Thursday, January 25, 2007

Getting Centered

"Veil I", acrylics/collage painting on 24" x 30" canvas, ©2006

Today was one of those frustrating days where I feel like I'm bouncing around between ideas and activities like a ball in a pinball machine. It started off pretty well, and I got some painting done, then I started bouncing around. I still haven't found my center, my creative rhythm, since the holidays spun me so far off balance, and today was just further proof of that.

At about 4:00 I finally called a halt and stopped. Earlier I had read an idea on Accidental Creative, a site I've recently discovered, and I decided to give it a try right then and there.

"Spend 20 minutes in silence. No distractions, no noise, no tech stuff. Breathe deeply. Then re-engage."

It worked wonders. I lit a candle, drank a cup of tea, and now I feel so much better. I recommend it highly. Over the next few days, I'm going to focus on regaining my creative balance. I'll let you know how it goes.


andrea said...

Sounds suspiciously like meditation to me...

Gabrielle said...

Hi Angela! I am tagging you! to see what it means pop by my blog and see if you want to play.

I have days like that too. I remember our 2nd year drawing professor told us to do something very similar. He said to close your eyes and totally empty your brain for 5 minutes, then look at your work.

Chriss said...

Sorry to hear of your frustration. I know we all have those days. Just popped in to say I love that painting -- the colours are just fabulous!

Angela Rockett said...

Andrea: Yep, definitely very much like meditation. I haven't been making time for such things lately, so it was nice to have a reminder, and to actually do it.

Gabrielle: Thanks for the tag. Your drawing teacher had a great idea. It's always good to be able to take a moment and get back into the moment and face what you're doing consciously.

Chriss: Thanks! I'm in love with the colors on this piece too. I feel like it represents a new level of creative accomplishment for me, one I reached when I was in my creative rhythm last fall.

Into the Blystic said...

Angela... well if this piece is an indication of finding center... I can't wait to see more work! Stunning... great use of complements! powerful and I love it! namaste Elis.