Lingering thoughts from a science class of long ago – potential energy.
When scientists talk about energy they are talking about the ability to do work. When the work is being done it is termed kinetic energy. When the work is waiting to be done, it is termed potential energy.
I have this very big hunk of beeswax (over 2 pounds) purchased from the honey farm/meadery down the hill from our house. The beeswax represents potential energy.
I’m gathering the materials necessary to do encaustic painting/mixed media. I have the wax, damar resin, some colorant , brushes and the surfaces to paint on. I have a heat gun, a griddle and other tools to keep the wax melted and workable.
In the next few weeks my mission will be to take the potential energy and let it move outwards into the world.
Not the working with wax part – I’m all for the learning curve. For me it is more about letting myself go into my core – to let go and create with no rules, no critic, no “one” looking over my shoulder and especially no thoughts of what the piece “should be”. It’s not that I can’t have an image or idea before I create. It’s – how can I say this – about merging with the creative process and being with it instead of questioning it. To begin, to make choices, to change my mind, to follow new pathways, to experiment, fail, succeed, laugh, cry and a cart load of other “descriptives” about the creative process.
Why am I saying this?
Because too often I have cancelled on myself. Not shown up. Not done the work.
Steve Jobs said it clearly:
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
No reason at all.