Working on boxes and listening close
“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
Still working on boxes. Quite a few boxes. Each a little different. I used to worry a bit about cohesiveness, personal style and all that. After a while I just stopped working with pottery (which I love) because I boxed myself in with doubt. I was checking off boxes of imagined criteria. Here I was doing this to myself! I made that choice. I was wielding that sharpened pencil. Check! Check! Check! No one else had that pencil. Just me. I chose to enclose myself in my own little box and with a stuck lid! Well, that had to stop. I made a promise to myself to use that pencil only to draw new ideas and write new thoughts. To listen closer to my inner voice.
Now I am thinking clearer. I am into the process again. The boxes I most enjoyed making were the ones I had carved and scraped. I think I will work with this in mind for the next group. I want to keep them simple with small details and clean finishes. Never mind that they are boxes of my own choosing. At least they are checked free!