Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Feeling Unmotivated and Uninspired...

Lately, I have found myself avoiding anything creative.  I tell myself to go out there, to even just straighten out my art space, to do SOMETHING.  Then, I divert into a magazine, reading blogs, or even just watching TV (horror!).

I was inspired at church a couple of weeks ago... a vision of something I wanted to create came into my head as I listened to our pastor preaching... I quickly sketched it out, then when I got home, I got out a canvas and transposed that sketch onto the canvas.  AND...there it has stayed.  Just a pencil drawing on a gessoed canvas.  At first, I blamed not knowing what color(s) to use on the background.  Then I would find another excuse.  One after another.

This week, our LSS's are having a "shop hop" where if you have a tote bag and passport, you can go in and purchase (almost) anything for 20% off.  I (of course) went and bought many beautiful papers and inks (ALL of Tim Holtz's new ink pad colors!).  I brought them home...and their they sat...for days, in their bags by the table.

Today, I went out and was forced to empty some of the bags, so that I could use the tote bag (at another LSS).  As I pulled out the many papers, ribbons, inks and other ephemera, I found myself wanting to sit and create...to use them!  Unfortunately, I had to go vote, tote my boys to their homeschool Karate class, and other various errands (hence why I was swinging by Scrapbook Junkie to check out the latest arrivals...and get them at a discount!).

I am hoping tonight, or tomorrow, to get out there and at least organize all my new treasures.  Maybe lay some paint down on that canvas.  Getting inspired is so hard, and yet, something always seems to get in the way.


Trudy Callan said...

I hope being in The Artistic Mother's Group will help to bring some inspiration. See you Saturday.

The Artistic Mother's Group coordinator

Trudy Callan said...

I have a special message for participants of The Artistic Mother's Art Group on my blog. I will be posting regular updates, tips for doing the projects and notes of encouragement. One of the future postings will be about the upcoming Flicker group for participants. I will have information for alternative ways the projects can look like and so many other things. There is a possibility that our group may be featured in a major art publication at some point, which will go unnamed at this time. We are going to be featured at Designing Moms soon. Everyone will want to post photos of their best work on their blogs because these publications may choose photos of some of the participants' work. I will do a post soon on how to take great photos to help you best showcase your work. I cannot possibly contact each participant individually when something important arises; so if you could check my blog often, that would be great. I don't want you miss anything. To make it easier for yourself, you could add my blog to your blog list. Then you will see when I have posted and you will know when to come.

Tomorrow I will have tips for doing the first project.

I posted a message today about getting started on The Artistic Mother workshop.

Thank you again for being a part of this group. I know we will all get so much out of it and learn how to balance family and art time.

Trudy Callan
Coordinator for The Artistic Mother's Art Group

Trudy Callan said...

There have been a couple of changes in the instructions I sent you. To make things easier for everyone since our group has grown so much, instead of having to put all of the links in each post or on your sidebar, I have made a button for the group. Just grab my button and put that in your sidebar.

The other change is that instead of having to post at the end of each week, you may post about your progress any time of the week that is best for you; but do try to post weekly. When posting your progress each week, if you could mention the group and a link to my blog in your posts, that would be great. That way people can go to my blog and see the list of the other participants and click around to see their progress as well.

Please check my blog often for tips, notes of encouragement and exciting news. Coming soon will be a post about a Flickr group for our Mothers' art group and also a giveaway.

And if you could you please send me your email address to sewingwithtrudy at yahoo dot com so that if I want to do a group email, I'll have everyone's address? Thanks so much.

Trudy Callan
Group coordinator for The Artistic Mother Art Group