How Physics Relates to Art…and Other Things
One of the laws of physics is “a body of motion, stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest”. Without going into too much details on the physics side and bore everyone to tears, if something is moving it will stay in motion (minus the atmospheric drag) and something that is stationary won’t move on its own.
How does this relate to art? Well, have you ever noticed that if you are doing something on a regular basis, it is so much easier to keep doing it? And, on the contrary….If you aren’t doing something, it is just hard to take the first step and get into action. Exercise is a great example. Everyone who has ever attempted to get back into shape knows the hardest part is just making that very first effort.
For me, my life had a relatively big disruption mid-July 2016 when my manager resigned. As of August 1, I took over his responsibilities. That impacted me in 2 ways. Prior to this change, I was working from home 3 days a week and now I would be commuting into the office 5 days a week as well working 11+ hours days. Second, my prior role was pretty low stress. Now, I am in a high stress situation due to learning the new role and wanting to perform well.
The result….my art making came to a screeching halt. I didn’t have the time or the energy.
But, this weekend I am determined to get back into the saddle and begin creating again. I only had two goals this week. To write this article and to stitch something. ANYTHING. I don’t care WHAT I stitch as long as I stitch. For me, I think just the act of stitching something will get me rolling again. I need to hear that hum of the sewing machine. It’s like that stretch of time if you slack off of exercising where you know if you don’t put those athletic shoes on right now, you are at risk of not exercising again.
Goal accomplished. I stitched and here is the blog and it feels pretty darn good.