Monday, December 21, 2009

Can I sleep now?

Is anyone else out there anxious for 2009 to end already? I am. My shows are done for the year but I am still trying to finish up some last-minute special orders. They are last-minute because I can't seem to work any other way. And that is a trait that I do not admire in myself. I make myself crazy. Self-imposed insanity. Now that's insane!

I am also anxious to get to work on new designs. I made some pieces in the studio this week that have me quite excited and inspired. I'm not sure how great they are but I will try to ride this wave for a while. Have you ever made something that you thought was the best thing in the entire world only to decided later on that it actually sucked? When I was in college I was working on a mixed media piece that I was convinced was the most amazing creation in the history of creations. I referred to it as The Masterpiece. I labored over every aspect of the design from the colors to the fabrics I used. I pieced everything together perfectly. I was so impressed with myself, with my skill, with my design choices - it was sick. Well, we all know where this story is going... once I was done I stepped back and really looked at the piece. Man, was that one ugly piece of crap. Seriously. How I could have ever thought it was a masterpiece is beyond me. I must have been possessed by pod people, or something.

Anyhoo, I hope I am capable of seeing my work more realistically these days. I can certainly be enamored with my own work, for sure, but I am also aware that I can make some pretty hideous things now and then. (And for some reason those are usually the first pieces to sell at a show... go figure.)

In other news, I got my copy of The House at Riverton today. I am so excited and thrilled to bits that so many people want to participate in this book club thingy! There is still time to get a copy, be it from your local library, Amazon or Alibris... so please join us! I am going to start a Flickr group where we can all post our inspired creations. What shall we call it? The Rabbit Muse Book Club? (Kind of dull.. help!)

9 comments:

mairedodd said...

i know it sounds scroogy and almost sacrilegious, but this year it will be such a relief to get past the holidays... i cannot handle the stress of it for some reason this year and am yearning for some me time, some creating time...
so i get you ~
how about the group having something to do with a hutch? work of the warren? right on time? (you know a play on the white rabbit's 'i'm late' - and you have a white rabbit)...
time for bed... getting punchy ~

Andrew Thornton said...

Looks like the pod people get around. I've been struck with such thoughts before, only to look back on the pieces with utter distaste. But we grow and change and aren't necessarily the same person from one minute to the next.

(Oddly enough I've had the happy feeling of making something that I thought was junk-pile-worthy only to discover years later that I had in fact stumbled upon something remarkable. If only there were more remarkable moments.)

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Yes, I have made beads I thought were awesome only to realize they weren't!

The end of the year is when my creative juices start flowing. When others are winding down, I'm gearing up - don't ask me why. I think my clock is set to a different time zone! LOL!

Look forward to seeing what your new designs are!

Cindy

bellajoya said...

How about the Beaders and Readers Book Club? (If it's horrible, please tell me, sometimes I don't have the objectivness that you do!)

peacockfairy said...

I hear ya Nancy - while I am excited about the holidays, I will be glad when they are over too. I am very motivated to get some stuff done in January - I just hope the motivation is still there when it's all said and done.

I can totally relate to changing your tune about a piece you once loved too - and totally agree how odd it is when it comes to what sells at shows!

peacockfairy said...

BTW - where are those gorgeous dragonflies going?

spiritedearth said...

everyone i talk to about the holidays is in the "let's get this over with " mood..
i'm running my last kiln and totaly exhausted..and still have to make my own holiday preparations..so not feelin' it.

Adventures with Millie Making Jewelry said...

Gorgeous butterflies! I too am glad that the holidays are nearly over...thought I was the only one. Happy New Year!

Adventures with Millie Making Jewelry said...

Ooops! I meant to type dragonflys...at least I got the "gorgeous" part right!