When I started this blog, it was as much with the intention of chronicling my creative life for myself as well as to share with others. It has definitely been a fiber arts blog until now ~ knitting and quilting, mostly. I hadn't meant to step away for as long as I have. It started with a few busy weeks with family guests and when things settled back into routine, I found I was simply tired of all of my projects. Everything. Sick.of.them.
So I took a little break from stitching. Except that it was still nagging at me every time I walked by my sewing room. I decided to strip my design wall clean, fold up all of the scattered projects and tuck away any hints of WIP. It felt great. But then something else started nagging at me ~ a longstanding intention to get back to painting, something I'd stopped when my kids were little. It seemed the perfect change.
I won't lie. It took me days to put pencil and brush to paper, although I had all of the supplies on hand. And once I did, it was a little stressful, exercising those eye-to-hand muscles after all those years. (And now, with progressive lenses!) I pulled out some of the many dishes I've brought back from trips to Japan and China. Truthfully, most had been purchased with the intention of eventually using in still life set-ups, though I may not ever have said it out loud.
After numerous *bowl studies*, I pulled out perhaps my favorite book in my personal library, a wonderful, large book, Russian Textiles, by Susan Meller. I had so much fun with the patterning on the bowls, I wanted to try interpreting some of the gorgeous colorful cloth. Or, how about the inside lining of a man's khalat sleeve?
So, this is what I've been doing during my blog absence. Truly, I wasn't sure I wanted to share this. Two things compelled me to, finally. I've been getting a number of 'is everything ok?' emails...I love my usual back-and-forth with all of you and I've missed showing up. But also, I decided to 'fess up because I know that a number of you needlework friends also have thought about returning to an earlier love of drawing and painting. So do it! Come on in, the water's fine! Truly, I'm really, really enjoying this and I'll bet that you will too.
And guess what? I'm starting to get the itch to stitch again, although I won't be packing my paints away. I don't expect such a long break until my next post, but it will be a couple of weeks at least as we are heading to China in the morning to visit our son & DIL. My sketchbook is packed and I've left room enough in my bag to bring back some things that I might like to add to my still life trove. Always on the hunt!
At the risk of redundancy, if you're a little burned out on your projects, pack them away for a bit and try something different! (And for my northern hemisphere friends, at least) it's summer vacation, after all!
***And a little housekeeping ~ Since Google Reader closed, I've been using Bloglovin' with good results. You can follow me there, the link's in my sidebar.