It took me awhile to realize that a common thread among many of my images were scenes of empty chairs, quiet paths, and places one can imagine visiting when life gets a little too chaotic. It’s not a coincidence - because this is what I need. I need solitude, peace, and time away from fear and worry. By creating these images, I get to experience some of what I crave.
I have talked about this before, but I don’t function well when I am feeling overwhelmed - and it’s seems like that is a word I use often. Part of it is just the nature of being self employed. I have so many ideas and thoughts swirling around my head with nobody to tell me which direction to go in. For example, right now I am excited about a new class I am teaching in a couple of weeks. Then there are the new images I want to work on and the e-book I have been trying to finish for the last few months.
I am also under the false impression that in order to be successful as an artist you have to always be working. ”This is a tough business and there is no room for slackers.” When these beliefs take center stage in my head, you can usually find me drinking triple lattes with a to-do list 5 pages long. This sort of living and thinking is self destructive and not sustainable.
Autumn Stairs ©Dianne Poinski
What should I do when I start feeling this way? Maybe I accept the ebbs and flows of my energy and creativity and instead of feeling stressed out; focus on how grateful I am to be in this situation. When the ideas stop, that’s when I really need to worry. In the meantime, I can celebrate all the wonderful experiences and opportunities I have, and when overwhelm begins to creep in, grab one of my black and white images, put on my iPod and start coloring. It works almost every time.
In the meantime, I can celebrate all the wonderful experiences and opportunities I have, and when overwhelm begins to creep in, grab one of my black and white images, put on my iPod and start coloring. It works almost every time.