|The kitchen under wraps|
|The living room, finally with lights, but weeks to go on the plastering|
Being stuck in the studio space isn't a bad thing (I can do laundry at the same time), but being forced to sit in here without a plan has triggered a little bit of fretting. With time to kill I always hope for ideas other than just a tornado of cluttered thoughts about creativity in my head leave me like a deer in headlights, making nothing. Once again, I sat at my desk, looking around at all of my supplies and not having a single productive thought in my head about what to do.
While rummaging through shelves and bags to organize more (always a good time killer), I did manage to find the torso of a new figurative piece that I started working on before we moved. In the last few days, we've had so many people in the house related to our renovations. A number of them have seen my earlier work hanging on the wall. I didn't observe a single look or comment that was positive. My lack of courage and confidence in my skills is creeping up on me. Now what? Time to silence the inner critic.
I decided I needed a prompt/kick and I just Googled something like "art prompt too many ideas in my head." Brilliant, I know. That didn't work. So I Googled "Teesha Moore journal tutorial" because her work gets me rolling a bit, but I've seen it before and felt like I needed something fresh. On the side bar, I saw a video by "jenniebellie" about a 15-minute art journal page. I could do something for 15 minutes. A recent article by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer suggested starting an art journal to get the creativity juices flowing, but NOT to start with a fresh, clean all-white pages journal. That produces too much anxiety and pressure. I remembered having a pretty leather-bound little journal, dug it out and started to play the video while I just painted and printed, rubbing pan pastels, smearing paint, and sponging over stencils. It's not a finished page and it only took a few minutes, but it was great to get my fingers dirty and not feel pressured to produce art that someone else would find fabulous.
|The beginning of a two-page journal spread|