The Sweet and the Bittersweet

“The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting.”
John Cleese
Altered book, collage & acrylics, 2008. About 1 year into art journaling.

Altered book, collage & acrylics, 2008. About 1 year into art journaling.

Because reality dictates that I cannot work in every medium simultaneously, I juggle mediums.  When I stop doing THING ONE for a few weeks... then pick it up again later... my mind is always in a different space. There's a new approach informed by everything I've done in between. It's bittersweet. I often want to get back to the style of a few weeks earlier, but something is always lost. So it's a game of hopscotch. Or checkers.

This is one of the bittersweet things about working in multiple mediums. It is a game of diagonal progress. I don't want to lose my train of thought. It is so darned easy to drop those threads, to lose track, to forget.

And my tip-of-the-day is an anti-tip. Don't stop working on your art. Even a little bit of time each week matters. Because it helps you stay in the loop, to not forget what it's like. It helps you take your mind off the bad stuff and focus on the good stuff. So even slow and steady is better than a massive effort and then nothing at all. Work consistently - even a little bit on each project each week - to stay focused on the game, maintain a frame of reference, rein in those fragments of ideas that float around your mind each day. Look for pockets of time that you can use for art, even if you need to trade something else {like vacuuming the floors} for that art time.

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