There is a bit of a let down at the end of Surtex. Once more we are back in our studios alone.
I am presently working on a watercolor of a Thanksgiving turkey. He is not as loose and free as I would like, but I think I am okay with what is coming out. Sometimes it takes a few days even a week to see something differently.
I found myself thinking while I followed thru on design requests: What did I want to do next? Thinking and thinking didn’t help. So I began googling because you never know where you are going to end up. What I found was very much in synch with my thinking. If we tune in to ourselves we will find what we are seeking.
As my mind was going through its litany of “you should do this and you should do that”………I began to imagine and feel that what I wanted was to free up and loosen up even more. And not just in terms of style, but to let my thinking and creative mind be more open to all sorts of possibilities. It’s not necessary, I realized, to box myself in to one style, one subject etc. The creative process is a discovery and a searching and that cannot happen in a box. It is an exciting process because when you give over to it you never quite know what is going to happen next. And you begin to develop a way of working that allows for this process.
So, I am going to do the paperwork, the follow thru and all the not so fun stuff. But I am going to look at art that inspires and begin to doodle and scribble.
I found a wonderful textile artist, Luli Sanchez whose work and sensibility I find very inspiring and exciting.
I also discovered a wonderful artist, textile designer, quilter, knitter named Kaffe Fassett . I read about his book , Dreaming in Color and ordered it right away.
I also got out ten of the journals which I have been keeping for years. They include sketches, cartoons, ideas as well as recordings of events and feelings. Looking through these helped remind me of the creative person I am. I found, among many others, a drawing I did for a Wish Fairy doll I wanted to make and a lovely sketch of June roses.
Here’s one more thing. When I find myself feeling discouraged, feeling that nothing is going to come of the show and why am I doing this, I pull out my cognitive thinking book, Feeling Good by David Burns and find a chapter and exercise that relates to what I am thinking. In a very short time I am back on track again because I see that the self-defeating pattern will get no positive results. Have something you can turn to when your thoughts get gloomy.
And Stay happy.
6 responses to “What to do when the Show is over”
I’m so glad you’ve discovered Kaffe Fasset. Needlepointers and stitchers have followed him for years. You might be interested in googling hom or seeing some of his needlepoint designs on the Ehrman web site.
I know what you mean about a let down after the show. I feel at a loss after I finish a major needlepoint project, and I’m just a craftsman not a creative artist!
Thanks Terry. So good to hear from you.I have the Book “Dreaming in Color” . So far just looking through it. It’s a biggie.
You have my vote of confidence. Keep those creative juices flowing. xoxo Nancy
Will do Nancy.
My mom bought the Kaffe Fasset books years ago, and I used to drool over the pictures and imagine that someday I’d knit one of his creations (I think they are VERY complicated, however.) But the inspiration stuck with me all the same – and I’m glad you have found him, too.
Don’t forget that it’s when we are feeling discouraged that we’re often on the verge of a breakthrough. Your work is lovely, and I know that another beautiful artwork will be flowing from your brushes very soon!
XOX – Joana
Thanks so much Joana. Your words are very comforting.
I finally finished the Thanksgiving Turkey. Not an easy one. I am feeling better already.