Shifting Gears Again
It’s good to shift gears on a regular basis. Traveling at full speed all the time can put you in a slump without warning, and getting stuck in low gear can grind away at your creativity and lead to boredom. So I do try to mix it up just to keep things interesting.
Our classes in my studio have come to an end until after the first of the year. I’m glad about that, because it means I can feel free to make a mess in the studio and not have to disturb whatever projects I’ve started in a burst of creative frenzy. I feel excited at that prospect.
The garden has slowed down, as gardens do in the fall. I’m in the process of putting several of the beds under a deep covering of compost and mulch. The broccoli, cabbage and greens are growing nicely in the wonderful cool weather. But that’s it until I start all over again in February. Having a garden has made a huge difference in my life. I’m able to stop what I’m doing inside when I need a break, take the dogs with me, and go get some exercise, pushing the wheelbarrow or turning compost.
In the last post I whined a little about having to do some extra-special cleaning and tossing for an upcoming family visit. That too is going well, because I do just a small project or two a day.
I’m sprucing up my neglected Etsy shops as well. Any of you who are on Etsy must know that it’s only as profitable as the attention you put into it. And I’ve been guilty of letting things slide over the past few months. I’ve added back some large works in my painting shop. After all, they will sit here unappreciated unless they can be seen. Here’s a picture I made of one of them yesterday, using just a generic furniture store backdrop. You can go to the listing by clicking on the picture.