Creative process: Flaky people who work full time and like to drink and take themselves too seriously sometimes edition
May 16, 2016
I was really into the idea of doing a big, beautiful cactus mosaic, but the design wasn't coming together and then I decided I wanted to do an ocotillo instead, but then that was looking like it was really going to suck too. So I scrapped the whole thing.
Then I just lost all momentum. I spent my evenings drinking wine and sulking in front of the internet for a couple of weeks before deciding that maybe I needed to shift gears for a while.
Really, cut it out!
I also realized I needed to stop beating myself up for not doing something fun and creative every damn spare minute of the day. That's just stupid, as well as extremely counterproductive. (Plus Jesus, take a step back, I'm not not saving lives here. Everything will still go along just as it does if I don't glue some crap to a board or whatever.)
Luckily, just as I had decided I was not necessarily creatively broken forever, I ran across some projects left over from last year when I had plenty of ideas and no time; now that I had some time and no ideas I was free to finish them up.
One turned out super crappy so I won't post it here, and another is a surprise for someone so ditto, but I can show you this lino cut I abandoned last spring but started again last week.
I need to clean it up a bit and I want to give it a caption, but it's largely finished now.
Once I started making progress on that, I felt much better. I drew a bunch of dumb little doodles and cut them out, just for fun.
This Saturday my friend Phyllis came over. The two of us drew a bunch of little doodles together and cut them out and used them to make a collage.
It rained all day, so that's where the weather theme came from. Eric sat at the table with us and worked on his own project and we played records and listened to the rain and shot the shit and made a goofy little art piece together. When we were finished we celebrated with a few margaritas. It was a great afternoon.
Finally, yesterday I got this little dude from the housewares clearance aisle in Marshall's. I plan to tile her up and put her in the backyard. Should be a fast-ish project.
So now art is fun again. The cactus/ocotillo/failure board will join the growing pile in the corner of my office of unfinished and unstarted projects. Some I'll pick up again and finish; some I will keep stumbling over until I decide to move them to the trash can out front. I'm learning that if something just isn't working that it really is okay to quit, at least for a while. There's only so much time and energy, you know?
I'm all excited to see how foxy turns out!
Posted by: Kristy | May 16, 2016 at 06:59 PM
I love the collaborative project with Phyllis! And really, art should be fun, and no, you don't need to fill your non-working or -sleeping hours with creativity.
Also, you're cool. You know that, right?
Posted by: Alison | May 16, 2016 at 10:55 PM
Glad you're giving yourself a break. It inspires me to stop beating myself up about not blogging enough.
Last night I went to a reading of THE MIRROR THIEF, a brilliant novel written by a dear friend. It took him 5-1/2 years to write, and he explained this partly by saying that writing a novel (and by extension, probably most creative pursuits) is as much about taking time to not-write as write. Sometimes you have to just take a moment (maybe a really long moment) to idle, and just imagine what inhabiting your character's world would really be like. I thought that was great advice!
Posted by: Angela | May 17, 2016 at 09:02 AM