Nov 9, 2012

True Craft Confession

And here we are.

I wrote a whiney post earlier about being tired of making crap and sharing tutorials and now I'm thinking...well...get the hell over it, Madge.

Pick a new direction and move boldly forward.



I made this encaustic collage two years ago for a design challenge. I put a lot of love into this.  I found it yesterday in a file and did some clean up of the photo.  This is one of my favorite things I've ever made.  It didn't get a lot of love.  But you know what, art shouldn't be about getting comments  or re-Tweets or Pins or pats on the back.  Art should be about making things you love.

And life should be about doing what you love.  Because if you don't love it, it shows.


Love
Madge


7 comments:

Beatrice, Bea, Bibi--That's me! said...

Your work is always beautiful, but as a change, maybe it WOULD be enough of a change to either do a tutorial (see if you really like it) or just do something you WANT to do, instead of what is current or just take a rest from it all for a little while....do whatever it is you love. :)

Margot Potter said...

That's the plan, because if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!

It's my job to make things and share tutorials, I'm just hitting a wall. This too, shall pass.

Cheers,
Madge

Elizabeth Beads said...

Margot, maybe you just need a break. You make such pretty things, but if it isn't fun any more, it is fine to stop. After a break you can reevaluate. Maybe choose one thing you love and focus on it, instead of trying to do it all. Take some of the pressure off, stop selling it for a while and just do it for the joy. Liz

Margot Potter said...

It's how I pay the bills, so I can't really stop right now. I will find my way to the other side of the funk.

Just thinking out loud!

Cheers,
Madge

TesoriTrovati said...

Totally on the same page with you, Miss Madge. Maybe even in the same vee-hick-el. It has been days since I was in my studio. Maybe even a week. And I was in there last night furiously trying to crank out brilliance by the glow of an OTT Light. There are two more projects and materials just waiting for me. And the deadline for getting the initial pictures in is...today. I hope that means I have until 11:59pm CST! Because I have a full day of my job ahead of me and then an event at the Gallery my work is at that I just found out about. This 9-midnight gig (lately more like 1am or 2am) is really taking its toll on me. And I look up and realize that I haven't made anything that I want to make in a really long time. I have been taking classes for years and I would love to set up my studio to explore those things, but I can't get off this hamster wheel I have willingly jumped on. I feel like I am losing a bit of myself. The only thing that makes me really happy and excited are my blog challenges and the teaching that I did at the Inspired by Nature retreat and it reminds me that I really, really want to write a book, have all the ideas, even some of the supplies but I won't start a proposal unless I know I can commit. And right now with my insane schedule I can't commit. So here I sit, late at night, toiling on orders and such, but not really feeling it. Maybe I just need a swift kick in my bead encrusted behind to get back on track. Or maybe I need to bug out and just get off some outside schedule and create what I feel. Sorry to be a raving lunatic over here, but I think you hit a nerve. So thanks... for helping me to stop and really think. Enjoy the day, Miss Madge. Erin

Margot Potter said...

Erin that is it, exactly! It's funny, we picked a career that allowed us to do what we love...but somewhere along the way it shifted.

And not loving what we do affects our joy and our creativity.

Sometimes we just have to shift it back on track and that requires making some hard choices.

If you ever need a shoulder or an ear, I'm here my friend!

Love
Madge

Fancyfangs-13 said...

Margot, sorry that you didnt get alot of love for that work, it is awesome! I think it is very important for any creative person to step out of their routine comfort-zone & grow themselves. Sounds like that is what you are doing, it may be hard & mentally rough at times but still it will be awesome in the end! Cuz you are; yup I am gonna say it; AWESOME!