I with my ADHD multi-tasking mentality used to take some comfort in that (mis)quote. But now that I wish to sell as well as make art I have found that some of the people who sell very well are also very consistent. Usually they fully explore a color, clay or technique to the end of the line, exhausting all the possibilities before they move on or incorporate it into their style. I am like a kid in a candy store; my eyes are bigger than my stomach. And when it comes to things to play make art with I can hardly restrain myself. Oh, I have tried but somehow it just doesn’t work any better than my New Years resolution to lose 35 lbs!
A quick trip to my work area will show that I am a totally addicted to tools, supplies, books; it seems that I am just unable to stop with one thing. The shelves are lined with books and magazines on technique or just eye candy for inspiration. I have almost as many power tools as my ex-husband, and boxes of beads. I have recently tried Wendy Orlowski’s cabezels, and while it does take some practice I produced some interesting focal beads. But as with everything else I lost interest. I have seen some wonderful things done with them by people who are consistent in their pursuit of every possibility it offers. And now I see that Wendy has a new line of all-in-one cabezels; Oh heavens all is lost! Now I want to try those!
I think the problem is that every once in awhile I hit a creative block. Possibly in the back of my mind a little voice tells me to break that block with a new tool, book, mold or clay. Perhaps a quick clean up of the studio, or a de-stashing of some of my lesser used supplies might kick-start my mind once again. All I know is that at some point if this tendency is not bridled I will look like an annex of Michaels Craft Store and Lowe’s. Maybe the thing to do would be to rent my studio by the hour to crafters who would like to try new tools, or read books on technique without sinking a lot of money into it. There would be a place to come to, try what I have on hand and possibly I could offer what little knowledge I have gained. And who know? If it catches on I might make enough to buy those new cabezels that Wendy just listed!