Life Lately/Getting Out of a Creative Rut

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I’ve been in a bit of a rut the past few days.  I just don’t feel like doing anything productive at all.  In some ways, it’s probably a sign that I need a break, but I also have some things that need to be done in the next few days that I just keep putting off, which isn’t exactly a good thing.  After spending several hours on my computer today, I decided I needed to do something to get my motivation back.  I figured I might as well do a few sewing projects I have been putting off for months.  Today, for the first time since I returned to college, I finally pulled out my sewing machine.  I didn’t really sew anything new, but I needed to make a few repairs.  I’ve had a washcloth that had a seam that had come undone last year, and which I had never gotten around to repairing, so I finally sewed it back together.  I also have a sweater that has had a hole for awhile.  I repaired it last year, but apparently didn’t do the best job, so I repaired it once again (by hand).  I also plugged in a bunch of things that needed charging (like both of my cameras).  

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I think it was a good decision.  Although I’ve been painting and sculpting for my art courses, I haven’t been very good at creating things for me (or others) lately.  Perhaps this will get me going again.  I have a few sewing projects I need to do by Thanksgiving break (for Christmas presents), so I have things I could be creating, but I’ve been a bit low on motivation.  I’ve realized that sometimes, you just need to do something, anything, creative to get you back in the hang of things.  So hopefully what I’ve done today helps me in the next few weeks.

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I have a few busy weeks coming up, but it’s important to take a break, so hopefully I’ll get back to creating new things.  I only have four weeks left until Thanksgiving Break!  We’ve begun working with stone in sculpture, and the other day, we played around with some small pieces.  I made a small heart.  It’s far from perfect, but I was surprised at how easy the stone is to file away.

2013-10-25 13.33.10Hopefully my piece for the actual assignment turns out so well.  So far, I like the process much more than with wood.  In painting, we are working on our nude assignment.  We had to pick a historic nude painting, crop it to our preference, replicate it, and then add a tattoo.  I’m getting closer to being finished with the body for my painting, but I haven’t picked out a tattoo or placement for the tattoo yet.

I apologize for the random nature of this post, hopefully I haven’t rambled too much.  Have a lovely week!