I used to say that to my children when they were little and whining at me throughout a store for me to buy them whatever was the latest and greatest fad. Over my shoulder I’d say “What does whining get you?” and wait for their sometimes whiny response – “nothing”.
I recently began mosaicing again after a three year hiatus, (that hurts just to write that, I thought it was just two.) I won’t bore you with all my reasons and excuses, suffice it to say, I’m aware of them and am going to work hard to not let that happen again.
I recently heard myself whining about not having enough time to begin to mosaic again and some kind friends just said “let it go” and “just start”. I took some time to pause and reflect and remembered that whining brings nothing to the table and that I better start practicing what I had so long ago preached. I also really wanted to have some new work in the Women Sharing Art, Inc. show of which I am a member. And I had about three weeks to make that happen. Oy…
A lot of changes were occurring in my life when I first started making this mosaic. I was overwhelmed with perceived obligations and responsibilities. I pushed them all out of the way and began thinking about the people and relationships and the creative energy in my life and how they are interconnected and interwoven, each affecting and influencing the other, realizing that sometimes I want separations or boundaries and what do they look like and feel like.
The sketch began taking shape. I created some rules about making this mosaic: I had to use the materials I already had, I couldn’t buy any thing, I had to work it out with what I had; I wouldn’t let myself think too much about the patterns I was creating within the circles, I just had to do it as I didn’t have time to overthink, ponder or worry about a direction I may want to take. Time was running out! So I knew I had some circles and intersecting lines and I kind of knew where I wanted the yellow pieces. And, it had to be big and red as we had agreed to make something big and red for our show Make it BIG – Make it RED.
Then I started using those tiny little yellow pieces, I’m thinking Libby, you need to work bigger because it’s going to take a looooong time to fill up a 27″ by 22″ space if you’re using tiny little yellow pieces that are about 1/8″. I carried on.
Thank God for the snowstorm that hit the week before the mosaic was due. I hunkered down and spent the whole day and into the night working on Interconnected.
No more whining, just doing. Look what happened when I stopped whining…