Thursday, 31 January 2013
In the Studio
In the past few days I have spend more time than is strictly good for me in the studio. I don't know if I'm suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affected Depression) or if I'm just sad in general but my creative mojo has taken leave of absence. The weather has been unrelentingly grey, wet, windy and dismal and taking the dogs for walks means spending ages getting kitted out (that's me and the greyhound!) and coming back requires just as much time taking off all those layers again, this time dripping with rain. There is no opportunity to stand still and look around for photo opportunities (and I don't want to expose my camera to the weather in any case). And today there was so much water on the old railway line that it was almost lapping over the top of my knee high pink wellies. Maybe I'm suffering from cabin fever!
Strangely I have made massive progress work wise but even that hasn't been enough to cheer me up. All I can do is sit it out as I'm by now old and wise enough to realize that these moods will eventually pass of their own accord and the best thing I can do is get out of my own way and wait for more positive feelings to flood in. I can sometimes speed up the process by going somewhere but in this weather that's really not an option and I have vouched to not go on online spending sprees which is in any case a short time solution.
I'm hickupping against sitting down behind my computer screen and making a start on the 52 Journals Blurb book and that has a lot to do with that bad mood. I would much rather be doing than writing about the done work but I also know writing that book is a worthwhile project that I should get on with rather than putting it at the top of my To Do list each and every week since the start of this year.
Blipping has also been difficult and today I'm yet again featuring a blip that is in my own idea an "easy" option in that I'm featuring a detail from my studio as seen above. I castigate myself for not searching out something a bit more interesting and fascinating from a photography point of view which I know will make my bad mood worse! A kick up the backside is what I need to give myself! Tomorrow will be a new and hopefully better day! I wasn't going to write such a negative blog post but such days are just as much part of my artist's life as other better, happier times and in fairness to you, who are reading this (THANKS!) I decided to be honest with you.