Here Comes The Rain Again
I don’t know if it’s the downturn in the weather or the fact that most of the muscle groups in my body are screaming (brutal Yoga Fit class), but it’s been a rough weekend.
Just two days ago I was commenting on how I’d managed to avoid feeling low this winter. It’s as if by mentioning it I called it upon myself.
Today I decided to push through and work off my to-do list. Though I got quite a bit done, it wasn’t smooth sailing. My studio mojo was definitely disrupted and I wasn’t able to shake those all too familiar Thoughts Of Despair.
T.O.D. – as I affectionately refer to the ennui – is an ornery guest who, once he arrives on the doorstep of my psyche, inevitably outstays his welcome.
Several years ago I made a list of things I could do that might interrupt his process and get me back on track quickly and painlessly.
I wonder if my weekend would have been less grumpy if I’d abandoned my to-do list and chose one of the options below:
Strategies For Eliminating T.O.D.
- Go spend an afternoon at the Vancouver Art Gallery (make it social, call a friend)
- Go see what’s on at a couple of Artist Run Centres
- Peruse one of the many art books at your disposal
- Perform an UAA [oo-ahh] (Unscheduled Art Activity) in the studio
- Clean your studio
- Go to the library, ECU or Central – poke around – read current issues of art mag’s
- Read other artist’s bios
- Go to Pulp Fiction, Oscar’s or Chapter’s – find inspirational books for research
- Go to Value Village or Sally Ann – find inspirational objects
- Accomplish an admin task from admin to-do list
- Watch inspirational art movie – Rivers & Tides, How to Draw a Bunny, etc.
- Go for a walk
- Catch up on email correspondence
- Write something creative: journal entry, poem, short story
- See what free events are on at the VPL
- Browse through your sketchbook/work in your sketchbook
How to you react when T.O.D. visits you? What’s on your strategy list?