ARGGGHHHH! Working on an idea that's turning out to be difficult to execute, and for all that, I can't even get a good sense if it's really going to have the effect I'm going for. It could be an epic fail. Is that why I'm hesitant to sit down and work on it? Should I push on until I do "feel it" or set it aside to work on something easier. . .light, fun, quick, cute and easy to sell (the joys of instant gratification versus potentially failed attempt at a fulfilling achievement?)
The other thing hanging me up a bit right now is a growing "to do" list of mundane stuff like photographing and posting new creations on Etsy as well as blog and Etsy promotion, taking some inventory to Urban Bazaar and picking up unsold items, new business cards, creating and setting up "print to order" postcards based on a couple really cool pictures of Cthulhu, and blah blah blah. Also have a couple of pounds of wool I need to start dyeing.
I do literally have ADD, and I was most productive when all I was doing was sculpting and sticking finished creations on the shelf. I really think it's all these other little procrastination-things I'm trying to do now that are occupying my headspace and killing creativity. This other stuff is making my creativity as fickle as a panda bear's libido.
Friday, February 4, 2011
But then. . . the elation dissipated and I just felt exhausted and gloomy. Spent the first two weeks of January in an uncharacteristic mopey couch/TV state. I didn't create anything new, though I did continue the "factory" like task of making the "Love in Bottle" things (along with the 'Shroom in a Bottle.)
But, maybe that was for the best. Maybe it's like a field lying fallow, or how in yoga the resting corpse pose/savasana is how you restore and integrate the hard work you've done with the active poses. I've finally been working on a few things recently, but I felt my creativity "click" when I spent 5 hours sitting in the cold sand at Ocean Beach the other day just playing in the sand and making abstract sculptures, erasing them, starting over, enjoying the pure play of immediately disposable art and the "connected feeling" of having my fingers in the ground beneath me while listening to the crashing waves. After I got tired, I just sat for another couple hours in open eyed meditation, watching the surfers. It might have been the most "clear" and connected to "the big Om" I've ever felt.
A little over a week ago I had a custom request from a friend and artist I really admire. It was not a complicated request. . . it was for an Amanita mushroom. I have been primarily doing magical creatures, and the mushrooms I've been doing lately include faces and are called "Spirit Mushrooms." I asked my friend if he had a specific image he wanted me to work from or how he wanted it to look: realistic, or cute, or like the Spirit Mushrooms, etc. . . and he said to make the Amanita Mushroom in any style, fashion or form I wished.
Far West Fungi. I pulled it out to see if the deck included an Amanita. Of course. . . and fittingly, the Ace of Spades! It was exactly right, and was what I based the sculpture on.
handsandnotion, a fiber artist from Michigan. Lastly, the red wool is corriedale fiber I got at Urban Fauna in SF.
I feel like I'm myself again and have several challenging and fun idea's I can't wait to start working on!