Good Tuesday morning and thanks for joining me for coffee (actually weak Irish Breakfast tea for me this morning – my boss bought pastries and it just doesn’t feel right to eat something that good with a Gatorade-spiked-water chaser…). The drink above is actually a latte brewed at the bookstore/cafe a friend runs, specifically for photo purposes. I was asked to do a little photo shoot to help them promote the espresso cart that’s now a part of the bookstore and it was fun! Linda gave me a few ideas for shots she wanted but otherwise I was able to wander around and make lots of arty latte shots – hence Study of Latte Sprinkled with Cinnamon on Aged Leather Ottoman, above. <snort>
Anyway! I’m starting a little challenge for myself for the next month – Finish February. I have gifts from Christmas to finish, mending and altering to finish, a studio breakdown in prep for a nursery to finish (to start!), and I need to find my creative mojo again. I know, you don’t have to remind me that last time I started an activity for myself I fizzled out pretty quickly (Self Imposed Bookarts Club, anyone? Couldn’t even make it past June!) but this is just one month… I can do it!
With this challenge I’m setting myself in mind, I’ll be tuning out of my current daily blog rolling (I miss you all already!!) and only posting to my own blog as I have something to show or share. I’ve read several “how to get your creativity back” posts lately and one of the common themes is stop reading others’ blogs. Stop trying to find inspiration “out there” and get back to what you do, what your own head, heart and talents can give you, and that’s what I’m going to do for February. Heaven knows I love seeing all the creativity out there, even though I know I’m missing a ton of it too, but I’m tired of thinking “why didn’t I think of that? How does he/she have time to come up with this stuff? What’s wrong with me?”
Well nothing’s wrong with me, I’m just out of the habit of thinking in creative ways. I think I’ve said here before I used to love art classes and critiques. I loved working in the sort of environment where the whole goal of many minds was creativity, creation, and I always found inspiration for my own work in talking to someone else about theirs. But it doesn’t work quite the same way when I’m reading someone’s blog. Hmmm.
Of course I’ll likely spend March 1st pretending I’m working as I feverishly catch up on everything I’ve missed over the past month. Or maybe not. We’ll see.