Concentrating on other projects, I have not spent as much time on my artwork lately. I have been feeling the frustration and irritability of an artist who isn’t making art on a regular basis. I know and understand that there are creative dry spells and periods of times when other things have to come first. But how do we get work in when we are limited by things beyond our control?
While hiking with fellow artist and friend, Deb Musson, we often discuss art and creative projects that we are working on. On one hike she was telling me about a project that uses a puzzle piece that you turn into art. I was intrigued by the idea because puzzle pieces are so small. Below is her piece of artwork:
I think it turned out phenomenally and the idea was so clever. Deb said that it is 2 x 3 inches because she used a piece from a children’s puzzle. When I asked her if she would make more, she said, “Yes, I enjoyed it. Something quick to boost confidence.”
I could feel the wheels turning inside my head. One of the hard things about not creating on a regular basis is you get out of practice and lose some of your creative confidence. The other thing that I kept thinking about was that it didn’t take Deb very long to make the puzzle piece art.
Several weeks later, I needed a thank you card for something. Another friend asked me why I didn’t make one. I hadn’t even thought of it to be honest. So I made a thank you card, it was quick and easy, and it turned out nice.
Later I made a set of three note-cards based on a tea-cup theme.
I felt like I had creatively accomplished something. The next day I made another set in which I focused on dominoes and the red and black color theme.
A couple of days later I completed a third set of note-cards in which I focused on stamps and earth tones.
Like my friend Deb, I enjoyed the creative challenge that this smaller format provided. I also liked that they are quick and easy to make. The note-cards allowed me to be creative and boost my creative confidence. They are a series of little accomplishments.
So often when we are creating, we think that we have to have a big accomplishment. For me I often think in a series of pieces or a show of work. I forget that I don’t always have to be working on the next show. That there is other creative work to be done. It’s not the size of the accomplishment…. it’s accomplishing something.