It's interesting being an artist.
There are many romantic ideas surrounding the artist and her work.
She works because she is "inspired"…driven by a surge of creative power that only artists feel (myth). Creating something outside of herself, she is, at every moment, guided by that inspiration and knows exactly what to do, when and how. Almost as if she wasn't directing this whole thing herself, like it was the hand of some greater power……..
There are those moments of divine inspiration and they are grand.
But then there is the other 95% of the time, when doing what she set out to do is just her work. Hopefully, she has her vision nearby in her mind. So many distractions…mail to read (e-mail of course), walking the dogs, that pile of laundry that needs sorting, the newspaper she has delivered to her house and never has quite enough time to get to, the phone, Facebook and all, so many distractions.
Then she has her vision.
Sometimes the work takes so long she might lose sight of the final vision in her mind's eye. She just knows she has to slug through, get the day to day stuff finished, hold the pieces till the glue dries, spend what fells like endless hours tearing pieces of paper to get the just right edge.
She has to do it, even if she has lost sight of her precise vision of why. But then, the break through…things feel like they are coming together, like the close is at hand, like her idea, her inspiration is coming to life. She finishes and then she can reflect. Is this really where she intended to end? Is there more to do? What is her next step? Now she can decide.
You experience this too don't you?
It is common to many of us no matter what we do, what our chosen profession is. It is not just the inspiration (divine or otherwise)that gets us to do out work. It is also the personal dedication to getting all of this done, completed and finished. Just slugging through the tough stuff, the stuff that isn't so crystal clear all of the time. The stuff where you commit to just getting it done.
That is so much of the process. Just getting it done. Then you can breath and evaluate.
So the goal is to get to the breath…the place where you can evaluate, the place where you are finished!
Congratulations! You have done it.
Time to go out and make today your best day ever!
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