Friday, April 16, 2010

challenges - cheaper than therapy

Enter into my therapy session via creating...
Hi, I'm Cherylyn and I'm a perpetual creator... Hi, Cherylyn.
I know I've mentioned quite a bit about this Month of Earrings challenge, but what does 30 one of a kind (OOAK) earrings look like? Done in about 45 days - well like this:
Some ask, why do I take on challenges like this? where do I find the time, why do I create this pressure? Well, partly out of need and partly want. I'm constantly needing to challenge myself to grow as an artist and a person. I know if I don't give myself deadlines and goals, it's likely I'll just flit around aimlessly, which might be easier, but I enjoy the challenge and learn something new every time I push my self. And I want to make a difference even if it's in a small way. What does it feel like? Ahhh. Fulfilling not only do I have the interesting new works to build off of, but six of the thirty have sold and I'll be sending a $150 check to the McKenna Foundation shortly. It's just a little token of love that my creating can have an effect on another family and it feels good. Thanks to all of you that purchased earrings and help make that donation possible.
Another special thank you to Vickie Hallmark, I hope you feel better soon.
Please indulge me, here are a few things I learned:
{ my self diagnosis of adult ADD is quite accurate - oh those shiny objects! I have to keep a handle on my personality traits and reign them in.
{ There is a time and place for everything. I tend to bite off a bit more than I can chew. Why, oh why, would I consider a setting tricky, matching bezel set cabs for this challenge - maybe I just wanted to see if I could do it - but I didn't give myself the time for testing and errors. Well, no they didn't turn out, I felt like I failed and almost gave up. I have to find a better time frame to try a more leisure exploration.
{ I had a lot of fun ideas in my sketchbooks just aching for a chance and came into fruition this month. I love to sketch, but I really need to actually DO too!
{ ironically I thought procrastination was my main obstacle, and although it might be a challenge…
{ honestly, it's the judgment and giving up before I give the idea a chance. If something didn't turn out the way I planned, usually I moved on to another piece. No wonder it seems like I don't have a lot to show - except for many UFOs(unfinished objects) - for all my time in the studio. This challenge made me see my ideas through, especially in the last week. Because if I judged every piece completely, I would not have made all 30 pairs.
I love how Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the book I'm enjoying right now, Eat, Pray, Love talks about creativity in this video on TED.
Do your dance... and if the divine genius does not appear, do your dance anyhow and ole to you none the less - just for having the shear stubbornness to show up.

Oh, I've been working on another fun challenge this month! The EMC Team has another charm swap in the process, wish me luck, they are due at the end of April. I will post process and new pics soon!
I hope you all sanity, self-realization and happiness in your creative endeavors.


Chocolate and Steel said...

wow! I'm so impressed. I'd love to see them all up close. Are they are flickr? I'm off to listen to the TED video while I work.

Congrats on persisting.

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Cherylyn Bredemann said...

Thanks Christine.
Here is the flickr set.

Priestess~Harper said...

Mega congrats again for completing the challenge, and for all your lovely comments on my Flickr pictures too. It's been great, hasn't it?

*sparkles* from Purple Ebren