the little an often strategy has got me through the last few months and this week i’ve had to take steps back from everything for a couple of days to see where i am at the moment.
so what is it i see ?
i see several projects being moved forward a little an often and up to now this has been ok. this week i needed to step back and listen to what i was telling myself.
the stepping back was also a time to catch up on rest. while working in lockdown it has become oh to easy to over stretch myself – ” i’ll just do another hour…” working on the dining room table means the studio is constantly a few steps away.
there is a difference to when i used the dining table before i moved into haarlem artspace. then i would pack everything up at the end of the working day. somehow in lockdown it’s been accepted by everyone that my studio set up stays on the table and if i’m sat here – i’m working. haarlem is in the process of opening up again for studio work, so soon i’ll need to evaluate if it’s possible to move everything back. getting there is what i most need to be mindful of.
this morning after two days pottering and starting to create a website page for walking through i woke early feeling hungry, the sun was coming up and the sight of that made my heart sing.
while eating my porridge with mango yoghurt topping i realised the slightly awkward feeling i’d had for a few days was to with needing to concentrate on one of the projects as it has gotten to that point.
the research i’m currently doing has been made possible by an arts council emergency funding for individuals and i’m really grateful to be able to plan for the future through the realising of prism and walking through.
this morning i have a sense of now is the time to concentrate on walking through to get it to a point where i can share it with those who contributed so they can see how i’ve incorporated their words and images into the interactive documentary (idoc). an important part of the community building aspect of this socially engaged work.
as the sun rises with amelie lens accompanying my thoughts on what would have been a glastonbury weekend i feel ready to alter my little an often strategy to one of lets see this come to life. i type that and my thoughts turn to why the little an often strategy was adopted and in so doing wandering what it might be like to spend a fortnight just working on realising one work. maybe there’s a goal to set once what we can do opens up more.
time will tell.
have a great weekend.