It’s the Start That Stops Me

Art Talk Collage  Most often it’s the “start” that stops me. It’s hard work just getting to my art room some days. You have to go past the dishwasher to get to the coffee, then laundry room calls to me, next it’s  my desk eeewwwhhh…the desk doesn’t quit.

I think of tricks to get me started knowing that one thing does lead to another. The serendipity and happen-stance that come together with scraps of papers & objects isn’t always enough to get me going.

New techniques will often start the stop. New ideas gives my art the energy to end up somewhere totally different. Reworking common things and giving them a twist can bring them “up in the world” is always interesting. Even that isn’t always enough.

Recently a piece of found art needed “something”. It had been sitting, waiting for some time. An old photo of my husband’s great grand parents, Mollie and William, fell onto my table. Mind you this fell from papers that had nothing to do with our old photos. It shouldn’t have been there! Our twin grandchildren had just been born and were named, yep, Mollie and William It was the perfect set-off for the art piece. It was as if it was waiting for the twins to be born. That excites me.  But not quite enough.

It could be just movement.  I need to be moving.  “You can’t steer a parked car” is something we have always told our children. I can’t be led if I’m not moving. Inertia in its simplest terms is that an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion, until a force is applied to change this. Hmmm…I’m going to “use the force” and stop the start that stops me…