Friday, April 06, 2007

Studio Friday - Greed

From Studio Friday:

Part III of the new SF mini series looked at from an artist's perspective in a different angle and light: "The Seven Deadly Sins":

This week's topic for Friday April 6th: Sin #2: GREED!

This is an ugly one as well....uuuuh! What is it you are greedy about or feel greedy about? Is it material or is it a behavior? Are you greedy for emotions? Do you hoard? How do you want to change for the better? It can be small steps or do you rather take a big step to change?

I suppose I am greedy about materials. I don't buy craft supplies with the intention of just hoarding them. I buy them to use them (though I can be stingy with my favorite supplies, not wanting them to run out)... But I do find that no matter how many supplies I get, I can always think of something more I'd like to have, and I guess that qualifies as greed.

Whether it's beautiful beads...

...or gorgeous findings...

...or inks, stamps, and glitter...

...I want it all! ;o)

Of course, I don't buy it all. So I'm not completely awful, am I? (g)

Like many people, I sometimes feel greedy for the praise and admiration of others-- for some sort of recognition or success. However, any time my work does get noticed, I tend to flee the scene and avoid reading the feedback! Guess I'm just weird. ;o)

As for changing things-- I can change my spending habits by avoiding places where I have the opportunity to buy craft supplies. (It's not really a problem, as it is. I mean, it's not like I'm going into debt or something. ;o) But it would still be good for me to focus more on using the materials I have rather than daydreaming about what I might do with the materials I don't have.)

And I don't think the desire for praise is too much of a problem, either, but to prevent it from becoming one, I can focus more on the joy I get from the actual process of working on my projects. If I'm happy with something, I shouldn't worry too much about having others confirm my own feelings. :o)


Monica Yvette said...

I can relate. Mine is "bead greed" too!

~michelle~ said...

Purty pictures!! And yeah, sometimes it's just as fun BUYING stuff as it is using stuff. Good luck! :-)

Going For Greatness said...

"greedy for the praise and admiration of others"..... this is a fantastic take on the topic! I, too, have been guilty of this a time or two!
I think artist's greed is ok because we're just being greedy to better our work! Yeah.. that's it! (G)!
Have a lovely weekend!!

~~Rae~~ said...

I am greedy when it comes to beads lol..I have boxes in my closet full of them just sitting there waiting to be used lol..I love shopping for new beads lol..I think I need a 12-step program lol

Michael said...

Thanks for all the support! Together, we can overcome this greed for more beads. ...If that's what we really want... I mean, it's not like we're doing any *harm*... ;o)

Yes, Gabi, that makes sense to me, too. It's all in the name of self-improvement! (g)