I'm in one of those modes where I have a million ideas for what I want to do and none seem to be happening.
Stop. Drop. Roll.
Jokes aside, this is not productive in any way when I have a million things to finish. In a way I'm taking that old motto and sizing it to my situation.
Stop: Free the mind of chatter.
Drop: Let go of intangibles until what is in front of me is finished.
Roll: Push on through.
I'm at the point with a dozen dolls where I need to move onto finishing detail work and then costumes. I am spinning and dying fiber to clear my head. It's productive and soothing, yet, at the same time, I'm not getting the stuff done I need to. There is a fear of completion that I struggle within the work. I see it for what it is now and am trying to not feed that aspect. So many of my dolls already have homes with people that I know will cherish them. This happened with my oil painting too. I would never say "finished" even when I sold a piece. I think this is a way to not take responsibility for the work in case it is criticized.
As with my paintings and yarn, I love my dolls. They are unique and have a presence that is tangible. This kind of stagnation born of fear simply must be released. By saying this in public I hold my words up like a mirror to myself and the world.
If you feel lost, then take a minute to look around and really see where you are.
I see my dollery and the beautiful world I've created.
Confessions from a doll maker,