work in progress. The idea of the 10,000 hours to mastery came up in Julia Galloway's workshop and now it's popping up everywhere - I don't know the history of the theory; I believe Malcolm Gladwell may have brought it mainstream. I'm somewhere at around the 4000 hours mark in ceramics - that makes me somewhere in the neighborhood of half an expert? Uh, half ass, maybe.
I do know that I have a lot to learn and a long way to go. When I start a piece I usually have an idea fairly well formed in my mind. I don't do drawings or plans on paper and I'm starting to wonder if I should. I look at inspiration, do research and think a lot about it, picture it in my mind. I'm a HUGE believer in focused visualization. It may be why I have a migraine right now. I like the freedom to let the piece create itself - ironically, it then feels more like drawing or painting. I'm so averse to being hemmed in somewhere in my pea brain I'm thinking drawing out and forming an idea on paper is somehow hemming me in. Yes. It's kind of dumb. I get it.
And the reason I'm having this discussion with myself is; I'm stuck. I am blank. Guess what, the thing isn't making itself, it isn't creating any direction in me when I'm working on it. I'm stuck. It's stuck. Another week she sits under the plastic bag while I try to move forward - in my head. Do I add flowers, do I put a boat on her head - with flowers? Hands? What decoration, what glaze....I'm reaching for anything that gets me out of this stuck place.... it's wind, it's water, it's the perfect storm....
I also keep re-referencing Ira Glass and his genius about just making a lot of work. Funny thing, he's talking about the 10,000 hours program.
"The way to learn to do things is to do things. The way to learn a trade is to work at it. Success teaches how to succeed. Begin with the determination to succeed, and the work is half done already." - Mark Twain, writer and humorist.