Yesterday I felt a lot more like myself. After a couple of weeks of feeling a bit 'lost' I was back in full swing again working on three different projects at various stages. There's nothing like some good, solid deadlines to kick start us back to productivity!
I know I am not alone in feeling this way. I have many friends who design and create all kinds of crafts from woodworking to painting and just about everything in between. I have seen them struggle and I have seen them soar and I don't think any of them can help or predict when one of these 'lulls' comes along. It just does, for whatever reason and it seems no matter how much we try, we have a hard time getting through it.
But eventually we do come out on the other end. For many of us, we are even more productive afterward. And while we may not completely understand what kept us from creating in the first place, I think as time goes on I look at these lulls as part of the process and allow them to just 'be'. Fighting them only seems to make them last longer, as the anxiety of wondering if they will ever pass only seems to strengthen them. Perhaps they are a way for our brains and bodies to 'reboot' and reset. Perhaps they offer the necessary rest that we typically refuse to allow ourselves to enjoy. But whatever the case, once we are on the other side of them, it is often difficult for me to understand what the hold up was in the first place. But I suppose I don't have to figure everything out completely.
In any case, it feels good to be 'back'. I am far more comfortable working on lots of things at once than trying to figure out where to start. I am learning to allow those phases to just pass and I no longer worry that I have 'run out' of my creativity. If I am patient, it comes back better than ever.
I had another really productive day yesterday. The wheels are definitely 'unstuck' and building up steam.
One of the projects that I worked on was for my Art Play Date 2015 class project. (You can follow the link for more information on what I will be teaching.)
My class is due to post the beginning of October, and I am very excited about it. Since I designed the project way back in January, it is rather fun to recreate these cool ice skates to make the pattern packet and video for the class. It will really allow me to fine tune the process and make everything clear for my students who are taking the course. I had fun playing with Margot's MUD texture paste, and I was reminded how cool this project is and how fun and easy it was to make.
In the class, I show a variety of new ways to use the MUD to easily create the intricate textures on the skates. There is very little painting "skill" needed for this project, and I think that people are going to have a great time with it! I will show more hints of the project later in the week. (You can still sign up for Art Play Date 2015! You get until March of 2016 to watch the videos and all the instructions for the projects are downloadable so you can go at your own pace!)
I also worked on my new project – SLD513 Autumn Leaves Scatter Bowls – and did the first round of photos for them:
I am loving the way they came out so far! They are a simple and quick project, but they are so cool looking!
I have some additional finishing ideas that I am going to be using on them later today, and I will have more photos tomorrow. (The links to them won't work until later this week when I post the project pattern on the site.)
I also had my three "helpers" working with me yesterday:
Here is Coco choosing colors of thread to use in the pictures . . .
And Pancakes was right behind me . . .
And Richard was watching from a "box seat" . . .
No wonder I am getting so much done with all my helpers!
Today I will be working on these two projects, plus an additional one as well. You will have to come back tomorrow and see what I am up to.
It is still foggy out today, but it seems a bit cooler than the past several days. I hope it stays cool when the fog lifts. I am so ready for autumn!
I wish you all a wonderful day. Have a happy and productive Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"