Thursday, September 17, 2009

Odds and Ends of Life

I just read a newsletter about growing as an artist. Right now, I am not growing. I think I am going through the dormant part of the cycle. I haven't had a creative thought, urge or dream for weeks. I haven't touched the torch and I haven't even wandered out to the studio. My blog, shops and website have been just sitting there getting full of cobwebs and dust. But I have been busy with things like cleaning, dusting, painting walls and even cleaning and purging what has been lurking in the closets.

I woke up this morning thinking about glass, so the dormancy may be coming to an end. I also ran across a couple of things in those closets that have my creative mind whirring just a bit.

One is a chess set that was packed away for years and years. The starkness of the black and white along with the fierce faces has me thinking more about angles and edges rather than colors. Tucked away in the corner of an old building we needed to clean out, we found an old coffee can full of these small railroad spikes. I thought they were interesting so I brought them home. That was a few years ago and I ran across them as I was cleaning the closets. I still don't know what I will do with them, but they too have me thinking about how shape and angles and hard edges have a beauty outside of where I usually go.


  1. I definitely go through lulls in creativity myself. I will continue to plug along until some sort of inspiration strikes. It sounds like you have been using the time wisely to get your life organized.

  2. Sounds like you have been too busy to be creative. Glad it is lifting. I find that when I am overwhelmed, the creativity ceases. When I am frustrated that I have no time to create, I lay away at night planning new designs! I guess that is my way to compensate. I love the railroad spikes. Put them in a bowl and display them!

  3. I'd love to see you do something with those chess pieces.

  4. Hi Deronda,

    I wondered where you went....Did you see the necklace of your leaf and beads on my blog,etsy,artfire,1000market sites?

    I am in a FUNK myself but for different reasons....NO SALES on any site AND the car just died and I have NO wheels for over a week now...I had gone 4 days without my anti-depressant due to no wheels and WOW that was not good.

    I am knitting now...maybe people NEED knitted items for the colder weather...sure seems they aren't interested in jewelry.

    Glad to hear you are back being creative!