|But what if being in it with all your heart,|
just isn't good enough?!
I suppose that realisation is a success, of a sort.
I had a lot of gardening to do today and so the creative process has been taken outside and into the polytunnel. Can I be creative in the garden, I wonder? I spend ages planting up 12 little broad bean plants, carefully making sure that they are all the same distance apart - it pleases my inner gardening artist to see them planted up. Or perhaps it's my inner Gardening Nazi that likes to see them neatly standing to attention.....I wonder whether this counts as a Creative Project for Day 8?
By Jimminy it was hot in that polytunnel! At around 1pm I admitted defeat and retired to the cool interior of the house - to do some ironing and get a shopping line together.
I had some cherries for my lunch and I decided to recycle their packaging into some kind of storage for my packets of seeds. So that's creative, right?
Truthfully, I'm struggling to get everything fitted in to my day!
How do creatives find the time to do all their muse-driven art, the housework, their gardening, their shopping AND manage to face the day washed and dressed? It's beyond me.
Although I AM managing to get dressed every day, let me ASSURE YOU.
I'm enjoying Grayson Perry's memoir - although I find bits of it quite startling, being a sort of conservative gal. Not the cross-dressing or the sexual thrill of it, I find that quite charming, really. But the art. Some of the art utterly
In turn, my being baffled then depresses me. I'm never going to get the hang of this arty stuff. I'm going to end up drowning in words with no art lifeboat on the horizon :-/
I am finding lots of amazing quotes by artists, about art:
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art"
- Leonardo Da Vinci
That's a big problem for me, I just don't know how to get the spirit to come out of my hands and onto the paper. Maybe I'm still too focused on trying to produce something that is actually worth showing you. I haven't given myself fully over to the process...
Well at least I'm starting to SOUND like an artist.
I am also discovering that while I'm happy to spend vast deserts of time noodling away with watercolours, I'm getting increasingly anxious about work that I know I must write ...
If you are arty and creative, give me some hints and tips - I need all the help I can get!