Sunday, March 29, 2009

Don't Quit

We all, to varying degrees, go through periods in our life of doubt, stress, inadequacy, despair, etc. Periods when our reactions can be moderate to extreme.

I think this is particularly true of creative people. We are working on a new painting, sculpt, tune, or novel, and we just know our muse has gone on vacation. Nothing is coming together the way it is envisioned. I know I have gone through several low periods when I just felt like throwing my clay against the wall. But, in every case, my muse has returned and yes, the sun does shine again.

Those two words, "Don't Quit" say so much.

Wishing everyone a creative and sunshiney day!

14 comments:

daphnelwilliams said...

I am so glad you wrote this....I am brand new to making fairys with polymer clay (I have been making porcelain dolls for years but I have molds) and being new, there have been many things just not going right! I was just about ready to give up then I read this. The struggles I have endeared over the past month have been great for learning, but I would have thought that I would at least have 1 doll completed by now. Instead I have a lot of ruined, dirty clay masses on my work table. I never realized how hard this was going to be and I really don't want to quit trying but I would like to see some good results. Alas, I will keep pushing forward and hopefully my next attempt will be better!

3rdEyeMuse said...

thanks, Sue. :)

Sue said...

Daphne, as hard as it is, try not to get discouraged. Make sure your work area and your hands are really clean (baby wipes are your friend). Google
tutorials on polymer clay/doll sculpting. Keep practicing. I mentioned this once before - when I look at my very early work and remember the first piece I ever did...
oh my.

Keep on...keep on.

Pattee said...

That's a great video Sue...

Baroness Bijoutery said...

What a great video. And those two words are so important. Everyone should have a sign somewhere in their shop with "DON'T QUIT" written on it.

Denise said...

wow, you posted this at such an appropriate time for me. The last few days have been a struggle for me with the clay. The creative juices arent flowing nor is the clay cooperating. I do know as a sculptor for 3 years now that this does happen and I do know it will pass. What I do when this happens is I work on something totally differant, not clay. That's why I began felting, so I can at least be creative on days when the clay isn't cooperating nor my creative clay mind.

HiHo said...

...thank you for starting my day on a perfect note. these times seperate the woman from the girls.
Heidi

Zoya said...

Its true in many other parts of life too. Keep fighting for what you KNOW is right. Like little orphan annie always says... the sun'll come out


Zoya

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Thanks Sue for posting this...so true...I enjoyed watching the video!
Cheers!

Lezlei Ann Young said...

Sue...that was beautiful...I needed that!
xoxoxoxo
Lezlei

Odddollz by Jacqui said...

Thnaks Sue, you say all the right things:)
Boy oh boy there sure are time when you feel like quiting.....for a second or two!! LOL

HUGZ
Jacqui

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Oops! Desperate Blogger~ said...

Oh gee Sue, I have a son who needs to see this video NOW. Thank you so much!
Hugs,
Cindy

Marie Patterson Studio said...

WOW!! that says it all...I love "rest if you must,but dont' quit"!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!