Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wisdom of the Bloggyhood Community
So today I was on a work road trip, and thinking about all the responses to my post about Art Gone Amuck. What a fabulous group of folks you all are. Thank you all so much for your helpful comments. I decided the wisdom list should be shared, so I listed the ideas you all suggested for artistic renewal. The list is already 28 ideas long!
So far I have been enjoying the break from the studio. I have walked, gathered things in nature with shapes, textures, colors, line and pattern. I see inspiration in all of them. I did make it back to the bookstore, and have “new” books on an artist I did not know, a how to watercolor book with great examples of color and shapes, a vegetarian cook book, and a book of photography. House cleaning was suggested. I cleaned our coffee maker – with a toothpick. I don’t play music, but I have listened to music that felt right. I have been reading, writing and thinking. I’m sure I will explore some of the other ideas before my break is over. I had envisioned a one week break, but that is open ended.
Sometimes a blog post will resonate in a profound way. That happened for me yesterday. I went to the blog of India Flint - Not All Who Wander Are Lost. I was so touched by her words, I asked if I could let you know about her post, and she agreed. The link is here. I’ll start you off with the first bit of her post:
“the older I become and the less time it seems likely I shall have on this beautiful earth the more I realize the importance of taking more time to be slow about the things I do
and to engage with the whirled
to take time to appreciate that string of pearls that is “the moments of now” that scatter like raindrops on a river as we wander our life journey”
This blog links me to my art group – all of you. And I appreciate our time together.
Here is your wisdom:
take a break
go shopping for more supplies
go to the beach
ride out of town on the top deck of the bus
go to the garden
play the piano
try something vibrant
browse and read
find solace in the saxophone
try Tyla Tharp’s “box approach”
persevere through the frustration and change to a time of reward
go walkabout with a camera
meet with your art group
view art on line
do a crossword puzzle
read a novel
visit an art museum
It was high time I took a studio break, and already good things are happening.