MY OFFICE FOR THE DAY
And my office partner, Ollie.
Today I'm working from my patio. I've waited so long for this beautiful weather. On the weekend we finally cleaned the patio up. It was a disaster. My feral cat colony used it as a shelter for the winter (they had permission, of course). Sorry Bud, Marge, and Miloš, it's our time to enjoy it.
This past month, painting has been difficult. We've been in renovation hell and I'm limited with space / personal space. See – I don't like painting around people. With the sometime exception of my husband, Ryan, I've never been able to get into that special work flow. Could be self-consciousness or maybe it's my hypersensitivity personality. *shrug
(follow the link to learn more about The Highly Sensitive Person. You may know someone who is. So much made sense to me after learning about it. It wasn't that I just hated people!!! ;)
Given the circumstances, I'm in a block. Even my favourite morning sketching routine has been put on the back burner. It's incredibly frustrating not being able to do my work. But now there's light at the end of the tunnel. Two more days until I get my home back. And then the roof gets repaired...sigh.
In my morning read from Julia Cameron's "The Sound of Paper" this passage helped me breathe and have patience. From page 206:
"All artists suffer times of creative doubt—and drought. The bogeyman of fear and self-criticism, the knife blade of perfectionism, looms close to each of us. Blocks cannot be eliminated, but their ability to effectively block us can be. The trick to work is working, the gentle persistence to remain on the page, to show up at the easel or sketchpad. At our most dull and deadened, we are often still artful."
Oh Julia, needed to hear that. I can always come back to my art, no matter the what the block. And I think it's time to take her up on that advice. Time to get out the sketchpad. Thanks for reading and bye for now.