Saturday, February 16, 2008

Waiting for the Muse

I'm finally feeling like I'm back to the land of the creative. My knee surgery was very successful. I'm out driving and going to the gym and PT.
I think most of the drugs are out of my system and other than taking more naps than usual I feel great.
I've been wandering in and out of the studio the past two weeks hoping to feel inspired. I would sit in my chair, stare out the window and wait. Zip, nada, nothing.
I have projects that need work but there was absolutely no interest in working on any of them.
I remember this feeling from the last surgery.
Today, I decided to take a different approach. The sun was shining into the studio, the cats had found their own private pile of fabric to sleep on and as a dear friend says, life is good.
I picked up a bolt of muslin and decided to cut out 12 1/2" squares, 4 1/2"x6 1/2" and 5 1/2"squares. The first is the right size for any crazy quilting I might want to do, the second backing for fabric postcards and the third for an idea that I would use them as little journal sample quilts. Maybe start working on some different projects that I wanted to experiment with but didn't want to invest in a larger quilt format. Harmless, mindless cutting of fabric seemed to ease the pressure to produce something. It allowed my mind to wander and it was as if I had opened a window and waved a bright colorful flag to alert the MUSE that she was needed again.
Before I realized it I had finished cutting and had moved on to pick up a piece of fabric sitting on another pile of fabric. That led to another Storyteller block. I lost track of time, I was in the creative zone. As I worked I could hear, in the distance, a story developing about an elephant and a child. I don't have all the details, I'm sure that will develope later. I'm pleased that I found a way to get the creative energy flowing again.


  1. The storyteller block is wonderful...and, of course, your process was classic creativity. The dark-faced character looks like the masked king in KINGDOM of HEAVEN..and what I later realized were people cut out under him looked like undulating dreadlocks at first impression.

    Can't believe your garden picture. You'll have to pull that out and do a before and after in June.

    Your site is wonderful. I really like the background and colors.


  2. Thanks for the kind comments on the site and for stopping by to check on what's new in the studio.