If I’m being honest, I’d have to say organizing, creating print media, picture framing and the overall creation of the 365 Art shows is driving me crazy!
All of the administrative work has kept me from creating. I haven’t picked up a paint brush since December. I don’t even want to count how many days have passed.
One thing that has kept my creative urges in check is the pottery studio.
Especially the first few weeks of January when my 365 challenge ended. I had no idea what to do or where to be. I found myself wandering over to the pottery studio, where I’d poke and prod clay, still not knowing what to do. Somehow the physical manipulation of the wet cold clay, the cutting, molding, stamping allowed my mind to drift and not worry about what needed to be done. I guess one could call it “coming back to earth”.
From this time of “just being”, came many jewelry pieces. First I worked in the studio creating the pendants, next I glazed them and soon the project found its way home. I’d select some beads here, string a pendant there. The simple act of creating this jewelry gave me an outlet, a ritual, even a purpose when I was feeling lost.
I am thankful for my pottery muse. I needed this to keep my hands busy and my mind at peace. Luckily The Guild where I take pottery is having a pottery show next week. I will bring my wares there in hopes of finding interested patrons.
You’ve probably heard this before from many an artist, but it’s worth saying again. For those who need to create daily, just to be able to breathe freely, it’s generally never about amassing their creations. It is like the Buddhist monks who spend a week designing mandalas in the sand only to sweep them away when finished. I have this incredible urge to make things, to use my hands and to work with color. If I don’t, I begin to feel like I am going to explode.
I certainly miss painting, but alas I have “grown up” work to do. Until I get back to my art studio time, I will have to derive pleasure from the small creative processes that make my heart sing.
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