During my hectic summer and fall, I often wished for some time to just breathe, reassess, and create at a slower pace. And guess what? I've got just that, right now. My kids' art classes have been reduced from 6 per week to 3 (due to no or low enrollment), my next artist residency won't start again for 2-3 weeks, and my next show, exhibition, or workshop events aren't until April or beyond.
So, I got what I wished for.
Am I happy about it?
Of course not!
Have I been using this free time wisely? Probably not, but I'm still getting used to having it.
Some recent pursuits:
I've tweaked the blog a bit. I didn't realize I could change the background image (it used to be an old map of the world, provided by blogger.com), so I played with an image of an African fabric I've always liked, and learned how to resize and redesign images online, for free as a result.
I've also developed new lessons for my kids' classes. My favorite is the "Bottle Bird". Stan and Melanie think I should name it a "Booze Bottle Bird," since it's made from a recycled wine bottle. Somehow, I think the parents of the 5- to 10-year olds will be less than enthused about that!
I've been using Pinterest a great deal, especially on my new Samsung Galaxy Tab3, a Christmas gift from my dear husband (thank you, hunny!). I find it an invaluable resource for inspiration for teaching and in my own work.
Speaking of my own work, I haven't been doing any. Still stuck in that creative malaise. I'll snap out of it eventually, and until I do, I know better than to try to force it. Meanwhile, I'll be pinning and reading, absorbing, planning and organizing (yes, I'm a Virgo, and that's what we do when we're stuck).