Of course when I say that it’s time to dig deep into the reserves and find extra time to get new work done, I come down with the dreaded flu. I’ve been out of commission all week. So, unfortunately no work in progress shots. Everything is in stall mode. Which actually seems fitting these days.
I remember a long time ago when I was in AP Spanish in high school, I felt like I had hit a wall in my language skills. All of a sudden, the syntax felt clunky, my conjugations were tripping me up, words that I knew were escaping me and I was frustrated. My teacher told me sometimes when we are about to make a huge growth we hit a wall and we plateau for a bit. We trip up, we stumble, we question, we doubt. But keep going because you’re about to make a leap….I keep hoping that she is right when it comes to my studio practice right now.
I’ve been doing a lot of questioning of my art process lately. What is it that I want to create? What is my purpose here? Where do I want to go? I’ve been vacillating between abstracts and my representative works. And then there are so many other things I am itching to try. I know that my inspiration and motivation are tied to actually being busy and working and getting my hands on the materials. And that when I am not able to get in the studio and work, that that is when the doubt creeps in and the questioning…
Questioning one’s self and the why’s and what for’s of what one is doing is very important. But it’s when it stops you from doing, well, that’s a problem.
Tracing the Surface
encaustic mixed media
Patience is one of the most important qualities of creation, especially for anyone who wants to begin making art. The results cannot be pushed. Everything emerges in time. Even experienced creators find it difficult to accept that the gestation period of an artwork might be prolonged with few signs of progress. There may not even be indications of inch-by-inch progress. Days, weeks, and months may pass without any signs that the work is moving forward.
– Shaun McNiff, Trust the Process
The good thing is that I’ve been at this for a while now and I know that this too shall pass. It always does. I just need to get back in the studio.