Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Case of Too Many or None At All

This is certainly not the first time nor will it be the last time I'm stuck in one of those discombobulated vortex . You know where your doing a lot of spinning and getting no where??

No that's not exactly true. I have managed to lay my work bench to waste. I have turquoise beads with rosary wire wraps sitting in one spot. A string of tiny light brown glass beads sitting in another spot. The tub of turquoise beads open over here, the garnet tub open over there, the red bead tub open. A patina heart with possible companion beads sitting in the center of the mess. The copper wire, no the bronze wire, maybe the copper wire with patina, oh gads what about cool patina brass chain!!!! Are you getting an idea of my dilemma ???? Let me spell it out. I am INDECISIVE!!!!! I can't make up my mind. I don't know what my problem is. It could be I'm working with a case of "divine vision" overload or it could be a "divine vision vacuum".

 Thus leaving me sitting in the dreaded artistic black hole. I feel like I'm standing in front of full refrigerator, with the door hanging open and can't find a darn thing to make a meal with!! 

 Oh man I hate when this happens. Thank God I don't have a deadline looming. It's been like this for 2 days and I'm getting a mite on the testy side. I finally just laid my pliers, wire and beads down and walked away from the work bench. When I'm done posting I'll start another vestlette. Maybe working in a different medium will help me to get focused???

I know I'm not the only one this happens to, I'm sure all of you kindred artists have experience this at least once, yes??? So what do you do when you are spinning out of control in a good ol case of creative indecision???? HELP any and all advice is more then welcomed!! 

The only thing I have managed to do was add a bit of patina to a Mexican Heart in Hand tin focal. You might have noticed it at the beginning of my post?? It was a focal from another necklace made with suede cord and beads. I had intended to use the necklace for Erin's blog challenge to remake a piece of jewelry, you know the ugly duckling into a swan. Great this will be perfect I said to myself as I was taking it apart and sharing part of the beads with Miguel. Oh Noooooooooo (yep they don't call me a blond dizz for nothing) I forgot to get the freaking before pictures! @#$+&*! 
Okay then I'll just be making this anyway It'll be a great new summer piece :) Luckily I did get a couple of after patina pictures. 


The hand is about 3 inches long and the heart is etched and raised. The flames from the sacred heart, fingers and nails are stamped. I annealed it with the torch flame to get some really pretty rainbow colors!! Then rusted the heart and added just a bit of verdigris on the flames and cuff stamps.


The Queen Of Patina Lives!!!!! ;)

Soooooo while I try patiently to wait for this art vacuum, to crack open

I hope you remember that now is always a perfect time to make a bit of art  p;)


stregata said...

Oh, I know that place, I'm in it often. My brain is whirling and I just can't focus on where to start, which vision to pull into being. Walking away from the bench is a good place to start. I like to pull out my "inspiration book", where I sketch out ideas and thoughts and collect inspirations. I also write down my frustrations. After I get them out, I feel better. And then start with a different piece...

SummersStudio said...

The hand with sacred heart is a pretty great piece and a good start to creativity. And, yes, you are not alone. I think we all go through this. Sometimes I take a total break from everything and do nothing at all except be lazy and read a book. Other times, I do repetitive mind numbing stuff and just let it flow from there. Sometimes, I even put everything away, clean up my mess (which always huge) and just walk away from it all. I suspect you may be like me where sometimes your mind is like a sparkler. When that happens I just have to let the sparks go out and then move on. Hugs, Pattie, it will all come back!

Off the Beadin' Path said...

I really started laughing as I read along and totally related to your frustrations! When you got to the part about forgetting the "before" picture I had to wipe my eyes!! Erin will appreciate it anyway. Interesting how you described the chaos and, suddenly, there's a fabulous piece of art!! Guess we have to remind ourselves, it's in there somewhere, and be patient. Maybe it would help to set a timer for 15 min. and just try to organize a smmmaalllll area. Go outside and breathe!

Tristan Robin said...

Been there - far too often for comfort!

The good news is when you least expect it, inspiration will strike, and you won't be able to be held back!

love the hand/heart!

Cindy said...

Hello Pattie!
I agree Tristan, I just bet out of the blue you will be struck with inspiration! We can all relate to you woes though. I absolutely love what you have done with the heart in hand - and I'm truly amazed. Indeed, the Patina Queen lives on! I have goodies for you, btw that I picked up at Bead Fest... we'll work on our swap when time allows. Just wanted you to know that I'm on board to do it! Have a great rest of your weekend! :-)

Deryn Mentock said...

So you DID find one of the hands? Good! I kept meaning to send you the pattern and didn't get to it. Love the patina you put to it!

pam q said...

Now you are starting to sound like me!!!!! heehee

I don't think I would know how to act if I wasn't indecisive......

But I have been working almost every night while here at my Mom's house...beading away in her quiet house....maybe a change of venue helps???

Yep. The Patina Queen lives!

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