Thursday, April 18, 2013

Snails pace?

spring fever, a listless, lazy feeling felt by some people at the beginning of spring weather.

Is this what I have?  Moving ever so slowly and not really getting anywhere.  For several weeks now - as the sun has finally come out and the weather warms - I am having a very hard time getting back to doll work.  What is the matter with me?  I have a list of themes, I have heads all ready for attaching and yet I can't even begin to think about sitting down at my table and actually making more progress than that.

I think I am adrift in a sea of possibilities. The strangest thing is that I'm perfectly willing to plow in and clean the screened porch top to bottom; clean closets and wash everything in sight; actually do a weekly cleaning of the house (now I know there's something wrong).

Mr. Finch's snails

I seem to have gotten off my creative path.  I'm trying to be patient with my snail's pace, hoping the 'zest' will pop up one day and my hands will be flying again. 

In a little over a week we'll be traveling out west -- I hope during that time I will become so homesick for my studio that when I get back my mind will be focused and my hands will be busy.  For now though, I guess I'll just enjoy the welcome spring weather and let time be my friend.

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us." - Henry David Thoreau


  1. A break is perfect, and you will have your desert to energize and inspire you next week. We all need a break from time to time! Your talking heads will enjoy it too. ;)

  2. Too many ideas can be as paralysing as none. Just decide to rejoice in your cleaned cupboards!

  3. I feel very much like you at the moment, and I have an open studio event in two weeks and an exhibition two weeks after that, my work is slow and time consuming but at the moment I am doing anything but work. Do you think it is a slow awakening from a sort of hibernation, the mind works but the body won't respond.
    Though I'm not sure my mind is in a very creative state either at the moment.

  4. Debbie

    Thank heavens I'm not the only one! *smile* I keep thinking I'll wake up one day ready and raring to go -- hasn't happened yet but I'm in a place where I can give myself some space so I guess I'll stand still for awhile waiting for the muse to push me forward.

  5. Spring cleaning!! It's a ritual, you know. You just want everything ready for when you can open the windows and air it all out.

    Until then, I'm adrift with you. Sleepy and lethargic during 4 days in a row of rain with s*** forecast for tomorrow. I'm gettin mighty sick of it.

    Go West Young Woman!! enjoy the sun and fresh air.
    xx, Carol

  6. O, keep an ear out for the whispers in the studio. While the cats away you know....

  7. That's amazing - you've described exactly how I've been feeling for about a week! I'm a bit happier now it seems that someone else has the slug - or the snail - too!

  8. Seems like this is going around! I actually laughed when I read this post last night...I had spent the whole day kind of wandering around feeling anxious but not feeling like doing anything. I keep telling myself I need to make a doll, but I just can't make myself go in my studio and do it! Thanks for putting into words exactly what I was feeling!

  9. You have been working at such a fast pace for so long I suppose a little snails pace could be good. A time for reflection and directions is what I call it. put the feet up and relax for a spell, then Watch OUT as the creative muse cranks it up again!!



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