Thursday, 23 April 2009

A Change of Mindset

I've spent almost a week redecorating our bathroom. I even painted the floor which was too traumatic. Sanding floors - never again! I'm pleased with the results and relieved it's all done but when I tried to get back to drawing and painting, I felt stuck.
This always happens to me when I've had a break from it. Some people say it's good to have a break but I'm not so sure today. I feel I've lost my momentum. I'm the queen of procrastination today which is weird because once I've started to draw or paint I lOve it!
Having said all that, I've been doodling with some watercolour and produced these 2 little pictures. I think I need to do more of this, just playing and seeing what happens without worrying about it.

21 comments:

soulbrush said...

interesting viuewpoint, when i stop for a while i can't get into it again. thought you had painted your walls with these pics....ha ha

Diane said...

these are adorable. You have not lost any momentum...
a reno, no matter how tiny, will undo me too!

Jessie Lilac said...

Joss, I've done something really radical (for me!)in the bathroom, I've painted the walls cream and the woodwork white! Believe me, people I know will be shocked, they're used to my very bright colours through the rest of the house ;)
Hi Diane,I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Carolee said...

I'm the same, mostly after a vacation - very hard to get back into the swing of things. But once I start, I can't stop..

Love your watercolors! :)

~ Carolee

Buskitten said...

Hi Jessie! I agree with you totally! The same thing happens to me - if I get into gardening mode, I become a gardener, and then I can't draw....also, my hands get all yukky and messed up, and that means I can't draw either! It's so anoying! Ditto decorating, same as you! Hey, can we see pics of the bathroon - I'm psyching myself up for a stint of decorating, like the whole house! I have to sort of menatlly get in training for it, like an althete! It's so weirs, are you like this too! Haha!

Buskitten said...

Sorry, got over excited, and squillions of spelling mistakes! Also love doodles and Coy Penguin rocks!

Jessie Lilac said...

Thanks Liz! I mix up my typing a LOT so I don't notice if other people do it! ;)

Coreopsis said...

I totally think that "playing around" is a good idea for getting going. I wasn't making any art at all until a friend from out of town came to visit and we spent the weekend playing with art supplies--making dozens of little pictures. One of the cool things about this is that hers were all totally her and mine were all totally me--and it looks here like yours are totally you. They're way fun little drawings.

I too have found that it's easier to keep momentum going than to try to restart. But it looks like you're doing a fabulous job.

violette said...

Jessie - your paintings are adorable. I know what you mean about losing momentum though....it happens to me too so i just like to doodle a bit even when i don't have much time for a real drawing or painting.
Hey......can you do May 6th for my blog tour?

Thanks so much.
e-mail me your questions and which prize you want okay?

Love, Violette

Julia Guthrie said...

I know what you mean, I call it 'ebbs & flows'...when you're in an ebb the inspiration or motivation just disapears! lol
I think you're doing well to paint anything while in an ebb:)
xxx

Jessie Lilac said...

Thankyou! :)

Kim said...

It is best not to worry, Sweet Jess! I think sometimes we just have to listen to the muse and yours sure sounds like they want or need you to take a break. I am this way when I have to step outside of myself...and I seem to have to do that a lot. So I would not worry. It seems like the playing you are doing it moving you in that direction as they are really fun!

tlc illustration said...

Love the polka-dotty backgrounds in these. The girl is very sweet.

I know what you mean. I do not 'switch gears' very gracefully either. It always takes a bit to work up to a smooth pace again.

Lea said...

I love the first picture,
your paintings of the women are beautiful

the enigma said...

lovely work!

krisztina maros said...

yes, I agree with you about: just let yourself playing without worrying about it... just look at this blue cat! he's wonderful and really happy! it seems he was born to be free and for love :)

Jessie Lilac said...

Ahh..such sweet comments :)

jeff34 said...

I like very much your style of drawing and its colours ! I discover your blog incidentally and I want to accompany you because I like your drawings ! See you soon ! Just a minute please... I have a pixelfriend and his name is Owen ! It's the best member of blogger galaxy ! Te marres pas de mon anglais Owen ! C'est le traducteur qui opère !... Ahhh ! On est pas mal ici ! Ils servent quoi tu penses ? Je prendrais bien un petit verre de vin d'orange !...
Thanks a lot Jessie !...

Silver Knight said...

beautiful colors!

Jessie Lilac said...

Thankyou! :)

Jasmijn Paauwe said...

I love this, love your work