Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring Fever

Now that it's finally really spring, I have Spring Fever big time.  I haven't wanted to do much of anything these past few days except sit in the sun on my patio and watch the bamboo grow.  That probably wouldn't be such a terrible way to spend my days, if I weren't feeling so guilty about it!

This is actually the first time in my life where I don't need to stress over earning a living.  I really can take things more easily now, I have enough money coming in so that I don't have to be constantly strategizing how I'm going to make it.  And I can see that it's going to take me a while to "debrief," to relax, to stop pushing myself, since I've been in that mode for over 40 years.

So I'm finding myself really unmotivated to make any art at the moment.  I am tinkering a bit with collage-making in little spurts most days.  But those couple of quilts that I have ready to go...but I just don't feel compelled to move on them.  It's possible things will change by the time you read this, but likely not. 

The Zen thing for me to do is to just go with this transitory time.  Just embrace it, be with it, don't try to change it.  And if I write anything more about it, I'll start analyzing myself, so I won't. 

The collage above is from my collection of new works.  This piece is 4x4 inches ~ I'm working in a variety of sizes, from these tiny ones up to 11x17 inches.  They'll start appearing on Collage Journey beginning Wednesday, May 4.


Sandra Rude said...

Take a deep breath. Relax. That's a wonderful mix of patterning, btw.

Nora said...

I'm glad to hear that you don't have to push yourself so hard anymore. Anything you do now will be for sheer enjoyment. I like your little collage. I think it's reflective of it.

Deb Levy said...

Great collage Connie. And I'm so happy that you are in a good, relaxing place in your life now, so that you and BeeGee can enjoy it.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

I love it!

You are in one of those adjustment/assessing periods.What a blessing to be financially stable. Will be going through one of those myself soon as I adjust for lowered income.lol

susan christensen said...

C - thank you for this most helpful post. I find myself suddenly in transit, going to help Mother with aging Father's medical emergency (he's in ICU in Denver). I see collage in my future as I work out of my Mother's studio. Also drawing, of course. Enjoy your Zen time, it all will play into the next body of work. sus

tiedyejudy said...

Good for you!!! Sunshine, less stress, a good time to enjoy and not worry! It is a transition, however. I've been doing the same for about 2 1/2 years now... finally to the point when if I want to nap, I nap. If I want to create, I create. Right now, I want to play in the yard... read a little, listen to the birds. I think we enjoy the little things more when we have had to struggle to get where we are, don' you?