It’s about time

So I’m still trying to grind out this lizard and frog project (see my previous post).  And I am coming up against an old adversary.  Time.  It sent me into paroxysms of anxiety last night.  Don’t get me wrong, no one is putting the pressure on me, I am doing a very good job of that myself.  It’s just that I am embarrassed to be taking so long on a project that seemed so simple at the beginning.

I’ve been humming Boy George for the last few days (yes, I just dated myself…big deal).  His song “Time” seems kinda a propos right now.  As I hummed I thought about how I deal with the concept of time when I need to drive somewhere by a certain time.  I live in the Baltimore area and I don’t always have control over what traffic patterns are doing. (okay, I never have control, but that’s another issue).  So I give myself some extra time to get there and then I say to myself  “I’ll get there when I get there”.  Profound, right?

The profundity hit me when I realized that I need to do the same thing with my artwork.  A project can’t be rushed.  Well, it can, but it will show up in the quality (or lack thereof) of the work.  The truth is that some days there is a backup on the beltway of my creativity.  I know where I want to get to, I just can’t seem to get around the slower vehicles.  It’s frustrating as hell, unless I just remind myself to sit back, breathe and let it happen.  Often what helps is to take a break for a while, or even for a day or so.

Here’s the question:  Where does the need for a deadline (to light the fire under my butt) mesh with the need to allow a project to move in its own time?  How can I remember to add the time involved for just sitting and working out the solution to a design problem?  Okay, that’s two questions.  But I’m curious if anyone else has any ideas or thoughts about time in the creative process.  Because I don’t seem to have the answer.  And I’m tired of waking up at 2:30 a.m. worrying about it.

4 thoughts on “It’s about time

  1. I’ve got a similar project underway, a soapstone raven carving with way to many feathers…
    Focus and persistence is all well and fine, and sometimes it just needs to be put on the back bench for awhile! Hang in there and/or let go…

    1. Thanks! I am hanging in there, I am determined to get them done. It just may take a little longer than I’d like.
      Good luck with your feathers! Do it little bits at a time and then it doesn’t feel like such a big project.

  2. No clues really but it is actually an issue with blogging too. I want to read blogs and respond to people but the more I do that , the less time I have to do my own blog creations. Finding a balance is tricky. Hide watches and calendars?

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