Monday, February 4, 2008

White pine


I'm not sure what is the most destructive thing artists do to sabotage their own work.
I usually work several pieces at any one time.  Having said that, sometimes I
end up down a dark alley, a dead end and still I don't want to wait for the 
inspiration that elicited the idea to return and guide me.  I press forward like a good worker bee and may settle for something because I'm just exhausted.  So it's a lack of patience.  Later on  I realize what I've done; I shortchanged something that just wasn't ready for birth.
  On the other hand, I have ideas that I procrastonate.  "The time isn't right", the little
 voice in my head intones. It usually means that I don't want to make the effort 
that the imagination is calling for.  I need to make the first step but I'm paralyzed.  I decided to share tonight a project that my friend Teri P suggested in one of her posts.  "Share something that you spend only ten minutes manipulating."  

2 comments:

Teri Prestash said...

Congratulations! How did it feel to let go after just 10 minutes?
The challenge is leave it be.

Bill Evertson said...

Very liberating. I admit I spend way too much time trying to look spontaneous. In my defense, practicing our art is the crux. In my sumi-e triptych, I probably spent a month making studies and practicing each stroke. I ultimately did those three pieces in under three hours. I think lately I've been over thinking. I thank you for reminding me of the lesson.