I've been working on this post for months but got caught up with other priorities. 8 months later, I'm glad this was saved on the draft folder. So, without further ado. Here goes!
I don't produce art dolls every single month. Working feverishly to make money isn't fun, it becomes a physical necessity. I create art dolls out of my passion for art/sculpting. When I begin a creative task, I make sure I'm fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of an activity that is perfectly suited to my current skill level. Tsk, not too easy so as to be boring, not so hard so as to be frustrating *here's staring at ya with one eyebrow up*. I think focus has a natural rhythm. Just as my body knows when I need sleep. And boy do I need at least 8 hours of glorious z's to keep me chugging like the little engine could the next day, or else, I would feel outrageously sluggish, lazy and forgetful. And trust me, too many little accidents happen!
Okay, let’s get straight into this whole idea of craft, shall we? What is it, and why is it worth pursuing? My own thought on an art form, like a clay figure, is that it is more a honed skill, style or application, than a tangible object. Being kept motivated through constant growth and improvement, is the very essence of what craft is about. And yet, often one’s ability to work on a craft can get swallowed up by the other things that take up your life---- Your day job, children, pets, chores, home projects and trips or the plain ole procrastination bug---- all this and more can all get in the way of the focus that your craft truly deserves. You might even dump your craft when you think it’s not going anywhere, or that you feel you are not talented enough, or that you have momentarily lost enthusiasm. It’s simply down to me or you to develop and nurture it over time. Being an accomplished sculptor doesn't happen overnight. It takes time, knowledge and motivation to reach that level of recognition. But yet, hey, in reality, we always have to put work aside to savor life to the fullest, be with family, to live a little. I couldn't disagree more. So, yes, 'life outside work' always seemed to win.
Let's simplify this and get right to the point. As I go on learning and working on a figure, the more mistakes I made, the more I learn from them and know how to tackle that challenge in the future. Making mistakes is one of the most important elements of developing craft. Craft is effectively the culmination of making many mistakes that have guided me along the way. So, the more I learn, the more I can teach others who just started, the more I hone my craft, the more I will stand out of my career in sculpting. The more I value myself as a artist, but through many successful hands on experience, the more potential to increase the value of my art dolls, well, someday. So, TIME is my best friend. I shouldn't forget that the journey IS the reward in the end.