Tuesday, January 26, 2010

creativity and limits????

I have to admit that the Chauncery from the Bleak House is just a wee bit too close to our experience with the construction industry in Spain.  Expensive and very very very slow.

Don't know how long I will make it with this book.  Just a little too close to home.

Today's painting owes a big nod to Ted Harrison, who I mentioned a couple of posts ago.  I've been letting his images settle a bit, and I then they felt like emerging again today.

I was walking in the hills and thinking about the painting a day project and the rather flat blog posts of late. It occurred to me that there is only so much creativity in me in a given day.  That would be totally depressing.  If I do a painting I am not going to be able to think of something to write?


I prefer to look at as more a matter of getting the creative muscles used to more activity...they get a little stronger and more flexible ever day.  I get to think about painting ideas and posting ideas in ONE DAY!  Every day!!!!

(And I have to try and remember them...ho hum)

On another topic, one of the things I find that I miss are friends.  I have never in my life had fewer.  Certainly not in a place I have spent so much time.  There is that pesky language barrier thing, and I do have buddies at work, but I've never been to their house, nor they to mine....I truly have one friend here.

It is odd, and somewhat disconcerting.  Not something I am used to at all.  It is a culture, at least here in the village, that is very closely oriented to family.  That is where social life happens principally, and we don't have family here other than ourselves.  The kids have more of a social life, though neither has a 'best friend'.


I am going to be up all night waiting for a theme or idea to emerge today.  I may just have to give up and give myself and my voice a rest.

Hope for better ideas tomorrow.  Sorry.


The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Why don't you post some of your canvases? My creativity has ebbs and flows too. Sometimes I really can't think of anything to say, let alone anything pithy. It might also be the time of year - holiday let down I call it. Actually, I call it !@#$'n winter, but it's amplified by holiday let down. Too much anticipation and excitement followed by... Just my opinion, you're welcome to it.

oreneta said...

I'm posting them on the sidebar, so if your reading in a blog reader, they wouldn't appear....I could put them in the post....

Lynda said...

We really are walking the same path (plank) at the moment. I can't remember a time in my life when the phone didn't ring all the time... germans don't seem to just call and chat while they are fixing dinner - like we do in Australia. I have pretty much decided to sign up and do my TESOL diploma.. bite the bullet and perhaps if I am distracted - I will feel different? Or I could start painting....

hulagirlatheart said...

The friend issue would be difficult for me as I rely heavily on friends for joy and comfort. Would your co-workers freak if you invited them over for dinner?

Trish said...

Hi Oreneta, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog:) I'm still in the phase of "does anyone even read my blog?" so it's nice to have visitors comment. Wow, I'm impressed with your get up and go life; I'm waaaay too much of a chicken for that, but love living vicariously through people like you. Have a great day,
love trish

oreneta said...

Lynda, we do have to find some way to manage. It can be quite hard can't it. The phone doesn't ring here very often, that's for certain.

Hula, I know exactly what you mean, and if I were there, it is so completely what I would do. They would be uncomfortable, I know they would. I think we will do more of that when we get into the house...wasn't that optimistic of me? truly though, we will do a housewarmer and then maybe some more after that.

Trishif you're saying get up and go to me, and your a competitive runner! Goodness!

Nomad said...

Oh, me dear.
I do SO understand.
Wish I was there, would be so very nice to be able to see you couple of times a week like we used not so long ago. You are a very special person, and loved by many!
I am so inspired by your canvas a day project....
would be a good exercise to get things rolling. I am so mired in this application process, it is all I have been doing for if feels like months. Looking so forward to getting back at it. R U doing the project with iLOVElife? Kal Barteski?
If it is any consolation re the friends issue, our lifestyle has made me much more solid that way...for better or worse and for whatever that is worth.

On another note, REALLY enjoying listening to eckart Tolle right now.

PLus, your posts could never be boring, and I am so impressed that you post everyday. I love it, also that you post what is really going on. Hard to do. Keep up the good work!
Shall we talk tonight? Let me know when is a good time to call.

BIG HUG and love ya!

oreneta said...

I am really enjoying the canvas a day. Because it is so short I find it easy to firgive myself with it. Fun place to play and experiement. The friend thing...hard.

I just listened to Randy Pausch's Last Lecture. I am not sure this one has hit your radar, but you absolutely MUST listen to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo Amazing and important.

Kal thing..I have thought of that, but I feel like leaving things more open right now. I don't really want an assignment. From a traffic/get the work out there perspective it might make sense, but......

I would LOVE to talk tonight, after 10???? LOVE TO!

Big fat hug to you too.