Happy Friday – TGIF, right? I’m glad the weekend is coming around, giving me time to catch up on a few projects and just chill with my brother that is visiting from the States. All my rushing around and frenzy-like projects got me to thinking about letting things just go on hold and stew a bit. I wrote about getting into a creative trance previously and I think we all can relate to a similar experience. Your muse suddenly drives you to start a new project and pursue an idea that seems so vivid in your mind. You get into that mode of just trying to get it all out and that’s what I did with my paintings on paper.
I got into a creative trance thinking about the subject of luck, fortune by chance and how bizarre that people believe you can create luck even when they feel bound by the chance or fate in luck. There was this paradoxical and interesting issue of luck being random, you have no control – but with the lucky charms and superstitions people have it seems you do have control or at least some power to change or turn your luck around. I started researching symbols of luck and working on the paintings, creating lots of contrast in unplanned and planned elements. I collaged, I painted, I stitched the thread, I stamped with my cork stamps and I drew with pen and inks… then suddenly, I didn’t know what to do anymore. I was frustrated because I didn’t know how to finish up the set that I started. I just lost my mojo!
I’ve been thinking about this all week and I realized perhaps I just need to let it stew a bit. We often jump into projects quickly, but it can often take a long period of time to finish, even periods of forgetting about it and not working on it. Up until you are ready to finish it up or get back into it again. So I decided that it would be okay to have a bunch of unfinished projects. It’s not failure, everything is just on hold, right? I wonder how others feel about letting your creative ideas stew and putting projects on hold…or perhaps even just deciding that you will simply abandon something? I heard Ali Edwards on a Paperclipping interview say that she feels absolutely no guilt for not finishing something or leaving a project half-done… because she knows that she has already created great things in the past – I suppose focusing on what you have done, as opposed to what you haven’t. That’s sort of a great way to look at it, right? Such a positive perspective.