Finding the Words


If this was an illustration or drawing brief I’d be distracting myself with time fillers.  But it’s not, and (despite my lack of experience) it doesn’t seem at all scary.

I’ve just started a creative writing course – a free Open University one on, and this exercise appears halfway through Week One.  So, what is it about writing that feels just slightly daunting but doable, yet if we were tasked with drawing the very same we’d make our excuses not to (or in my case, keep putting off until I’d plucked up enough courage just to open my sketchbook, then spend longer criticising the results than I spent crafting my sketch).

But that’s the point of a beginners’ course, isn’t it?  To have a go, make mistakes as we learn something new, accepting every stumble and fall as a necessary part of the learning curve.  Yet, with drawing, whether we’re starting out, starting over or beginning to find our feet it’s harder to accept the very same stumbles and falls.

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Creative Space


Chaos in my mind (before feng shui, 2017).

When was the last time you showed your creative space some TLC?

Since rearranging my own studio last year, I took it for granted that all would be well in my creative world. And it was for a few months.  With it almost tidy and organised it felt like a breath of fresh air, and inspiration had room to play.

At the moment, my own messy studio is a reflection of me – a chaos of ideas I want to cling onto, just in case. Fabric and yarn donations that I’ve welcomed with open arms, just in case.  They’re stored on the floor because I haven’t found space for them.  And boxes.  Good sturdy cardboard boxes, just in case.

But, as much as we should take care of ourselves, we should take care of our creative space. Show we appreciate it supporting us through peaks and troughs, and it will continue to provide the breathing space for our crazy ideas and inspired thoughts.  If we keep the path clear we might even get to see the next stage of our journey, too.

WordPress prompt: Messy

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Mini Marathons


Timing is everything when you set yourself a dozen deadlines in one day.

My daily drawing habit has slipped.  But I know I can do it again, if I follow my own advice.  More recently housework has kept me distracted for the best part of a morning, so it’s usually mid-afternoon before I settle down to draw, if at all.

To quicken my pace I’ve been setting a 20-minute timer.  It’s amazing how much you get done when you know you have a deadline; you make every second count.  I’m allowing myself short bursts of housework alternated with creative work.  I’m getting better at not putting off, and scheduling ‘mini marathons’ of activity is helping me get more done in a day.

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Peripheral Vision

Sorry for my late post; I’ve made big leaps recently and it’s left me feeling puzzled.

Although my wardrobe overhaul is still in progress, I’m seeing myself in a new light.  Outside and in I’m not the ‘me’ I was a year ago.  I’ve made significant progress on my wardrobe overhaul, but there’s more to it than a few new outfit combinations.  I’ve leapt much further than I’d imagined, so I’ll have to tweak my travel plans.  A few more changes and perhaps my new self will move into full focus.

WordPress prompt: Puzzled

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Less is More

So far this month I’ve parted company with more items of clothing than I’ve gotten rid of in the past few years.  And I’ve rediscovered more too.

We’ve all heard the suggestion that we only wear a small proportion of our wardrobe a large proportion of the time (and until recently that applied to me too).  But with a recent wardrobe refresh (prompted by the discovery of holes in a few of my merino wool jumpers), I’m gaining a new perspective on everything I have and how things can be combined in ways I’d never previously imagined.

At the moment, my creative energy is directed towards my inner architect as I scrutinise the clothes I own and the outfits I pull together (and any damage that can or can’t be repaired).  I’m challenging myself to wear things I haven’t worn for a while, and questioning the point of hanging onto ‘vintage’ stuff when I just won’t wear them again.  (They’re off to charity, by the way.)

Dressing up or down at the start of the day is a joy I look forward to, and I have an inkling this new approach to decluttering will not be restricted to my wardrobe.

WordPress prompt: Inkling

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