It's crazy that we're just a few days away from March already. And that it's 2019. I still can't get used to writing 2019 anywhere yet. The month of January was super slow in terms of creativity. It's as if I couldn't focus in any one direction. In February, I started penning down some thoughts and ideas of where I wanted this year to go and the past couple of weeks have been the rocky start of my journey.
There's something so intimidating yet exciting about the beginning of each year. Even if we don't believe in resolutions, some of us subconsciously feel like it could be a new beginning of a new chapter. It is the start of a new year after all. I fall prey to it every time, and end up spending around 1-2 months planning out everything. All that goes to s*@% by the time we hit Spring or Summer at the latest. This year wasn't any different. The only thing that I could give myself credit for is putting an end to it earlier than usual. Even if it was just be a couple of weeks. :)
There was something that I read a few years ago that has lit a fire in my belly ever since. Here is how it goes: There was this ceramics instructor. He divided his class in half and instructed one half to create as many vessels as they possibly could until the end of semester. He instructed the other half to think and ponder over how they would create the absolute best vessel and then have it ready by the end of semester.
By the end of the semester, which half of the class do you feel ended up actually creating the absolute best vessel possible? I have tried to apply this to my work ever since. There are some artworks that end up being complete garbage which I then revisit when I'm ready and there are some that I feel take me to the next level. And that feeling of moving up in my own eyes is unbeatable.
There are a few artworks I feel did that for me in the past few years. Milestones. Here's to all of them and excited to hit my next one. This year hopefully.
For now, here's a piece I recently completed. It's moody and mauve.