I made a great deal of progress on one of my designs yesterday, and so far I am happy with how it was turning out. It is still in the drawing stages right now, and even though it is half drawn, I still don’t have a clear vision of what I want the final piece to be.
It used to bother me when something like this occurred. Many times when I create a design, I have a goal or a final vision of what I want the completed piece to look like. I have always heard that without a clear goal, it is difficult to progress, and I can see exactly what that means.
There was a point yesterday when I had some of the drawing completed, and I found myself staring at the computer screen, not knowing what to do next. The voices in my head that usually guide me through this process had obviously gone to tea, taking a break from the work they were commissioned to do. I followed their lead and checked my emails and did some other things for a few minutes. When I returned to my computer I was able to move ahead slightly, having another idea of what I may want to do for this piece. That occupied me for another stretch of time, and while I finished that next section, I was thinking of the one to follow.
Slowly the fog was lifting, but it was being somewhat stubborn and taking its time.
But instead of forcing it, I tried to relax and allow it to come on its own. Fortunately, the deadline for this design is reasonable, and not so close that I need to push it forward too quickly. That alone is a relief, as I know when I am patient and calm and have the awareness to do so, allowing things to progress naturally produces far better results. Perhaps that is why as we age we begin to realize the great value of being patient. It isn’t because we have become lethargic and lost our passion, but more so I believe because we have had enough experience to know that some things just can’t be rushed, and if we give them room to develop and grow, we will be rewarded.
We can’t force the fog to lift, any more than we can make the rain fall or the sun shine. Part of being experienced is knowing that some of the aspects of what we do cannot be changed, no matter how we try. There are times to push forward and there are also times to sit back and observe and allow things to gel. Knowing when to do which is something that only comes with time.
I am particularly conscious of these things because the project I am creating is for submitting to a new source. It isn’t that I ever feel laid back with a submission, but there is somewhat of a comfort in submitting to a company that I am familiar with. Trying something new is always a source of some anxiety, as I just don’t know what to expect.
While I try to do my best on all of my designs, it is important for me to present a good first impression. While I am well-established in some areas, this branching out makes me feel like I am somewhat of a rookie. I really want them to like what I do.
So moving ahead carefully and thoughtfully is a good thing. It causes us to take a breath and really be aware of what we are doing. It removes the “routine” from our jobs and our lives and once again adds to the excitement and exhilaration of being creative.
Some people look at that as stressful. For myself, I choose to look at it as an opportunity to renew my enthusiasm for what I do. Sometimes we all need that.
So I will continue on today with my design, slowly and cautiously. As I maneuver through the fog, I will take each step with care, knowing that eventually it will lift. And when it does, I will hopefully be left with something that I can be proud of.
Have a wonderful day. Enjoy your journey.
”The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” – Carl Sandburg
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"