Thursday, May 15, 2008


ok. no sugar coating the truth today. i am struggling with lack of motivation!! this has always been a problem for me when i have too much time on my hands. i love the big list of tasks and the push to get everything done. if i'm not loaded down with things to do i just kind of wallow around in a haze of malaise. i forced myself to finish the waterlillies canvas above and it was almost painful. i just couldn't get into it and and felt frustrated, out-of-sorts and totally non-creative while working on it. i fear it shows big time! big sigh!!!

so here's the list of things i need to do:

1) contact local art galleries about placing my work (intimidating!)
2) get online and apply for jobs (boring!)
3) clean up the art room (been there, done that!)
4) spring clean the house (yuck!)
5) quit feeling sorry for myself and do something (obvious!)

and, here's the list of things i want to do:

1) have lunch with my old co-workers (ok, so we've all moved on. quit dwelling in the past!!!)
2) walk on the beach (too bad ohio is land locked)
3) eat one of those blonde brownie with ice cream and warm sauce desserts at applebee's all by myself (i usually share with my hubby!)
4) go shopping at a flea market to buy tons of new vintage ephemera (maybe this weekend!)
5) go shopping for new duds (need to get a job first!)

and finally, here's the list of things i'm going to do:

1) fix a yummy lunch with fresh fruit (good for the body!)
2) go for a long walk and sing along with kenny chesney on my ipod (good for the morale!)
3) look for a new dog on (good for presley and me to have a new friend!)
4) clear the art room of all the negative energy (good for the soul!)
5) cut myself a break and embrace this change as a good start to exciting new things (good for me!)

later, friends. i have important things to do!!!


Auburn Kat said...

I've been struggling with my motivation after work! Staring at a computer screen and reading financial packages is tiring!

Megan said...

Having your list of tasks and the push to get them done.....PRICELESS!

Remember....Life isn't about weathering the storm, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

So turn on some music and start dancing already!!!

Hang in there Mom! I love you!

julie king said...

maybe it's something in the air then, auburn kat! hope you get motivated soon!

julie king said...

note to self -- try dancing in the rain tomorrow!!! thanks, megan, you ARE the wind beneath my wings! (said with tears in eyes . . .smile!)


great post julie - looks like things are a good mix. i love the piece too!

AlasMyDear said...

no, i didn't see that in your lilies at all. it looks just as fine as all the rest of your lovely collages. and i mean it!

you've got the list...that's half the battle already! now to stick to it :)

i think listening to the ipod is a really good idea :) i do that all the time while crafting...i find it helps me!

quaint handmade said...

i love the finished piece - it's lovely. your lists are very creative, too. sometimes, i find that just checking off a few things on a to do list gets me motivated. you'll get there, even if you re-write them!

Christina said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog.

I too struggle with motivation. Looks like you have it in perspective though.

Embrace the journey.

Your art is beautiful and inspiring.


Deb Neerman said...

Finished = Perfection!!

You need to be in a gallery selling these to your eager fans ... you have such a huge talent!! You're my new idol ...

~Hugs, Deb

Ginger said...

I agree with alasmydear; the lilies look beautiful. I like that in-progress picture, too.

Sounds like lack of motivation is a malady all of us creative souls share. I love this quote on your sidebar: "You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." --rabindranath tagore--

femme hesse said...

I can totally relate. I work from my home studio and sometimes just can't get going on the necessary things. I'd rather be out in my backyard gardening than painting, etc.
I really love your work by the way. I saw your comment on Pink Funny Farm regarding one of my paintings, thanks.


JafaBrit's Art said...

oh I do miss the seaside sigh!!!!! The smell, the sound, and sitting and staring at the ocean.