Coping Creatively

It’s been a hard winter for most in North America. Where I live we love the season. Not this one! It’s been just more work and bitter cold temperatures. Cabin fever is not a joke this year. It’s a real health concern for the creative soul.

Ice Crystals Frame My View

Ice Crystals Frame My View

I usually enjoy a winter walk and plenty of snowy activities like cross country skiing and snowshoeing. I drive about and watch bolder types ice fish and skate in the many lakes and rinks around. Not this winter! We’ve had three times the usual subzero temperature days. I don’t see many ice houses or fishing neighborhoods set up on frozen lakes. My smartphone weather report gives me a daily picture of what frigid looks like. Enough already!

Green Meets Frigid

Green Meets Frigid

What can a creative do to weather a wobbled polar vortex? Since going out is miserable, I’ve been literally  looking out for inspiration. My trusty camera and I have been snapping photos of the ice formations on my windows. They’re exquisitely detailed and change throughout the day as the water vapor trapped between the glass panes melts and refreezes.  It’s been a continual show that has me mesmerized by it’s intricacy and the myriad of ways light is reflected!

Intimate Ice

 

Frozen Dance

Frozen Dance

I’d love hear how the rest of the continent has survived winter? Add a post and tell me what eased your cabin fever.

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Summer Blitzing

I don’t know about you, but as an artist I can get excited about pretty much anything. I love to let ideas tumble through my mind, and sometimes to distraction from my real creative work. As summer heats up in the north country, all I want to do is sit and dream. This is the summer blitzing phenomenon, that makes me feel light and fluttery, bouncing from one thought to another. In this mindset, I can’t do much physical or outdoor work, which is what we northerners save up and take advantage of doing in summertime. Frankly, it’s too hot to be outside anyway, so I need to work inside looking out. Gazing through windows is definitely dream time, however learning to do so with purpose can be mind bending. I have to remember to plan time for and call this activity passive work, and set limits on how much of it I can afford to do given my other commitments, but it’s always worthwhile.

One way to make idea spinning meaningful is to record what you see, sense, discover or ask about the experience. Your observations might come in handy to solve your current or future creative challenge. I also like recording mine, because it sets limits due to the media used, and makes the time a part of my real artistic work. I think as summer as the soft months during the year, a time to ease up my workload. So when I find the need to day dream, I try to honor it. When you make this a real part of your summer, you can look forward to blitzing your way through your creativity with insight and wonder, and maybe an unanticipated nap!