Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Too Much

I've been under stress and listless today, feeling tired but under pressure too. After some thought I conclude that this is down to not having clear goals for the day. When I used to develop computer games I'd make a plan for the month, then a plan for each week, then for each day, and stick to the plans irrespective of how I felt. My "feelings" were to complete the plan. Doing anything not on the plan caused stress. It was that simple.

Recently I've been more loose regarding time management, and art is different to the computer work I knew so well in that the time and effort involved in a particular job is more difficult to predict. Today I wanted to plan a picture but stopped half way, deciding to start on another which I thought was more impressive. Then I decided to do something else, then a bit of something else. Nothing was finished adequately and I ended up feeling tired and frustrated.

As a result of today I'll re-examine my goals for November. Some good solid goals are needed.


John Salmon said...

I know how you feel Mark. Unfortunately I find painting can't be scheduled. I can't turn my creative side on and off. I have to wait till the time is right and then make the most of it while I can. I can always tell when I've been labouring with a painting, it lacks spontaniety and "sparkle".

Kathy said...

I've been there, too. Indecision. Sometimes you just need to take time to think and find inspiration. One of the problems is rushing just for the sake of it. Go to a museum, read an art book, immerse yourself in artful toughts and eventually you'll find inspiration. Most of all - enjoy!

Mark Sheeky said...

You're both right! Thank you! Sometimes it's better to wait for one idea to grow before releasing the "idea pressure" too early... one great volcano beats ten weak little spurts! To relax I listened to Kate Bush and a song called Full House... the words seemed to indicate that she felt the same.