I’ve written about 3 blog posts in the last several days, but none of them has been right. Basically I think I am having a hard time expressing myself. This Summer feels a bit like limbo, sort of an eddy to hang out in while real life goes by. I’ve been spending lots of time in the studio, and that feels like a different kind of reality from the errand running, Mom stuff, bill paying and other day to day buzz. I think it is in the nature of the artist to feel a bit apart from life. Those feelings have been strong lately, especially since summer brushes me up against some social groups I’ve never felt at home with. I feel a bit like “Libby in pieces”. (sounds like an interesting title for a piece some day, doesn’t it?)
The studio piece is going so-so. I have been spending as much time as I can manage in the studio lately. The metalwork is slow. I keep saying that because in comparison to the immediacy of polymer clay, metalwork proceeds at a snail’s pace. I have had some serious soldering issues and at least one giant gaffe. It was a huge lesson in process, i.e. don’t do things out of order or you’ll totally screw the piece up. I guess I can be thankful that silver can be melted down and reclaimed.
The bezel-button pieces have caught me in a sort of creative undertow. I have some other ideas rolling around in my head, but I can’t seem to stop making the bezels. Focus is a continuing challenge for me. Sometimes I can’t find a focus, but other times I get too focused on one thing and I can’t see to pull myself away when I should.
The other Libby pieces are just trying to cope with the day to day business of being wife, mother, friend etc. The house is dusty, we have enough fresh food around the house most of the time, and I haven’t forgotten to pick my daughter up from her various activities yet. I am beyond blessed with a husband who understands and even supports the level of distraction that comes with a creative surge. Thanks.