I am beginning to feel that things are starting to come together for me creatively. I took a lot of classes last year and then had trouble using some of the new skills. It’s like it was too much in too little time and I needed more time to digest, to let things percolate and simmer.
Or if I did use a new technique, it felt compartmentalized in my head and I didn’t use it with other techniques. Like – oh I’m off to work with tin, so I have to make a tin piece. Just tin. It wouldn’t also have enamel or etching or whatever.
I think it is starting to sort itself out now. One thing that has helped me is learning to not get so nervous or anxious when I run into a problem. Working with new stuff, you are going to run into problems, break stuff, ruin stuff, have mini disasters. I have learned to calm down about it and look at it as a problem to be solved. Instead of being so anxious, I spend time figuring out what to do next, what to try, how to attack it differently.
And the techniques are starting to come together. Like food on a plate that previously didn’t want to touch, they are actually deciding that being soup or salad might be a good idea. I’m starting to use some of the stuff I bought and then didn’t know what to do with it. I don’t mind having stuff if I use it. Stuff that sits around and collects dust, different story. In fact, if there was a theme to this year for me, it is the year of using what I have and taking it as far as I can. And getting some of that soup served up.