There were holes in
This one wonderful creative life
It had got a little threadbare
Over the years
In need of darning
A light had dimmed
And now, I’m adding threads
Wild snatches of music
Experienced from the inside
Part of a circle of people playing
For themselves and for each other
Sharing tunes and memories
And weaving a richer life
The warp and weft of friendships
Stories, rhythms, rhymes
And the hills of the Lake District
And a scattering of colour, paint on canvas,
Feeling the lines and texture flow from the brush in my hand
The peace of deep, relaxed movement
Taking time to reconnect
The wake of a canoe across the lake
Adding a silvery thread
All absolutely necessary
Now I know what I’ve been missing
All of this is what I need
Now there are no threadbare patches left
In the tapestry that is
This creative life
How to fit a creative project into a busy life?
For me, I have to prioritize it and ignore everything else.
Begin my day with some painting or writing.
Then do the things that need to be done
Sit down, start creating.
The washing up can wait.
Right now, I have a full time job. It’s interesting, sometimes challenging, and it pays the bills. Mostly, I enjoy it.
I’ve never really liked working full time, however enjoyable the job is. Because I like to have time to do my own creative stuff. To paint, to write, to mooch around dreaming up ideas. And time to be outside. And see family and friends. And exercise. And…..how to fit it all in?
I’m not sure I’ve found the answer yet.
Though now the nights have drawn in, I find myself reaching for my watercolours. Ideas form and want to be written down or painted. The summer was for outside, for evening walks after work, for pottering in the garden. Now, in the post-work dark evenings, time is opening up, time to get up off the sofa and away from the TV, time to start creating.
Where does inspiration come from?
On a frosty sunday morning, chasing the work-world cobwebs away,
Walking through woods, low sun softening the dying autumn vegetation.
There’s that feeling again… ideas waiting to be brought to life…