What a month.
Whereas January was productive, and I learned a lot and made a lot of progress, February felt like a complete and total disaster.
I had to put in a lot of overtime this month in order to make up time from the snow days in January and because of the school play. Because of all those extra hours spent at school, I didn't find the time at home (or the energy) to get stuff done. And then, when I did work, it seems that everything fell apart.
What didn't go well? I lost the motivation to finish the quilt. It isn't serving a purpose, so I'm just not driven to complete it. I may finish stitching together the pieces I have pinned and save the rest for a rainy day. The plan for "LYCBYG" completely fell through. After spending so many hours and painting and stitching, my ideas just did not come to fruition. The feathers I wanted to attach, just didn't work like I had planned, and the egg shells I also wanted to add were just to different from the rest of it. So, both of those major projects have been shelved, meaning I haven't met any of the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year.
Complete and utter failure.
What did go well? I got so frustrated yesterday, but owed myself so much time, that I just sat down and started working on an idea I've had for a while. And I worked almost none stop for over 7 hours. I don't want to jinx myself just yet by posting pictures, but I'm very satisfied with what I've been working on and am curious to see where it takes me.
Goals for March: I'm not sure I'm even going to set goals. As long as I am working for an hour each day, I think I will be good. I do want to make sure that I end March not owing myself any time. I think right now I am going to end the month owing myself at least 2 hours, which I don't like.
Thursday, Feb 15
Read for a couple of hours in Hyperallergic's "Required Reading". I'm ahead for the week, which is good, since I won't be home for the weekend.
Friday, Feb 16
Did not work. At the boyfriend's this weekend. Will be home early on Sunday to make up time.
Saturday, Feb 17
Did not work. We went to the Raleigh Pop Up market and had a good time. Owe myself 6 hours.
Sunday, Feb 18
Came home early today so I could work. I had a hard time finding my motivation, but once I did, I started sewing my portrait. I owe myself 7 hours, including today. I'd like to work at least 4. And if I meet that goal, I might just get the stitching on my portrait done today.
Monday, Feb 19
Read for 30 minutes in "Stuffed Shark". Did not work. I need to do some sampling for my painting, but I need more materials to do it. Will stop by Michael's some time this week. I've thought a lot about my quilt today. I've sort of lost my motivation to work on it because it doesn't serve a purpose. I kind of don't want to finish it, but I all ready have everything ready for it. Perhaps I'll save it for a rainy day.
Tuesday, Feb 20
Read 30 minutes in Hyperallergic's "Required Reading". Did not work. Don't think I will make it to Michael's before the weekend.
Wednesday, Feb 21
Read for an hour in "Stuffed Shark". I blew a tire last night so I had to take the day off to go get it replaced. Even so, I did not work because I was too frustrated when I got home.
Thursday, Feb 22
Did not read. Did not work. This has not been a good week.
Friday, Feb 23
Read for a long time in Hyperallergic's "Required Reading". Did not work. Hoping to make it to Michael's tomorrow.
Saturday, Feb 24
Did not read, but I figured I made up so much time yesterday, it didn't matter. Spent the day running errands and at my parents'. I did finally make it to Michael's to get supplies, but I did not work/ My plan is to make tomorrow a studio day and work as many hours as I can.
Sunday, Feb 25
I worked for over 7 hours today, but it was not an overall good day. I started out by applying feathers to my painting, but it did not look right, so I removed them, narrowly avoiding ruining my painting. Then, I started experimenting with the eggshells I've been saving that were also supposed to be used, but I also wasn't satisfied with the way they looked. I got frustrated and just gave up on the whole thing. I really like the painting, and the stitching, but I'm not sure at this point that there is anything I can do to redeem it conceptually. It may just have to go in the abandoned projects pile. So after going to the grocery store, I just started working on an idea I've had in my head for a while and just went with it. I'm really kind of liking it and I think the reason why is I'm not overthinking. I'm just working. Just going to run with it and see where it takes me.
Monday, Feb 26