Out of Focus!
I'm feeling out of focus!
I have set aside my 2 metre project as an ongoing experiment sheet and not yet started my next THING. in fact, I don't even know WHAT that thing is!
I have had several distractions in my life recently, including a wonderful arty trip to London. I thought this would inspire me.
I am loving being in the Connected Artist membership, run by Alice Sheridan, and I am getting a huge amount out of it...and if I'm honest, I know I've been coasting it for the past two weeks.
I have a commission in process, but until a couple of days ago, we were still undecided on what the final outcome would be, so I have been paused on that too. (I'm now going again and already close to finishing, which is exciting, AND what next?)
Nothing has sparked my energy. I'm feeling sluggish and a bit low. And that's ok. It's important to acknowledge that, to accept that this is part of the ebb and flow of my creative life. This too will pass.
I also know that the best thing I can do is to keep turning up at the page, be working and ready for a project or a series to tap me on the shoulder and ask to work with me.
And on the subject of focus, when I was in Tate Modern the other week, one of my favourite experiences was standing in front of a VAST Cy Twombley painting, so it filled my field of vision and then consciously letting of my focus, allowing my eyes to relax and my imagination to swim in the painting. Then I refocused and saw new layers, new details I had not noticed before. I feel there is a lesson in this for me. I can chose to let go of my focus, to allow my imagination to swim freely, then refocus and find something new.
Deep huh?! See? Art just keeps giving me life lessons! How I experience art, in so many different ways, gives me new ways to experience other areas of my life, to explore and navigate my own way.