It's the 15th so it's time to check in on our Big Dream projects!
What happens to your creative pursuits in the summer? Do they take a vacation while you recharge with family, friends and summer activities? For me summer (and especially August) is a bad allergy time and often that’s when I am most productive. But I know that my situation is not normal. (I am never normal.) The number of people linking up or commenting about their own Big Dream projects was down last month. I think it’s simply the phenomenon of summer vacation. Vacation is good! We all need to take a break from life and art periodically.
Thinking about taking art breaks also got me to thinking about creative block. Because what is creative block except a non-voluntary break from creating art? Are you having creative block from working on or tackling your Big Dream project? Check out this article for some great tips on dealing with creative block and see if one of them might work for you.
My big dream project is on a bit of hiatus but it not a creative block.
It’s actually hit a brick wall!
I have been trying to get a brick mason here for over a year to re-point our front steps and fix this crack in the wall. I had one mason come out a year ago and assess everything but he never called about doing the work. He told me that this wasn’t a big deal and could be easily fixed. The new guy (who I believe is actually going to DO the work) isn’t as confident. He wants a structural person to come look at it. That’s no problem except that the other side of this is my mosaic wall! I’ve decided that I will not work on the wall any more until I know for sure. I’ve accepted that there’s a chance that I may have to redo some of the wall and I’m OK with that. But I will wait to see what the experts say before proceeding.
Meanwhile I did finish a new symmetry quilt and the only thing I can share about it is the label. But that little project has inspired a larger project based on the same block.
So my other Big Dream is still alive and I’ll work on this for a while as I wait on the verdict on the wall.
I hope you are working on or starting your own Big Dream project. It is absolutely worth the time to do it. Break through whatever wall is stopping you and just go for it!