I’ve been on such a roll with my “Ask the Art Professor” column and my videos that it was hard to change pace today and get back into my studio work this morning. I haven’t been in the studio for a while so my rhythm felt off and I was definitely having a tough time picking up from where I last left off. My schedule is so complicated that I rarely have the leisure to work on what I happen to feel like working on. When I get those precious moments when I’m alone in the sculpture studio I have to make the best of it, even if I don’t feel like it. Today was certainly one of those days.
I’m worried because I only have what’s left of March and all of April to work on these face sculptures. Then I may not be able to be back in the sculpture studio again until September because of complications in my schedule. That’s going to be four months away from the studio, which is a bit frightening to me. I may have to force myself to temporarily switch to a different media that I can do anywhere so I can keep myself creatively satiated during that period. What that might be, I have no idea.
I’ve also been having trouble because I’ve become really impatient recently with my work and how it’s progressing. I’m someone who really likes to see concrete growth and achievement, and lately that just hasn’t been happening. I feel like I invest so much time and effort into the work, and then I end up sending it into this big pit where no one sees or reacts to the work. Yes, I should take my own advice. Yes, I should quit whining and remind myself to push on, but that still doesn’t stop me from having these feelings. Amazing how hard it is to take your own advice.