Wednesday, July 1, 2009

the lure to be creative



after a long day of work i usually find myself wandering around the house or yard snapping photos. then i run to the art room to view and alter to my heart's content. i am so amazed at how much time can just flitter away while i putter like this. yesterday i got home around 5:40 and bill got home around 7:40. i had spent all of that time just playing around and could not think of one productive thing that i had accomplished. and then i wonder -- should i feel guilty about this? yes, i need to pay a few bills. and yes, there is dust on my furniture. i bought 2 small pots of woody thyme over 2 weeks ago and they are still in the pots, patiently waiting to be placed in their new home in the front flower bed. presley needs a haircut and a bath. but, still the lure of being creative is too strong for me to resist. i've become a pro at rationalization. i work hard all day long, i deserve to play in the evening. we rarely have company so who cares if my house needs a little sprucing up? i fear my passion is becoming all-consuming. is this how drug users feel? hee hee

so for those of you who understand this lure to be creative, i leave you with a few photos showing the ways i love to thoroughly waste time. enjoy wasting time with me??!!






21 comments:

WW said...

Julie....you're not alone.
I waste all the time I can get my hands on...lol
I like to think it's not a waste at all :)
I just LOVE the photo with the glass.

willow said...

Being creative is NEVer a waste of time. In fact, I'm a firm believer that puttering fuels creativity! :D

Betsy said...

The one thing about chores...they will wait for you always! ha-ha!

Joanna said...

I totally know how it is to get lost in the creative process. Being in the flow is the best excuse of all for ignoring the dusting. I love the second photo.

Kerri Jean said...

You have your priorities completely in order. Make more art, dust less, pay bills when you must. It's wonderful when you enjoy the process -- and it shows in all that you create.

Drea said...

Oh, that's me!! There are so many things I should be doing but I just can't put..the...yarn...down! Can't do it. "Creativity is a drug I cannot live without." Cecil B. DeMille

katie jane said...

This is so me! I do the same thing and feel the same way. My bathrooms have been waiting days to be cleaned and dusting? What is dusting? I used to feel guilty about that, but now, like you, I feel it is my play time. Heck, I work AND take care of the house, so I deserve a little play time too! (My problem now is that I spend so much time blogging that I have even less creative time.)

Jennifer said...

Fun pictures!! I totally agree with you. I often wonder how all those minutes... half hours... hours fly by?! Time flies when you are having fun I guess.

Shannon said...

I've come to believe that wasting time is the best use of time! I find I have more beautiful photographs when I take time with the world around me. When I"m in a rush... nothing turns out the way I want!

julie king said...

thanks, everyone, for your kind encouragement in support of goofing off!! it's 4:30 and I'm leaving work to go take photos and generally have fun!

go creative spirits!!!

Paris said...

You are so much fun! =) And I love your comment below:

" i fear my passion is becoming all-consuming. is this how drug users feel? hee hee"

hahaha

steviewren said...

Julie, I am a puttering time waster extraordinaire! I know just how you feel. I chaff at the bit while at work, wishing I was home and doing something creative with my time too. I say hire a maid to clean the house...life is short...be creative!

Auburn Kat said...

I agree, being creative is never a waste of time either! I wish I was creative more often than I am!

cindy said...

From someone who doesn't have a creative gene in her body, I say to you, Go Girl!
Besides, couldn't you call creativity your passion?

Enjoy your site!

Christine said...

I think your priorities are exactly in the right order! the dust will just come back anyway. your lovely art is an accomplishment.

Kelly said...

i hear ya sister! :-) these are all very fun.

Kristy Worden said...

This is how I feel when I'm writing - I can play with the words, twisting them around, looking for a synonym that's better until boom! an hour or two has disappeared. Who cares about clean!

Jacqui said...

Keep on puttering! Thyme will wait for you.
Have a lovely holiday weekend over there. xx

supplies overflowing! said...

Ouch- if you try to squish your creativity down, what would become of you?
No matter how much I clean, there is always more to do. The dust always settles again- right where I've just cleaned. Then there is the clutter....
Close your eyes to that and keep creating!
j.
p.s. I had to laugh out loud at your comment to me about my painting- "I need a make-over, I need a make-over"

Julie-ann said...

Love the flower, amazing the colours you can change! Great photos!
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Thought I would write back to you before I go of to snooze land!
Sweet dreams and thank you!

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

Love your photos!! You are so creative. I feel is great when you enjoy what you do without worrying about what needs to be done like chores, it's never a waste of time when your creating it's the best time. A time to play is wonderful for the spirit. The rest would have to wait!

You have your priorities in check. A time for you is important, the rest always falls into when there's a flow to everything and you have that.