too few people talk about the struggle, and some just either never finish the work, or leave it undercooked and throw it out to the world.

    Thank you for talking about this. I know, in the grander scheme of the universe, it is a small thing, unimportant, really. But when you are in the trenches, making art every day, and come up against an image that will not behave, it feels like Kilimanjaro looming right ahead of you, and that you are the sole person on the planet that is facing it. Not fun. So it is nice to know that it happens to others, and that they fought the dragon and won.

    And, great image. Glad you were able to tame it. 🙂