Changing My Intent

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.

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Decisions by Susan Lenz

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.

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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.

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It’s full of mysterious details and stories.

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Follow the progress on Susan’ blog.

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