Fun and play are words that sound easy – easy to say, easy to spell, easy to define. Or are they? Those two little words recently made me stop and really think about how I spend time in my studio making glass art. I have to admit that there are times I really work at having fun or playing. Developing new ideas take work. Where does fun and play fit in when new ideas are beckoning? Can work be fun? Or playful?
What is “fun” anyway? Is “play” an attitude? Are fun and play a cause and effect kind of reaction? The dictionary defines fun as “enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure”. Ahhh….lighthearted pleasure. I like that. Playing is “engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose”. Hmmm…an activity for recreation rather than practical purpose. That sounds pretty good, too.
For the next few day I kept the definitions of these little words close by as I made art in the Fishbowl (aka: studio). At times I felt the amusement, the lightheartedness, and my mind was set on enjoyment rather than practicality. I felt in the grove – a “can’t stop me” sensation.
A few days later the sun was out. I jumped in my car and drove over to a friend’s studio. I saw a sign! In less than 1/10 of a mile I saw a second sign!!
So what did I learn from these two easy words? I learned that when I’m lightheartedly enjoying the activity of making art, I’m at my best. And to my eyes, my best work is being made when I’m having fun playing with glass. Did it take a sign or two knock a little sense my way? Maybe. Maybe not. But it sure did get my attention.