“Foolin’ Around”

Jinx and Teego watching me work.

Jinx and Teego watching me work.

Some days are better than others.

I set a goal and make step-by-step plans on how to accomplish that goal. I make and stick to a list. I check off items on that list as things get accomplished. I set deadlines for myself and work to meet those deadlines.

And then….

there are some days in which no matter WHAT I do, I just can’t seem to get it all TOGETHER. Nothing appears to get done. The projects are waiting. I’ve got what I need. I can find the supplies, have the time, look around and then WHAM! I get blindsided by what might appear to be procrastination, but it’s really not. (At least I don’t think so.)

I’ll call it “Spinning Circles” for lack of a better term. I can’t seem to get anything accomplished, so I’ll go out in the barn, sit down at the wheel and begin to treadle. On the wheel I can feel the fiber passing through my fingers and my thoughts begin to flow with the movement of the wheel. I keep a notebook handy for when/if the solution to a problem, inspiration or idea strikes. I’ll write it down because I KNOW I won’t remember it later.

Another technique I use is called “Foolin’ Around.” I’ll take my camera with me and go for a walk in the back yard. I never know for sure what I might find, but it gets me up and moving. My imagination begins to look at things from a different point of view and that’s always a good beginning.

Jinx and Teego were a little curious when I came into the pasture with my camera. Soon I had some handspun yarns out for a photo shoot and it was more than they could bear. They came over to look. Did I have food? After spending almost two hours with a camera and the alpacas, I could begin again. Maybe I was working all along.

What do you do when you get “stuck” with thoughts or ideas in your creative projects? Although I might be spinning circles and fooling around, I’ll be making forward progress.

Today’s a good day for “Foolin’ Around.”

Happy Creating!

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6 responses to ““Foolin’ Around”

  1. Great post and photo, Paula. This week I decided to work on revamping my website when I was stuck in my painting and drawing. Sometimes just having a lot of projects at once helps me rotate through them, as one problem arises I move on where the solution often comes up and I can go back. So good to see you yesterday.

    • Thanks Beth. It was good to see you too.
      Actually (today) I’ve been “planting seeds” for upcoming activities and future projects, with a little networking thrown in for good measure.
      The studio is calling me and I will get something done I’m sure of it now. 🙂

  2. I love that photo! I’d love to see it bigger — the teeth are fabulous, and the brown legs showing underneath the matching brown yarn, all the vertical and horizontal stripes providing structure and color. You should enter that photo in a contest or send it for publication.

  3. First, it was great seeing you AND Beth last week. And I agree with Sandy about the photo – it’s terrific!

    If my mind is spinning, since I don’t actually spin something beautiful and constructive like you do, I go for a walk. That does the trick.
    (FYI – giving you a little shout-out in my artsyletters blog post tomorrow, which is technically just an hour or so from now. ;0) Thanks for braving the weather to come out to Art in the Square!)

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