A month ago, I dedicated a week to an art retreat at home. My husband was out of town, so it was just me and the kitties. I feel as if I haven't been very productive over the past six months. Technically that is not true - I have created a number of pieces. But I have gotten so used to working in a series, I feel that single, stand-alone pieces don't count.
The retreat provided me with much needed time for walks in nature, meditation, reflection, playing with kittens . . . oh yes, and studio time. I had a flash of insight about a series I want to work on, but the work has progressed slowly. Since the retreat, I've felt torn between a number of ideas. I have had difficulty choosing which direction to go. Another flash of insight two days ago - it doesn't really matter which direction I go, as long as I do something!
Amazing how freeing that realization has been. I have created two studies for larger pieces I'm entering in an exhibition later this year. And although they didn't turn out exactly as expected, I know I'm on the right track. Each day I clarify my vision just a little bit more. Oh, and if you are wondering if I've kept my commitment to show up every day - the answer is yes. I have spent at least several hours each day in the studio since June 1 (except one Saturday - it's ok to take one day off - or am I just rationalizing?!)
Below is a photo of one of my studies. It is not complete, but I do like it enough to finish it.
What you you do to help you through periods of indecision and lack of inspiration? I would love to hear your thoughts.