I thought about titling this post “Deadlines Flying By” because I’ve let a number of exhibit entry dates go by without entering any of my work. Deadlines used to cause me to intensify my focus and create new and better work. Now they entice me and then as the date approaches and then disappears, they frighten me and cause me to despair. Lately, I feel like I am afraid to work in my studio because I’ll be disappointed in what I create. I’m thinking too hard and I’ve misplaced my voice.
So, I am making a conscious decision to change my intent. For the time being I am going to create pieces just to play and have fun. I am going to focus on what intrigues me without any pressure of expectation. I think, heck I know, I have been too caught up in trying to push myself to do ambitious pieces, and in doing so I’ve stopped working altogether. For the foreseeable future I’m going to think smaller, not necessarily in real size, but in my intent.
Little is the new big. Short term goals: fun and time in my studio.
I’ve been having a lot of fun creating Flickr Galleries. I think they have a lot of potential as sources of inspiration for designs, textures, color schemes and patterns. Check out the ones I have made so far:
Tendrils & Spirals
Thanks to Gerri Newfry for the link to this blog post by Alicia Tormey on the subject of creative motivation. It’s a fantastic post full of ideas I really need to take to heart. It seems so obvious and yet, I have never really thought about the difference between inspiration and motivation. While inspiration flows through me in varying waves, my basic struggle lies in a failure to motivate myself.
At some instinctive level, I know this. I may have mentioned here that when I don’t feel particularly creative, I can jump start myself by going down into the studio and cleaning up a portion of the perpetual mess. The act of tidying up my supplies connects me to them, and next thing I know I find myself sitting at my worktable or bench.
And I love Alicia’s idea of a creative power outfit! Clothes have a power we don’t always recognize. I know a really great outfit can boost my confidence and energy. Now that I think about it, I realize that I have sloppy fall-out-of-bed-pajama type outfits that sap my energy. It’s something I need to think about more.
Thanks for the proverbial whack on the head Gerri and Alicia! Now if only I didn’t have to spend the day cleaning and cooking and generally preparing for the great family feast Thursday.
While I spend a fair amount of time thinking about art in our lives, and I go to museums and galleries occasionally, I can honestly say that I don’t often encounter art that really moves me.
Decisions by Susan Lenz has affected me on such a deep level. The pictures on the web fascinate me. The whole piece draws me in. I would love to see it in person. I’ve been following her progress on this large piece avidly. It’s a precious gift to watch an artist develop a piece, a gift that the internet has made more accessible. I am so grateful to be a bystander to Susan’s process as she stitches and frames keys, wraps nails and weaves a story with nails and keys and fiber around old doors.
It’s full of mysterious details and stories.
Follow the progress on Susan’ blog.