Start of the Semester Struggles

I always find the start of the semester the most difficult. Adjusting to your new schedule, finding all your classes, getting back into the swing of things. But most of all, it’s SO HARD to think of ideas for my projects!
I am taking 3 studio classes for my Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM (MJCC) major. For two of those classes, I’m working on a single project for each class that is developed and created throughout the entire semester. So I have to think of ideas, great ones, and stick with them for the next 3 months.
The reason I have so much difficultly starting is that I have so many different ideas- it’s so hard to pick one! Even though I may really like an idea I have, the design may not be ideal and it has to be adjusted.
I usually never stick with my first idea. It changes 2 or 3 times until I’m finally set on a design. I don’t think is this is a bad thing, though. I am constantly influenced by things I see and am given a new idea, or I realize I’m not really feeling my first design.
For inspiration, I’ll click around on Pinterest or flip through a book of present artists’ work. One thing I always turn to are my art history textbooks. I am also an art history major (being a double major is a lot of work!) and I love looking for inspiration in past artists’ work. I particularly love the sketches by Michelangelo and Leonardo, and paintings by Caravaggio, Van Gogh, and Monet. I am also really drawn to Ancient Greek architecture and patterns. You’ll probably see a lot of their influences in my work!
Even though it takes me a while to get started, it’s so worth it when I execute an idea that I’m really excited about. When I like what I’m working with, it’s more enjoyable for me to create. And when I enjoy working, I get a better end result (ideas of the Arts and Crafts Movement, STILL being applied today!) 🙂