I have to remind myself not to take things for granted. This is a rather important lesson for creating—as well as for living a full life. I have to fight doubts and expectations. Some of them are; I have to work big as I have been doing only small works lately (or visa versa); I can’t use a certain part as I just used a similar part in a recent piece; or the direction of a work is just too predictable.
I have been doing several round works of late. Am I creating too many of these? These circular pieces reflect less of my desire to do round pieces and more about what’s available in my studio as my stock of ingredients dwindles. The pandemic has taken its toll on my inventory. The big circular frame is the last one that I have. The wooden board with the grid, the last of six panels. The brass Gothic arch, the last of two that I had.
I don’t get sad about running out of material and I don’t know when or where I will be able to stock up on more material but I do have the understanding that with the new ingredients will come new possibilities. And that is an expectation worth having.