However, over the years, I have recognised that this is just the pattern of my energy, and not something to fret over or try to change. If I try and plug away a bit every day, I dilute the creativity, and it becomes lacklustre. And luckily there is usually a balance, the creative bursts do not last so long that I burn out, and the recovery periods do not last so long that productivity is compromised! And I am apparently working busily sub-consciously during the recovery phases, because with no apparent thought I launch into the next creative phase, and all the new ideas are ready and neatly lined up waiting for expression.
The other day, Imperfect Nerd commented:
Paint, dear one, paint! I know what distractions are like, because I write and have just begun a new tale, "Michelle in Hell". So far the hellish part is trying to stay at it!....
For me distractions are very welcome during a recovery phase, but where I find it hellish is when they happen in the middle of a creative outburst.... I literally chafe to get to work, and find any interruptions incredibly frustrating.
At the moment I am having a wonderful time exploring mixed media, and the painting is on a roll, but I also have builders crawling all over the place, creating the usual revolting mess, choas and endless interruptions and demands for this or that. I have mixed feelings about all this.
Usually I would be having a bit of a humour failure over being pulled out of my "zone" every few minutes, but the end result of this project is making it easier to bear. Because they are building an extension to a tiny storeroom we have in our back courtyard, and creating a wonderful light airy studio for me, YAY yippee yay!!
So, soon I will be out there, splashing the walls and floor with gay abandon, and no longer cluttering up (and splashing paint on) every surface in our little cottage! I will have to repaint the study and lounge/dining room, which have borne the brunt of the work over the last few years, and remove the study carpet, which has gone from cream to multicoloured speckles and blobs in one corner. But it is going to be amazing being able to sit at the dining room table for a meal without getting blue or red blobs on one's clothes, and ingesting the food through a haze of turpentine fumes.
Anyway, to the results of the latest energy burst........... as well as a few I did recently for but did not get a chance to post.
Starting with the new ones, I am exploring mixed media, using sculptors wax and silver leaf on canvas with oils, I adore the transparency and layering that can be achieved.
landscape 6 900x900mm
seascape 8 700x900mm
seascape 4 900x900mm
landscape 7 and 8 600x500mm
Seascape 5 and 6, 500x500mm
Seascape 7 400x400mm
These are two which I forgot to photograph before sending them off for an exhibition.