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16 December 2004 @ 09:55 pm
artistic trades  
i've been making more christmas cards tonight and i am dying to make an art journal {or continue on with the ones i've started, at least}.

le sigh. i almost can't wait for christmas to be over, just to have time to work on other things again. i fall into new ideas too quickly and i want to do everything and it's my own fault i get stressed out, because i am too impatient to give things time. sometimes i think that if i chose a couple of things to focus on, i could be really good at something. instead i go from idea to idea, finding new obsessions that peak and fade in a cycle. one day i want to have a great zine distro filled with creative works from other people; the next i want to collage and cut & paste and drown in colour as books become works of visual art; and then i want to hone in on learning photoshop properly and taking photos of everything, snap snap snap. my room is filled with beads, scrapbooking papers, cardmaking items, cameras, pens, ideas for collages and mail art and special pages. i thought i wanted to learn candle making {and still do} but i'm beginning to think i need to focus for a little while, just for a change.

does everyone go through this? i am creative but i am lazy; i wonder what might happen if i actually gave these things the time and effort they need to be really good. my writing tutor says my course is off to a strong start, but have i written anything more since august? no. i can't seem to just stick to one thing and learn all there is to know about it.

jack of all trades, master of none. writing, colour, collage, books, beads, candles, photos, scents, and is there any way to combine all of those together?

as always, i need sleep. nevermind; this doesn't make sense, even to me.
goodnight, goodnight.

.   jupiter   .snowcherries_ on December 16th, 2004 11:47 am (UTC)
your imagination is so inspiring to me.
i so look forward to reading your journal entrys, they make me smile and hearing about your room filled with crazy art supplies makes my hands itch to make something.
i think that you are great, and the fact that you start new things so much and are constantly coming up with new exciting ideas just shows how much you have to give.

you are wonderful darling!!!!!
pouringpouring on December 16th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)
remember to breatheturtles_path on December 16th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
"does everyone go through this? i am creative but i am lazy; i wonder what might happen if i actually gave these things the time and effort they need to be really good."

it makes perfect sense to me! i'm the same way, except i don't take nearly enough of my ideas to the next level of actually beginning them as you do.

better you try and figure out where the passion really lays rather than let the ideas fade into the darkness, yes?

just the same, how do we learn and practice patience within our creative drives? take the first thing that inspiration pops into our head tonight (or whenever you sit down to create again) and see it through... lets put our heads together and figure it out!

my friend sent me a picture of a tee shirt. it says: "change is good... you go first!" ;P
The most fantastic of all muppets in the landfantasticmuppet on December 16th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
haha! i am the same way. you should see my craft room. i get into far too many things, and i'm like you -- i feel like i should concentrate on one or two. but, no -- i find something new and fun and interesting to try, and supplies pile up and i never have time for any of it!
Miss Worldbrokenbabydoll on December 16th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'm that way too. I knit, collage, sew, draw, paint, make beaded jewelry, take photographs, write... and I want to learn to crochet and make soaps. I was also thinking of learning to play an instrument, but I know it would take a lot of time and discipline that I'm not sure I could give ^.^ My problem is that I get stuck on one at a time and have ideas about all the other things I could be doing. If I put something down, It's hard to tell if I'll pick it up again anytime soon!
dangerous & sad-hearted blonde: butterfly dayemmica on December 16th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
oh, i'm the same; i can't focus on anything long enough. i got a 1/3 finished novel, a sketchbook i haven't used since september; an art journal in and out of use... right now i'm trying to focus on reading&doing textile homework but i have a whole pile of books i want to read and get sick on the book i'm meant to read but can't bring myself to read those other books and so i end up doing nothing. woo.

i'm planning on shaping up in 2005 though, and learn to play an instrument and get everything together. and reply to your letter! :x
right, one step at a time. now i'm inspired to do something... <3
Brittany @->->-: dark fairiebriarspell on December 16th, 2004 03:02 pm (UTC)
man, i am EXACTLY the same way.
it's quite horrendous. i don't know how to fix it.
i just get so inspired! i have to drop whatever i'm working on at the time and start something totally new. ah!
what to do, what to do?!
jennie.: i cut bits of paper to send youluminously on December 16th, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC)
i am creative but i am lazy.

hello, that is SO me.
Meganlivingyears on December 16th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)
creative but lazy.
oh yes, honey.
I lack what they call motivation. ;)

HUGS and KISSES sent your way!
jessica: underwaterthingsea__secret on December 16th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
oh goodness darling... do i EVER understand this.

a is for the ache in achilles: luxe for lifeturnedoffneon on December 16th, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC)
yes, i seem to do a bit of everything too, and not be particularly talented in one direction either way.

i don't know how the problem should be fixed. but i'll let you know if i find out. xo.
(no subject) - bellbottom on December 16th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
foxglovedfoxgloved on December 16th, 2004 10:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, reading your entry and the comments made me feel so much less alone in this. I am constantly starting new things and never finishing. Or wanting to start things but never getting around to it. My novel, reading, zines... there are more, but I can't think of them.
robin: would you love me thenbruised on December 17th, 2004 04:55 am (UTC)
where do you find all of this creative inspirational energy??
krystallos on December 18th, 2004 12:53 am (UTC)
i sometimes get overwhelmed at the thought that i'm totally a jack of all trades. argh.

anyway, *HUGS*
Roslynroslyn on December 18th, 2004 01:56 am (UTC)
I am in awe of your creative energy... if you're lazy I don't know what that makes me. :/