Taking January to Tackle a Big Project

Taking January to Tackle a Big Project

Elisabeth Wilborn
Jan 11, 2013

Anyone else have a seemingly giant undertaking that's been looming over your head for years? I have an embarrassing confession: Wednesday's January Cure assignment, Choose a Piece of Artwork and Get Going on Framing It, prompted a mountain of guilt, and then… action. You see, my walls are mostly blank, and I'm finally endeavoring to do something about it.

For five years since my older daughter was born, I have been buried under family photos, almost all of which are still on my computer. I'm an artist, but I cannot decide what I want to live with on a daily basis. I have a hoard of prints, posters, and postcards I've been collecting since I was a teenager, most of which remains unframed. Why has it been so hard? I have two theories: 1) I am so close to the subjects of the photos (my children) that I love each and every image, making for an emotionally fraught editing process. 2) I am so visual that making a decision can be paralyzing, and picking one image to frame seems to preclude countless other, equally good options. Enough of the paralysis.

Spurred on by this community, I pledge in the next couple of weeks to cover my walls, print those photos, frame that art, and hang it! I'll check in periodically with my findings, and do a big wall "reveal" at the end. Motivate, motivate, motivate…

I'm curious: has one seemingly "simple" daily assignment from the January Cure set off an avalanche of to-do's for you?

(Images: Elisabeth Wilborn)

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