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leaning into the lull

Photo from several months ago of me snuggling my pug puppy nephew, Oliver.

 

I had great aspirations for the collage to art quilt project. I was pumped and I got my test prints and then it happened….

The art slump showed up.

I posted on facebook about this, how I feel artistically stuck and unable to get into anything even resembling a groove and there was a chorus of “me too” comments. One commented even called it “pandemic paralysis”. That feels like an accurate description.

I hate everything I’m making right now. This isn’t the first time I’ve gone through this kind of phase. I want to work. I want to be creative. But I am just not moving to do the work or I hate what I’ve managed to produce.

So. Here’s my plan. I’m going to put away all my art supplies for now. Clear the decks so I don’t have to look at the failed attempts and I don’t feel the pressure of “I should make something” when I see a thread or fabric out that is just the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen.

I’m going to watch video classes on Skillshare (just want to spend time learning art stuff without the commitment of actually having to MAKE something) and I’m going to watch terrible horror movies and read and finish up my organizing and rearranging. I need Art Brain to be busy but I don’t need her to feel pressured to create when we are just plain tired and worn out. There’s really no other way to put it. This year has been brutal and we are just going to use the rest of it to make our immediate environment into the Lynn Land we’ve been dreaming of for a bit.

If you are feeling the same, I hope you will embrace the lull with me. Be kind to your artist self and just let yourself be for a while.

Love you all and to all my American friends – Happy Thanksgiving!

10 Comments
  • Patti Devine
    Posted at 13:42h, 26 November Reply

    Love this, Lynn. When my art
    brain needs a lull, kindness comes in several ways- little low creativity projects- mask making, pillow cases and bowl cozies during this Pandemic, And yes, taking a virtual workshop or getting creative inspiration and enthusiasm from others.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jen Mullen
    Posted at 13:59h, 26 November Reply

    We do what we need to do and when we need to. I’ve had frequent lulls interspersed with intense interests. Frantic housecleaning one day, one day of creative activity (hoping for more and disappointed), reading every day, a day or two of “who cares” about a clean house or embroidery or decorating mail art or getting out of pajamas before noon. Love the comment that you ” need Art Brain to be busy but I don’t need her to feel pressured.” An online workshop sounds like a great way to do that!

  • Carolyn Mullem
    Posted at 14:12h, 26 November Reply

    Thank you 💓 so much for this. I really needed your kind words to help dissolve the guilt I feel when I cannot create. Wishing you a peaceful lull and a Happy Thanksgiving.
    🙏🙏🙏

  • Carolyn Mullen
    Posted at 14:13h, 26 November Reply

    Thank you 💓 so much for this. I really needed your kind words to help dissolve the guilt I feel when I cannot create. Wishing you a peaceful lull and a Happy Thanksgiving.
    🙏🙏🙏

  • Beth Schnellenberger
    Posted at 14:23h, 26 November Reply

    I’m right there with you. I want to make art, but it just isn’t happening. I feel guilty all the time (when I’m doing something else) feeling like I should be making something since I have the time. Something that has helped me, though, is doing some “mindless“ work. Following a pattern or using a kit and just sewing feels really good right now. I think we just have to be kind to ourselves. This is a hard time to go through – especially by yourself.

  • Susan Dunne-Lederhaas
    Posted at 15:06h, 26 November Reply

    Dearest Lynn,
    Be kind to yourself, and relax for a while! This year was super tough for me with Cancer surgery on my eyebrow, then Radiation.. In September, Aortic Valve replacement, which took a fair amount of preparation.. I am so very grateful for my new heart parts, but creativity barely exists..it is just the way life is.. There is a time to just hibernate and let your mind rest..Take it gracefully and enjoy the quiet and lack of drain on your beautiful creative mind! Hug that gorgeous puppy!
    Hugs, Susan

  • Nancy Davies
    Posted at 21:27h, 26 November Reply

    Some of the members of my fiber art group feel the same way. Back in the early summer, on a Zoom meeting, someone suggested that we set aside fiber for awhile and try something else. Alternate interests incluced woodworking, beading, multi-medium stuff, paints and inks, clay etc. I also like the suggestions of doing simple things like using a pattern, following an artist that you admire on you tube, on-line classes, and horrow movies. Let’s be kind to ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

  • Kathleen
    Posted at 22:51h, 26 November Reply

    My favorite movie this month: The Grand Seduction. It’s not a horror film but it’s wonderful.

    Thank you for taking on your journey, hard as it is, so that we can all learn along with you.

  • Denneen P
    Posted at 23:22h, 26 November Reply

    How interesting that I read this right after I cleared an art table completely. Mainly as the place for the tabletop Christmas tree, but also because it was too cluttered to make anything. It is a good feeling to see the clear space. And it’s ok for my art stuff to be away for a bit.

  • Martha Myers
    Posted at 02:23h, 27 November Reply

    Here’s hoping your mojo returns soon. I find it helpful to view work from other artists. And repetitive hand stitch. Anyway you’re taking care and that’s the important thing. Good instincts.

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