Sunday, September 4, 2011

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942


The creative process really sucks sometimes.  I was so pumped  to get going on my mermaid mosaic.  I have literally been jabbering about it for a year to anyone who would listen.  I had found a piece of coral that inspired me. It literally screamed "Mermaid!" (or Dolly Parton but worm shell hair would not work for Dolly)  Nine months later after gathering all the shells I needed I found the perfect frame at a thrift store. I was gaining creative momentum.   I primed the frame and was just pondering my adhesive choices when bam.... life happened.  The Hubbs went into the hospital for 10 days & he has been my focus ever since.  

As a blogger there are many lots of times that I stare blankly at the screen trying to dredge up some clever witty idea from deep within my right brain to post about. You know the feeling - My last post was 5 days ago - What can I write about?  Today I stared at that blank canvas for hours hoping something - anything would magically appear.  But it didn't. The day wasn't a total creative loss.  I made a new pasta recipe with that flavored cream cheese with garlic & Italian herbs.  It was fantastic. So, how do you get the creative juices flowing? I'm thinking tomorrow I will go buy my adhesive grout & Mod Podge & threaten the empty canvas with a few shells. (Prime the pump, so to speak) If that doesn't do it - I will take a step back, punt, & head to the beach.

Starting & finishing are easy - it's the part in the middle that is the challenge.


5 comments:

  1. Some beach time should be all you need to get those creative juices flowing! If by chance it doesn't...just take out your shells, study them, and play around with them a while. That usually does it for me :D

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  2. Yeah, move those shells around like pieces in a magic show. Sooner or later inspiration is going to hit. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  3. I suspect your inner mermaid has undergone a few changes during your husband's health problems. Maybe you just need a quiet space to reintroduce yourselves!

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  4. I little beach time should get you inspired. I know that hanging in the hospital is a real wake up call. Over a year later I can honestly say that I have to dig a little deeper for my creative mojo sometimes. Since I don't have a beach near me to get me really inspired, I resort to sorting and purging supplies while cleaning my creative space. In the meantime, I am counting down from 33 days and doing a little virtual beach walking on the webcams and blogs!! Boy the Gulf is boiling today!!!

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  5. I am so glad to see an update on the mermaid. Since the day you "teased" us with her pieces, I have been checking your blog daily, and sometimes even 2x a day! : ) I just can't wait to see how she comes out. I also have been inspired by you to gather some shells to make me a mermaid. I live in South Louisian on the Gulf. Thanks for inspiring me and have a blessed day.

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