The azaleas are probably blooming in Houston, but I still have a foot of snow in my front yard. Springtime in the Rockies is not as romantic as the song makes it sound. March is our snowiest month here in Colorado, but today I saw my first robin, so there is hope in my heart and lightness in my step. Today I finally organized my stones and beads from Tucson, and I had a rare, very special treat. I got to talk with my friend Noel in Madagascar. We were in Chile together, and this week I am happy because all my Chilean friends have been accounted for after the tragic earthquake of Sunday morning. Our hearts and prayers go out for all the victims and their families. Chile is an exquisitely beautiful country. Chileans are also very strong.
I have been so blessed this week. My husband safely returned from Australia, I spent yesterday with 2 jewelry friends, Maria Roditis and Heathyrre Kautz, I heard from John in Arkansas (he liked the stones I picked out for him in Tucson) and I am getting ready to make my first piece of jewelry with my new stones. Mary called from Albuquerque, it is such an inspiration when we talk, and Kathleen will be here tomorrow. Life is good.
So now I’m sitting down to my bench. I am surrounded with inspirational stones and gems My space music is playing softly in the background, I have pinon incense to remind me of Santa Fe. I am totally BLANK. Nothing comes to mind. Nada. Zilch. All dressed up and no where to go. As I have bought my stones I have images in my mind of what they will become. I should draw them out at that moment of inspiration. So here I sit… contemplating my bench pin. Nothing comes to mind. Ok, I’ll sort my sand paper. That being done, I return to my bench. Nothing. OK, I’ll straighten my pliers drawer. That should take some time! Finished with that, I return to my bench. Nope. Oh, I know, that new package of Girl Scout cookies will inspire me, so I traipse off to the kitchen, and eat a box of Thin Mints (horrors!) and a glass of milk, and think of Chile and my best friends Maria, Noel, and Diana, and the hours we spent in Starbucks instead of making jewelry like we planned. Some things never change.
Does this ever happen to you? I should be getting ready for the summer festivals. I want really wonderful pieces, but nothing comes. No bolt of inspiration has hit me. But, I know The Answer. I just have to do it. That’s the hard part. Doing it. But try. I promise it works.
Here is The Secret: Nothing begats creativity like creativity. I choose one stone, set a bezel on a square sheet of sterling. It’s a start. From that I play with the shapes and soon I’m cutting out a shape, filing and sanding. Keeping my hands and mind busy is Part I of The Secret. Part II is “Don’t over think the process….just BEGIN and it will come to you”. “Ask for the switch to be turned on”, as Julia Cameron says in “The Artist’s Way” . I don’t know why I beat my head against my bench trying to force a design, when if I just start, it will come. Procrastination is the biggest enemy of creativity, and we all procrastinate. We give the excuses of “I can’t make jewelry until I have (choose one) A. a new stone, sawblades, etc B. a new bench, C. a whole new studio. We all have our procrastination demons. If you just start, you don’t have to even know where you are going, but your creative side will overcome the procrastination demon.
Try it. You have nothing to lose, and the world to gain once you conquer procrastination. Let me know how it works for you.
Sorry I have to go, I need to finish polishing my new piece.
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