Do other creative folks face this question that has been lately nagging at the edges of my consciousness:
Where to go from here?
Do I keep doing more of what I've done recently, because it is familiar?
Do I try something entirely new and risk having nothing to show for it, and perhaps no feeling of accomplishment?
I can look back over my several years of these blog posts and see the solid evidence of my ADD tendencies. Something grabs hold of me for a time, and I focus on it intensely. But then, most often purely by chance, something new catches my interest and off I go.
I admire artists who can sustain a focus and develop great expertise in a particular niche, and I wonder how it is they do that?
How are they not distracted, or bored, or simply lured away by the promise of something entirely new and fascinating?
My creative detours have included, in no particular order: sewing, gardening, knitting, crocheting, decoupage, traditional and art quilting, lampwork beadmaking, wirework and jewelrymaking, collage and mixed media artmaking, stamping and stampcarving, photography and polaroid transfers. And probably a few other things I've forgotten at the moment.
Part of me wishes I could choose one, or two, or even three things and stick with them. Get focused. Develop my niche. But it never seems to happen.
There are just too many possibilities, and I can't seem to ignore them. Sometimes I even briefly become obsessed.
Alas, it's a fault that leaves me a dabbler in much, and master of none.