When I’m creatively blocked, feeling restless and dried up, I need to make myself busy. Chores are OK, they’re always there, looming and threatening to engulf me into a squalid abyss. Sometimes I cave in and attack one, but I prefer a more creative outlet that will hopefully unblock and free me from the drudgery of housekeeping that uses up so much of the energy better spent in other ways.
I decide to take inventory of my stash (beads, wire, etc.). That might ignite some sort of creative spark. Sometimes an idea will materialize that way. It didn’t work. I could look through some jewelry books and magazines? That thought just made me afraid. In my desperation, I could inadvertantly copy someone else’s design!
I’ve got it! I’ll look through all the things I’ve listed in my Artfire shop that haven’t sold yet and evaluate them for design and image quality. That opened up a can of worms! I know I’m very critical of my own work, but these older photos looked really bad to me now. In retrospect, some of my earlier pieces seemed so poorly designed. I wanted to take them all off my shop and had to restrain myself. I remembered that on occasion, I do sell some piece I had forgotten about or labeled as ” unworthy”. I held myself back a little and only “deactivated” a few jewelry items to redo. Some pieces really just needed better photos to bring out the details and color.
That made me feel better but now I have another problem. I have too many jewelry pieces to redo or photograph and I actually have an idea for something new!