I’m currently struggling to focus on a series. I start in one direction, get bored halfway through or after finishing 1 piece, and / or get inspired by something else I’d like to do. This artistic flakiness is doing nothing for my goal of getting a show up and ready by the end of the summer, and I was feeling really down on myself about it until yesterday.
I find when I’m feeling a bit down, it helps to think about myself as if I were a close friend. We are so rough and mean to ourselves sometimes with our inner dialogue, aren’t we? I mean, you’d NEVER say half the nastiness to your bff as you say or think about yourself. And golly, if we’re not good friends to ourselves, how can we expect other people to treat us better? So I got into this practice a few years ago of calling myself by my favorite nickname and suspending judgement, thinking from a place of compassion and problem-solving instead. As you do when your loved ones are down, right? This practice has literally changed my life.
Yesterday was no exception. While I would not say I came up with THE PERFECT IDEA for a series, I did come to the understanding that this just has to be part of my initial process – my initial learning curve – and this too shall pass. I mean, I have been at this only since this February after a loooooong hiatus in the corporate world. Maybe just maybe it’s ok for me to have a few months of flightiness before I find THE THING I want to sink my teeth into. In the meantime, it’s just very important for me to keep on creating beautiful, well-crafted works that make me happy.
3 latest in-progress pieces…
Your thoughts? Anyone else go through a similar phase and what helped you find your way out?