Perspective From a Creative Eddy

IMG_1416The studio is cleaned and I am occupying myself with small tasks
IMG_1418 that have gone by the wayside in favor of loftier goals.  That would include painting my hallway, mending, making greeting cards, and doing a bit of experimentation with using my slab roller (for clay) as a printing press.

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photo courtesy empiricalzeal.com 

Taking stock of my situation, I am in a creative “eddy.” As a kayaker, I find that the sport and rivers offer so many metaphors for life.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, eddy, it is “ a circular movement of water, counter to the main current, causing a small whirlpool”.  You find these on the back side of rocks or behind a point that extends out into a river.  Sometimes you get sucked into them inadvertently, and other times you purposely “eddy-out” to get out of the flow of the river to rest and regroup

I sort of got sucked into one, which now I think is a good thing.  It was a challenging spring with my elderly mother being ill, and kayak-clipart-Guide-kayakthen my 91-year-old father finally succumbing to Parkinson’s in early May.  Then off to 4 weeks of travel shortly after his celebration of life including a very intense weeklong printmaking workshop in Ireland. That was akin to a big stretch of whitewater to paddle. And here I am disoriented and tired.  So maybe resting in a creative eddy isn’t such a bad place to be.  By nature, I am a very goal oriented person but hard as it is, I need to get “out of the current” before I head in the wrong direction.

IMG_1419So chillin’ it is.  My well-worn guidebook in this situation is Julie Cameron’s “Walking in this World,”(sequel to “Artist’s Way”) a lifesaver for those with creative challenges.  Until I catch up on myself, going with the flow means I am going to enjoy the river from the edge, in a safe eddy.

 

 

Dancing Alone

My muse lost me

Or did I lose her?

I turn around and she is gone

The music plays on

But there is no one to dance with

I sit alone against the wall

Head down

Tears welling

Despondence my escort

The music plays on

I must find the courage

To rise and dance alone

To take those awkward first steps

In time she will come and take my hand

And we will dance together again

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(Also published on “Poet’s Corner”)

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