If this is a view into my current state of mind, my family is in trouble.
I’ve entitled this “Planet Kithra”, but as I said on Facebook, when I reflect on it, it looks, to me, like a hodgepodge of Green Eggs and Ham, Andromeda Strain, and Little Shop of Horrors. A frightful, psychedelic mess.
But I did have fun creating it. This past week, I finished up two editing jobs, have been editing shorties for First Response, and I’m back to writing One Hot Night, which I have to finish by the 8th—come Hell or high water! Because…it comes out on the 14th. Gah!
So, when I need brain breaks, I doodle and paint. This was me trying out my new tin of Neocolor crayons. When I had what looked like a weird aerial view of colorful farm fields and lakes, I didn’t have a clue what to do. So I thought, let’s tone it down a bit. I plopped white blobs of acrylic on top of it. Didn’t like that, so I put down aqua blobs on top of the white blobs. Then I got out a teal paint pen which immediately self-combusted forming awful big paint blobs which I decided looked cooler if I used the pen tip to make them look squigglier. Then I had this paintbrush pen I need to practice with, too, because I can’t control a thing I draw with it, and the leafy pods appeared. So, after I edited what I wrote yesterday on One Hot Night, I decided I was finished with this piece. Thank God. There’s no more damage I can do.
So, what are you doing when you get really, really bored on lockdown? Are you trying something new? I’m starting the abstract watercolor class I talked about before because the last of the tubes of paint I needed came yesterday. I hope with Laura Horn‘s help, I’ll produce something a little less…weird. 🙂
I love them, they appeal to my abstract heart. My son keeps bugging me to get back to painting after he unearthed the few paintings I have left. He loves drawing too and in the summer I got him a leather bound drawing book with handmade paper at a medieval fair. So we draw and critique our work, time well spent and our bond grows deeper.
I’m sleeping a lot more, and meditating. I’m finding that if I let it, my mind creates more dire scenarios even than that’s happening in the world, which is a common trait with PTS. It’s not fun. 🙂 I’m back to pin loom weaving (if you look up Zoom Loom on Google you’ll see what I mean); it’s one craft where I don’t have to have much skill or concentration to make something. It’s soothing.
I have yet to have a moment of downtime. I now have the whole family back in the house and the kids want me to teach them to cook, my dog needs daily PT and I still have my own work to do. It’s a lot! The one cool thing is that I can sleep in a little later each day.
Not particularly bored yet, but forcing myself to work on decluttering, LOL!
I love how colorful your paintings are! I’m not trying anything new and I’m not really bored. Reading and listening to books is still my favorite thing to do but writing reviews is hard right now. I just can’t seem to find the words even when I really love a book I’ve read.
I’ve spent only a tiny bit of time trying to de-clutter the house but hope to get more of that done during this stay-at-home time.
Eniko! You should get back into it! It’s a wonderful thing to inspire your son while you’re doing your own thing, too!
ACN! I have a pin loom, too! Haven’t used it yet, though. I tend to work with yarn in the cold months. I bought my loom at the same time I bought my potholder looms, so went whole-hog on potholders, but didn’t so much as set up the yarn on the pin loom. I’d love to see pics of what you make!
Jennifer! Sounds like our house. Who said the lockdown would be restful?
Fedora, can you come declutter my poor art room/office? I still have to turn sideways to get to my desk!
Susan, we authors love people using this crisis to read!!! And thanks for the compliment on my little journal art piece.
@Delilah – I post pics on both Instagram and FB, and I’ll post more. I haven’t yet done a piece on them in my craft blog, but that blog is getting ready for relaunch and should be fresh and ready for visitors in a couple weeks. (Damn COVID for slowing EVERYthing down, sigh.) 🙂
On IG, I’m @acatherinenoon. I’ll tag you on the next post; what I posted last night was actually a needlepoint base for a box I’m making FOR the pin loom. (The squirrels are strong with me right now, lol.)