Life interrupts and the emotions, good and bad, that we experience affect the way we create art. My mother died several years ago and I have not returned to my level of productivity from before that time. I was always very productive and could make multiple pieces in a month. I was in my studio for some amount of time every day. Now I will go a number of days without stepping into my studio for anything but to lay another unwanted household item of some sort onto my work table.
When I start a small quilt (say up to 20" x 24"), I am able to pick out fabrics and design a piece in a day or two. Then another day or two to quilt it and maybe another day to embellish it and the piece is done. Sometimes it takes a few days longer than that, but if I am inspired and motivated I can pretty much follow this schedule. The key for me is to find something that sets off the thought process and gets the wheels turning. Many times that is a piece of fabric but it can be a particular bead, a color or combination of colors, a particular technique, or even a theme/motif. Once I get the itch to work on something I find that it is difficult to pull myself away for the mundane chores of the household. I am in the groove, inspired and finding the passion is easy.
Because I told myself I should try to work big I have been avoiding doing anything! So I finally decided I should make whatever size I am inspired to make and not try to force something that I'm obviously not finding inspiring. I find that I usually procrastinate when I have to do something challenging or difficult. Some artists will meet those challenges head on and love that.
So, this year I am going to go with the flow. I'm going to create fun pieces that I like and that I hope my customers will like. Maybe some will be bigger but that remains to be seen. Each one is as it should be and I will just let it happen. I feel inspired already!!