(Feelin' Loon-ey -- colored pencil on color fix paper)
If I were a flower, I'd be a biennial.
Really. It seems like every two years or so, dissatisfaction sets in and I become very self critical. In the process, I will often quit whatever "arty" mode I'm in, not do ANYTHING for quite a while, then slowly start back.
TWO years are here now.
The Everyday Matters Group has been discussing "slumps" for the past few weeks, and it seems that a lot of people are experiencing the same problem. On the advice of several people, I bought Walking In This World by Julia Cameron (of Artist's Way fame) and am reading it. I've revolted and am NOT doing morning pages -- tried them before and they just don't work for me, but the book itself is a really good read. I've gotten loads of other helpful advice, and it REALLY IS helpful -- work smaller (like the example above, which is maybe 4"x6", or a tad smaller), change up mediums for a bit, try totally different subject matters, etc.
I'm trying all of them, but the best, most straightforward piece of advice may have come from Casey, who wrote:
"... As far as I can tell, there's no miracle cure except to keep slogging away -- one day it's over, and your work has improved all at once. If you stop working the game's over, at least for a while."
I think she's onto something BIG there. Maybe she should write a book, and title it "Slogging Away in This World" ...
:-) Thanks Casey!
And then there's the whole synchronicity thing ...