Archive for November, 2008

75% Persperation, 25% Procrastination

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

I’d claim it’s apt for me to write a post about procrastination, considering how long it has been since my last blog post, but really, the blog wasn’t the catalyst for this post. As is often the case I wanted to reflect on this topic based upon some new art of mine. Below you’ll see a sculpture I started over 2 years ago. A piece that has been sitting in plain sight all along, as well as reserving its own space on numerous todo lists I created over those years.

Shelde's Charlie sculpture

It is a work that when I started it, I was enamored with how it was proceeding. I was so proud and muscled through about 75% of the piece. Then the problems. I was concerned about finishing, concerned that I would ruin what I already had in front of me if I tried to do the remaining portions of the piece. I didn’t feel like I knew HOW to do the details I hadn’t gotten to yet. So, the piece languished. It took a permanent residence on my only large-scale sculpture stand, taking up a piece of equipment that I needed if I wanted to make more sculptures.

When I returned to it recently. I did so with a different outlook. I held resentment to the piece. I still enjoyed the concept of it and thought it was decent, but I wanted it behind me. No longer was I afraid of proceeding in a way that could ruin the figure. I just wanted to be done so that I could move on. If I completed it I could start my next piece and learn more to make better works. In short, I wanted control back.

I think that is the bottom line of procrastination. Being in control of what you want to do. Being able to stick to a list of goals or tasks, and being able to follow through. I’m experimenting currently with setting personal deadlines for my artistic hobbies, but often find it difficult to measure how I go about smaller tasks, like sketching, and how I can approximate how long something like a sculpture will take when it isn’t the only item on my list. I’m curios if, for those of you who read this blog, what methods you use to keep organized, and keep from letting projects go by the wayside? Do you complete everything you start, or do you dump things that have sat around too long or lost your interest? Feel free to contribute your input in the comments.

Also, saddly after taking pictures of the sculpt and 2/3rds through this post… the stand that I put this on broke. The sculpture is now once again balancing on my sculpture stand, waiting for me to connect it to a better stand so it won’t fall over. Hopefully I’ll get to that soon, and not let another year pass me by on this.