Ach, these dark days of a west coast January, you give me a wee bit o’ doldrums or SAD?
Many ideas and images are there, only lacking the creative desire to pull them together.
Where is my muse?
January 17, 2008 in Being an Artist by Marja-Leena
I find that some of my best stuff comes out when I don’t really feel like doing anything, but force myself to start writing anyway. But that might not be the best approach for you, I don’t know. Maybe you just need a break?
Might be a good year to go visit San Miguel de Allende! Nothing like a little Mexican sunshine.
I’m lucky here that despite cold and sometimes snowy weather, we generally get sunshine pretty often even in winter. I get very down after a couple of gray days.
I can’t help thinking: look deep into that water where your muse sits wondering where you are. I think Dave is right. Keep looking.
Dave and Leslee are right ML – you need a break! Be spontaneous rather than suffer from the doldrums. I suggest you take a week off and go on a trip to the south around Poipu in Kauai, Hawaii. As soon as you de-plane at Lihue airport, you’ll begin feeling terrific immediately. There’s bargains galore on travel and easy to find in Vancouver. Surprize yourself and hubby too. You’ll return with your batteries re-charged with an abundance of energy, full of new ideas, and the glitter you’re lacking at the moment.
What wonderful advice you are getting! Listen to it!!
Thank you for all the good advice, my friends! I know that this phase will pass as always. I get into these ruts when I’ve been away from my work for too long, this time because of distractions from a death in the family, then the holidays, and another funeral tomorrow (mother of a friend). Sometimes it works to ‘force’ myself to do the work, but not this time, yet. A holiday in Mexico or Hawaii sure sounds tempting, yet I still keep thinking of that retreat on the westcoast of Vancouver Island…hmmm. But hey, it’s not raining right now so I’m going to check out if the snowdrops are up in my garden and go for a long walk with the camera.
We, your friends, do care about your well-being and it sure sounds like you’ve been under some distress from some circumstances beyond your control. So, Hornby Island (if memory serves me right), is certainly a good choice for some TLC. A visit to the HIARG Gallery may help too. Take care eh!
Thanks for your concern, Roger, but I’m okay, really!! Just the usual January blues. I’ve actually got a remedy now that will stimulate serotonin, to alleviate the SAD. A little trip might be fun too, though I meant to the Tofino area this time. Hornby is nicer in the summer. Is that gallery on Hornby? Oh, and the snowdrops are about to bloom so spring is not far off!
Good to hear you’re on the mend – spring isn’t too far away. Yes, the gallery is on Hornby and you can have a peek at: hornbyisland.net It’s a beautiful venue; I’ve been there twice for music festivals as a musician. Enjoy!
Hi again, Roger! I’ve been in that gallery! I just didn’t recognize it by the acronym. Along with the Tofino area, Hornby Island is one of our favourite places; we’ve attended some of those summer festival events and visited many artists’ studios there.I hope we will get there this summer!
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