It’s so hard to blog when you really don’t feel like you have anything to say. I’ve been struggling with a massive creative block. I’ve read books about it, tried aromatherapy, setting up a little alter, hours online looking for inspiration but lately two things have happened that seemed to have helped me to turn the corner. No wait, three things…
The first is volunteering at the El Segundo Museum of Art. I cannot begin to explain what a unique and impressive museum this is. Each new installation is called an “Experience” rather than a show because it truly is something you submerge yourself into. The current show, which ends in a week or so, is called “Spark” and is based on the Mirrorworld books by Cornelia Funke, an author for young adults. Within the museum you’ll find her writing studio (complete with pieces from her home), a greenhouse, an ogre’s tavern, a bottomless tunnel, digital art, and art pieces both by Ms. Funke and other artists that fit the theme. How can you not be inspired by something so amazing. Working on Family Day I helped visitors to create cyanotype prints, something I’ve not done for ages.
The second is finding some like minded friends to hang out and discuss art with. I’ve really really been missing my friends in Washington. I’ve realized that I need a community within which to work. I need the feedback and the encouragement. I can’t work in a vacuum. Over the weekend I was feeling particularly anxious and my friend, a creativity coach (!) messaged me, “anxiety is the relief actually that everything has shifted. So it’s brilliant, a little scary, but know you are loved and supported creatively.” How can I go wrong with Narelle in my corner and Kelly cheering me on? It has made a huge difference.
The third is getting a brand new sketchbook, pens and pencil case from my kids for Mother’s Day. As my daughter said, “It’s just a cheap sketchbook and you can tear out the pages so don’t worry, just go for it!” What would I do without my two biggest cheerleaders?
So yes, I’m back on track. I hope. I’ll keep you posted.