Friday, January 11, 2013

My Non Goals........

Edge of the Woods by Roberta Warshaw
Edge of the Woods, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I think if I hear the "G" word one more time I shall implode.

The "G" word, in case you haven't noticed stands for "GOALS".

Every January everyone brings out their goals and resolutions for the new year.

I don't believe in goals. I think they can set you up for failure. So many expectations placed upon you. And you do it to yourself no less!

It is not for lack of trying either. When I was making jewelry I tried the ring-a day challenge, the the 52 earrings a year challenge, the collage a day challenge etc.

I always fail at these goals and I am not going to do it to myself again.

So no. No goals for me. I just want everyone to stay healthy this year (including myself) if you can call that a goal and I want to keep painting in my studio as much as possible.

Oh I guess I do have one goal albeit an unattainable one. To create my masterpiece. I consider it unattainable for two reasons. The first is that I wouldn't know it was my masterpiece and second if I did create one it would become a masterpiece long after I have left the earth.

So the only answer is to keep working every day that I can. And on a day when I can't get in my studio I am not going to beat myself up over it.


Margaret Cooter said...

I agree; what matters is the moment and the process ... enjoyment and change ...

Joanne Holtje said...

Goals are cold, hard, unforgiving. You achieve them or fail.
The word even sounds mean, with that hard "g" like "gag".
Furthermore, the are a total contrivance, so even if you meet them, you will only feel good for a moment.
The satisfaction of meeting one is empty, but the sting of falling short stabs deep.

I prefer, instead, the concept of intention.
"I intend to get to my studio five days a week" allows for us to retain our humanity.
Without that, what kind of artist can we expect to be, anyhow?

Roberta Warshaw said...

I like intention much better.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Its funny. In just about every job I ever applied for, the interviewer asked me what my goals are. I have a focus, perhaps it would be concidered a goal.. I want more Harmony..less drama..more self satisfaction. If I can achieve that, then for sure there will be art.

Great post. Love the bird too.

Laurence Martin said...

No goal is a great new year resolution!! I am quite new in this art blog world and I am so amazed to see how much the word "challenge" is used... any challenge destroys my creative/life energy no matter the area of my life, I simply cannot.

So let's all have a fun flowing exciting mesmerizing resting relaxing enthusiastic joyful, and more, year 2013!

Unknown said...

I so agree with you. I just want to work and in fact, need to work to stay happy. When my beloved daughter died, I did set myself a goal--to do one positive thing a day. Doesn't seem like much, but it did work for me. As long as I could do that, I pulled myself slowly out of the pit.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Sara I understand that kind of goal. The ones that help keep us from going under....

Transitionstx said...

Hi Roberta,
These are beautiful. How do you do them? (Is there an earlier post where you talk about your process here?


Anne said...

Hello, Dear! I've come to your blog from the blog of one of my sweet commenters ~ you know how that goes ~ :) ~ Now following you! Always in pursuit os a future Masterpiece!
So nice to "meet" you!

pauline said...

you and i are gonna get along JUST fine... ;-)
i used to work with a guy who used to say "my goal is to make it through the year without any fucking goals"... :-)
Your art is fabulous. Maybe you already HAVE created your masterpiece? xox

Barb Fernald said...

Goals, no goals, resolutions, intentions...Whatever it takes to feel good about getting into the studio and making art. I'm all for it! The last two years I tried to blog once a day. I made it through until March and then I petered out on the regularity. But, I make sure not to be hard on myself if I don't get to do what I think I will.

I still think about your collage a day notebook. Having you mention that goal here is what keeps it in my mind as something to try. Not daily, but....I really like the idea of a collage notebook or journal as a creative outlet just for myself.