Well, I couldn’t be inspired by a new episode of Art.Work. So instead I watched a few episodes of a show called Turning Point. The episode I watched was called Irish Men’s Sheds. Basically, a bunch of sheds, I guess they were like workshops, were set up around Ireland. Reason being, unemployment is “rediculously high,” and with it the suicide rates amoung men. The idea is that they need something to work on, and while they’re working they are more open and talk more easily and they get to share good company. So while they work on their various projects, fixing furniture or cars or whatever, they get to socialize and get things done so they feel better about themselves. I thought it was really cool; people need to work, to feel worth, and if you’re doing it with others and get to learn new skills… all the better.
So I was thinking about the sheds and it got me thinking about Creative Space. Sometimes a sense of organization, or having your own nook to work on things can help you stayed focus. And as I watched the episode, it occured to me how I could make my room more space efficient and have a more organized workspace. I moved my mini-bookshelf onto the table I work with. I dont’ use the whole table you see except for when things just pile up, and I don’t use the bookshelf much either. So by having them together, I can shelve my art stuff and have more space in my room. All the time I was reorganizing and setting it up, I couldn’t help but think “Why didn’t I think of this sooner?!” It’s so sad when you get cool ideas, then realize you could have had the benefits for much longer if you had just come up with them sooner.
Another episode I watched of Turning Point was one where an engineer figured out how to make wheelchairs using lawn chairs and bicycle wheels- so that it only cost 60$ to make them and he donates them to third world countries. I thought that was cool too, because of the creativity; seeing a problem that maybe not a lot of people are aware of (people who can’t walk, but can’t afford thousand dollar wheelchairs), and then coming up with a solution. “Go engineers!” that’s what I say.
And… I’m not doing anything quite as cool as the Wheelchair Guy or the Irish Shed Guy, but it did help motivate me to do more of my artwork. I worked on Repunzel Unleashed. It’s not my favorite, and I’m still debating whether or not I like it. I don’t see why anybody else would. But hey, I was able to work and get through something. And that’s good. Until I can get a new idea for an image, my plan is just to go through my backburner projects, maybe try to redo a few or be fuled by those ideas, and get at least something done. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, because you learn something even from the things that aren’t masterpieces. Like Repunzel Unleashed.
Anyway, the fact is that I’m less frustrated, and I like my new working space. I’m so thankful for these inspiring documentaries that I can watch. I like to think that if I let all of the inspiration cook inside my mind for a couple years, eventually I could do something cool. Maybe not that big though, just some small, simple contribution.