The Fuel of Creativity

“Down time is where we become ourselves…a hiatus that passes for boredom but is really the quiet moving of the wheels inside that fuel creativity.” – Anna Quindlen

Today is the first day in my little neck of the woods that is going to rise out of the -30 to -50 windchill weather I have been surrounded by.  I have been forced into a sort of hibernation for the past week and a half due to the  substantially sub zero temperatures that have engulfed the part of Canada that I live in.  I was thinking about what to blog about this morning, and I felt at a bit of a loss.  I have spent a week indoors with my husband, cat and dog so I have not had a lot of in depth conversations that sometimes provide a spark for my entries.

I started reflecting on what exactly I have been doing with myself over the past couple of weeks.  What I realized was that I seem to have had a resurgence in creative endeavors and a strong sense of inquisitiveness.  I have been painting more.  I always paint a fair amount.  However, I have been exploring other mediums and have discovered new artists that have lit a spark in me.  I fell in love with the work of Laly Mille and she has inspired me to do more work with collage, which I always find daunting.  I created a handmade journal with a page for each month that I am going to create using her methods.  Super excited to try something new.  I also have so many art supplies that I have bought over the years that I have tried once and decided I didn’t like them.  One such product is Dylusions Spray Inks.  They always made such a mess when  I tried to use them in the past.  I started playing around with them today and am going to try to experiment with different ways to see if I can get them to work with me and not against me.

I have also read a ton of books while hibernating, both fiction and non-fiction.  I have learned of numerous authors that I am now inspired to read their works.  I have also been listening to podcasts on different topics that are now going to be staples in things that I follow.  Music has also filled my days in the background.  Spotify has been my best friend in the cold and has introduced me to artists that I love that were unknown to me in milder weather.

Sometimes what bad weather can do for us, is force us to look for new paths.  Without the horrible cold, which I still do not like, I would not have found the creative inspiration that I have this January.  It came at a great time as tomorrow I go for my next infusion that will put me down and out for a few days.  At least I have some great things to listen to and watch for during my time of healing. I am the kind of person who likes to be busy and out and about.  However, it was just the break I needed with the cold to fuel up my previously waning creativity.

Hope you can find what you fuels you up this week.


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