In the studio this morning for the first time in a couple of weeks, I had to wonder what had happened to the momentum of early August. The easy answer is that it dissipated into the process of physical therapy for my wrist, which has been painful and distracting. The more truthful answer is that I allowed myself the distraction of the wrist therapy, along with a variety of other distractions (like the kittens, at left). So be it.
The more interesting question is how to regain that momentum. I spent a couple of hours in the studio this morning, adding paint to some old pieces. The process was familiar but I had a hard time regaining the mindset, as it were. When I am working well, I have in the back of my mind a whole series of thoughts and concepts from which I can draw (no pun intended) as I move through the creative process. The clearer the access to the mindset, the happier I am and the better I work. This morning, there were cobwebs in my mind.
Fortunately, there are easy answers. Keep showing up. Read past journal posts to regain the mindset. Relax. Work. Play. Nurture the enthusiasm. Enjoy the journey.