Little Things That Have Made a Big Difference
The old adage “if you’re bored, you’re boring” seems more pertinent now to me than it ever has and spending a large portion of my time in my own home hardly helps that thought. I’ll be the first to admit that I often struggle with motivation, and isolation amidst a global pandemic only seems to exacerbate this. For me, “being driven” is a state in which I find myself having to work towards, and sometimes it starts with something as minuscule as winning the morning battle over my un-made bed. Not everybody will, should, or wants to make their bed in the morning, I just find that (for myself at least) setting and completing a goal, no matter how small, usually jumpstarts a process of determination in me.
So how does this connect to art? For me, sometimes I don’t want to feel the burden of pressure I put on myself to be working on something large, so I try to find the creativity that exists in the crannies of our every day lives. On more than one occasion, I’ve caught myself pacing around the house looking for things to repurpose, ways to redecorate, or simply just walking around out of boredom while listening for where the specific creaks in the floor can be found. I’ve found solace in small artistic endeavors that are inspired by ideas like this.
Recently though, I’ve missed certain social activities with people I love, so I decided to use art to start building my own world surrounding that feeling. As I mentioned earlier, the idea started small, but somehow these doodles have grown to become a series of four pieces, two of which I’ll share, as the others are currently still a work-in-progress. I miss playing music in the same room as people, and I miss hearing music in the same room as people. I miss hiking with multiple people and I miss “yard sale-ing” in the springtime. I’m fortunate for the shelter and resources I’ve been able to stretch out through the pandemic, but I’m certainly feeling the collective lamentation for the losses we’re facing in our personal lives and for the larger scale of humanity.
Art helps though and I’m grateful for that.