Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mixed Feelings

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I have an art show in seventeen days. If I am totally honest about it... I am not really looking forward to it. Don't get me wrong, I love this show! I had a fantastic time at it last year, but taking so much time off to work on the book, I feel out of practice and unprepared. I can't seem to find the motivation to prepare either. I am still waiting on the bolt of lightning that usually strikes my butt right before a show. The lightning that fills me with energy and ideas... that makes me stay up past midnight creating each evening, only to wake at six the next morning ready to start again. I have been spoiled with writing deadlines and a lack of creation ones.

Looking about the studio I have 5 maybe 6 pieces of jewelry made for the show. And that just ain't gonna cut it, people. I have decided that I need to make a more conscious effort to seek out my muse where ever she is hiding. I think I need to reach a little farther with my ideas and be a little more experimental (this show can handle that). I went out and bought myself a planner, which I haven't had in YEARS. I am starting lists and detailed to-do's. Not usually the best way I work, but I think it need it right now. I am going to take the time today to organize my goals for the show and plan out the best way to meet them.

Oh how very business womany I sound, eh? LOL. Anyone of you feeling like this lately? What do you all do when your creative drive goes missing?

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8 comments:

Alice said...

I know how you are feeling. I have a show in 17 days also. Make that two shows in two days. Yesterday I sat down to make something and ended up creating and subsequently ripping apart four pieces. My creativity seems to have gone on vacation, and at the most inoportune time.

When this happens I try not to force the muse to return, but sometimes there is no choice but to sit down and put something together. Many times I just sort through my beads, and after I have fondled them enough something will come to me--a tiny spark of an idea, then another and another. Other times I pull out books or surf the net for a color combination or new idea to try.

That planner may be a good idea, and possibly you can sketch designs there too. Recently I've been inspired by the Enchanted Adornments book by Cynthia Thornton where she shows her drawing journal full of sketches, designs, and even snippets of conversations.

I hope you find that bolt of lightning-and maybe send it my way...

willowluna said...

K-I LOVE the mixed chain look of this piece. Don't know what it strikes me so, but it does. I'd love to see what you would do with that in brights.

Elaine said...

I usually scare my muse back by doing production drudgery. Somewhere between the 2 & 10th dozen set of beads or earrings or pendants-on-a-cord she comes back.

But I live around my loose schedule and flexible to-do list - I think I would implode without having those around.

TesoriTrovati said...

I am so there with ya!
I have a show in two days...yikes!
Totally unprepared, and utterly unrepentant. Too much to consider with the house newly on the market and the new one within my grasp. I stopped creating the day that we decided to put the house up. Luckily I do have things, but not nearly where my goal was. But I am okay with it, I have to be. I never do have a glut of stuff, just the best stuff and that sets me apart from others who have row upon row upon row of the same thing over and over. I will just make the most of it and not worry. Maybe there is a virus going around that is sapping all of our creativity since it seems to be the trend... if that lightning strikes you, do tell how it found you! Enjoy the day Kerry! Erin

Silver Parrot said...

My muse went missing for most of the summer - it's my secret theory that she was hanging out in some tropical getaway drinking to many frou frou drinks and flirting with underage cabana boys. I tried everything to get her to come back, but eventually I just had to wait until she got tired of the partying and wandered home.

rosebud101 said...

I just go back to basics. Right now, I'm stuck. I'm just working on the basics again.

Eileen said...

i've not done a show with beads and/or jewelry yet but i have an opportunity to do one...i'm very nervous about not having enough...the most worrisome part for me is not knowing what to make...would that be "finding my muse?"...

guess i won't do the show since i'm so frekin' scared...

kerry...i know you'll find her and with blow everyone away with your creativity and beautiful jewelry...

Stacie said...

I really resonate with this post..my muse went on vacation for the summer and I am now just getting back to creating again. I think it has something to do with learning something new, too. I have just started to bezel set stones..now I wake up inspired and ready to create since I have a new skill to practice with!