Thursday, November 08, 2007

NO Wheel Re-Inventing

What are those old sayings? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it..." and "you can't reinvent the wheel..." Yesterday, I adopted those cliches as new motos, lol.

I have been feeling like I am starting to burn out. I am getting moody and agitated. I am having sorta crappy torch sessions and I feel the urge to avoid. Avoid what? Everything.

It can get so frustrating trying to come up with new things constantly. I need mental brakes. But with orders in front of me and a show next weekend, (which I hope all you locals are going to stop by for!) it just isn't an option. I have to press forward and get things done. I have to be a grown up business gal and do my job, lol.

So, here is what I did... I headed on over to my Flickr photo gallery and picked a few pieces that I love... that I had wanted to try in other colors when I first made them and didn't have the chance... that made me say "hey, I forgot about those!" and ones that just sparked my interest in general.

Joolz has an overall black and white theme. And my b&w pieces sell like hotcakes for the owner, Francie. So rather then reinventing the wheel, and trying to fix what ain't broke... I fell back on the classics. I ended up with two, what I think, are super designs in crisp black and white.

I liked getting to create a little mindlessly and get a mental design brake for a day (or two). I have a few more pieces I am going to revisit over the next couple of days. I may try new color combos or I may just go with some of my old favorites. You'll just have to wait and see.


Lori G said...

Hey Kerri. I don't know how you do it, always coming up with new stuff! Go easy on do have so much that you can build on!

Burnout is awful so be careful. I feel like I've been a that point since last February and don't know how to get it back. But I keep plugging away, like you say.

Go easy on yourself! I like your idea of creating one (or two, or three) masterpieces and then doing them in color variations. At least your brain can rest a bit. That's why I like production work. Sometimes.

Thanks for telling us your process!

WillowLuna said...

I love the one on the left!!