Many crave the idea of freedom – being about to do what we want when we want. Some of our countries are even founded on this idea and many of our countries certainly have freedom as an ideal. And it certainly sounds romantic to have no responsibilities and no demands! But sometimes lack of structure can be difficult.
Let me be clear – freedom is important and necessary!! The lack of freedoms in many countries and the erosion of them in most others is not ok with me!! This is not what I am speaking about!! Freedom is actually quite different from lack of structure.
Flowers and Eyes, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
Yet, sometimes having fewer choices is actually easier than having many, many choices! I know with my creative work I often create artificial constraints to have a direction to go in … to basically give myself a problem to solve. I choose … and I am lucky to have the choice!! … to restrict things to make decisions easier.
I took art classes at the university for while – it was great for me! There was time pressure and artificial demands of certain kinds of projects … so I didn’t have to think about many things or make gigantic decisions … I had to hustle and make as many paintings as I could in the time frame allowed. I supposed that is why I always painted 2 or 3 times more paintings than most others. I didn’t mind being directed to some degree … and so I ended up with work that was usually very expressive of myself.
I need to set a direction for myself so I am not overwhelmed by too many possibilities. Thank goodness I am actually very good at setting structure for myself. But the creative part of things is the scariest place with little structure. You can see that with how much I turn to you for help with my signature. Sometimes I need outside input to know what I think. By the way, about my signature, I am very close and hope to have a solution by this afternoon … when I do, I may even go back and change this painting to include my Jane Hancock.
~ Diane Clancy