I seem to take a lot of breaks. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to work on things (who doesn’t like cuddling on the couch with their spouse, working their way through a Netflix series, or doing something new or random to refresh one’s batteries?). Sometimes I’m working out how I want to even proceed (depending on how I decide to finish a drawing, I have to use different supplies entirely, so all progress is halted until I decide). I also deal regularly with fairly crippling depression and anxiety, so hobbies are something very far from my mind (it doesn’t help, no… I’d rather just get out and hike/walk or not think at all about anything).
Looking back over various social media, I see a lot of halted progress and breaks. Instead of kicking myself for them and not getting things done, I just try to decide whether or not the break has helped. In most cases, it does. If I push through and “just do it,” the results are frustrating. The process is annoying, there is an underlying tension that shows through, and all enjoyment just gets sucked out of something I love making me question why I bother doing it if I wasn’t enjoying it? I mean, this is a hobby. This isn’t a job. And I never want to be in a place like I was, where I end up hating something I loved so much (since childhood) that I think I’ll never do it again.
Now, there is something to be said about that mindset of just pushing on and working on something regardless. Sometimes. I’ve spent a lot of my life working on things. A lot. I produced artwork left and right to the point where I realized quality was going downhill. I also have mentioned I don’t have a lot of space. So if I make something, it’s going to count. I guess I’ve reached an age where I find myself thinking, “You know? This isn’t that important right now. Save it for when I’m in the mood to have fun with it.” It doesn’t help that I’m way too easily distracted — tons of ideas that all scream for attention at the same time… and that’s not mentioning the fact that I have way too many interests/hobbies.
Recently, I tried working on a drawing of Fili. I found myself getting agitated due to other things on my mind. Gouging into the paper. A break helped me get out of whatever annoyed mood I’d been in. Now, I need to transfer the sketch lines to a clean sheet of paper so I can continue, and as mentioned above I’m currently torn as to how to finish it. Ink or pencil? I use different paper for each, so I’m not going near it until I decide (and of course I’m flip-flopping constantly heheh). I’m trying not to work on anything else in my in-progress pile as I’d like to make myself finish it first.
Collecting reference photos and research for another project I’m hoping to work on soon is helpful, though. It needs to be done. So that’s been the focus to keep me feeling like I’m making some sort of progress. And there is another reason I’m feeling distracted again…
I was contacted recently about something very cool that could possibly happen this autumn. I’m not going into detail what it’s about right now — and it’s also not for sure just yet. Keep those fingers crossed for me that I make it through the final decision in late July or August though! Needless to say, I’m very excited and having a hard time forgetting about it and just patiently waiting it out. Gah. This is going to be hard. And of course, I’m nervous I’ll hear something sooner that would mean I didn’t make it to the final part. It would be disappointing, of course, but just being considered… well… I’ll write about that more when the time comes. 😉
This morning, I pulled out some of my in-progress drawings and laid them out to take a fun photo. It was a little difficult to find enough drawings though. For some reason I thought I had a lot more in-progress things. Not everything is on a single page to be spread out like that though… some of them are still crammed in the sketchbook and in very early stages of planning. Still, it was good to look through and tell myself it’s not as bad as it seems how far behind I’ve gotten. Hopefully I can keep new projects to a minimum and make the in-progress pile get a little smaller over time.
And then, maybe they’ll be part of the “need to be framed or put away in that new portfolio I still need to buy” pile. 😉
And just in case anyone is wondering, no… I’m not finished being a costumer. Due to some health issues, I’ve gained a little weight and refuse to start from scratch. I need to get things under control again, so once I can comfortably wear my old costumes I will add that back into the mix. Honestly, thinking too much about it is adding to the frustration and that doesn’t help at all (I’ve always been pretty fit and active, and not being able to do the things I once did has really gotten me down). So if it seems like I’m ignoring my costuming/sewing hobby… yeah, I kind of am for good reasons. First things first, all in good time. Bit by bit. Etc, etc. 🙂