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.