Monday, December 5, 2011

Time to Reflect

After non-stop 'production' work for most of this year -- after creating for self-imposed deadlines over the past three years -- I take a pause to reflect.

Is it because my whole life has been a series of 'due dates' that my mind thinks this pattern must continue.  Am I addicted to creating something that will be shown, exhibited or sold?  Is it possible for my can-do personality to create for art's sake alone?

These are the questions I've been asking myself.  As I finish up what has been fun, but demanding, thoughts of purely 'me' designs that I could develop fill my head with possibility. 

Is it possible for a person such as myself to be working on several totally different designs at the same time?  Is it possible for me not to say 'I want to finish this in a week, or a day or a month' but to let the work flow at its own speed?  Is it possible for me to turn the whole thing over to the inner me, instead of the outer me (since that outer shell seems to demand a 'schedule')?  Will I be able to relax and 'go with the flow' - no destination, no time line - lots of exploration, relaxed creativity, starting and stopping with no clock nor calendar to guide me? 

Stay tuned - and to anyone who has overcome this 'compulsion' thing I welcome any and all support and suggestions *smile*.

"Art for art's sake...it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity." - E. M. Forster


  1. I am like that as well. For me though it is a race to finish something before the inspiration for it dies and it grow into the next idea.

  2. realx. make a cuppa tea. :0)
    I can really relate to this post! I feel like I am making a lot of demands on myself lately and need to relax and just have fun w/ all these crafts. hugs!

  3. this is to be recognised so well..

    I couldn't so my body did it for me, and after some time I was happy to be unable to work on schedule.

  4. I do hope you manage to work without deadlines for a while. Perhaps you need to learn to play?

  5. This is a beautiful post, Penny. Time to create, just for creating is a gift that we should all indulge ourselves in.. My wish is that you are blessed with time to create, and with the courage to resist imposing deadlines on yourself, for as long as you need to!! ox



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