Days 12-14 of 100 Creative Encounters
Day 12 of 100 Creative Encounters
Insight: Rise above it.
Day 13 of 100 Creative Encounters
Insight: Kick self-doubt to the curb.
How many times have you started something and then stopped because you second guessed yourself?
Kick self-doubt to the curb.
You’ve got the green light 💚
DAY14 OF 100 CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS
Insight: Step away, clear your head and then come back.
Keeping things real and letting you know that that’s where I was at yesterday with the 100 Day Project.
After spending the morning, afternoon and evening in an all out throw down with yesterday’s artwork, I quit. I was tired of the battle that I seemed to be losing over and over again.
Nothing seemed to work, no matter what I tried. The composition was off, the design was boring, the colors where too dark, too bright, too random, too everything.
Not to mention the huge learning curve I’m experiencing while experimenting with the cotton rag paper. It’s like trying to work on a sopping wet rag (but I still love it).
There’s got to be 100 layers of collage, paint, tears and a whole lot of “blankety blank” under the finished piece.
I got to that place that no artist likes to be in and I quit.
I went to the kitchen and decided to start cooking like real people do. The rice I was making started to burn but I was able to salvage it just in time. Surprisingly, it turned out to be the best batch I’ve made in a while.
My husband and I enjoyed our meal and we watched a silly movie.
As my thoughts started to clear and my pulse settled to a normal rate, I kept thinking about giving up on my project and my commitment. It didn’t make sense as to why I was struggling so much with the artwork. I let self-defeating thoughts get the best of me. I’m a tough ol’ gal and I don’t back down to easily. Hmmmm, that might be part of the problem. Oh well, that’s for another day.
The type of work I do is all about responding to the prior decision. It’s problem solving and my experience has taught me that I know how to come to a solution in my work.
I didn’t want to quit. I just needed to step away, clear my head and take a break.
When I evaluated things, I was able to determine that the benefits of completing my project would far outweigh the temporary relief of quitting.
I returned to the studio late in the evening and started again.
And whaddya know, it all worked out.
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