Saturday, December 4, 2010

Hello Friends,

I apologize for not being around very much lately. I just spent a couple of hours trying to catch up on all your posts (which I am sure I did not succeed at). I know I don't technically owe anyone an explanation of my absence, but I consider all of you my friends and I want to fill you in on why I have been out of the loop.

What it all boils down to is information overload. Hours and hours spent on blogs and Etsy. I have been taking in way more information and inspiration than my little brain can process. I used to be a pretty creative person. But now, it seems, all of my so called ideas are overlapping with what I see on the internet. I have been trying to draw and paint and work on some new designs, but I am confused at what is truly mine and what is a conglomerate of what I have already seen. When given the right environment I happen to have a very unique and distinctive artistic style. But lately, when I sit down to draw, my head is filled with all the millions of images that I take in on a regular basis.

I really want to open another Etsy store just for my painting and drawing. But I want to be true to self. I don't want to paint what I already know will sell. I want to paint what is really me. So this, my dears, is what I am working on. Purging my mind of all the excess. Trying to get back in touch with my own ideas. Inspiration is fantastic! and blogging is a fabulous way of feeding the need for it. But right now, especially during the Christmas season, I have got to decompress.

I am still around, and I have no plans of leaving the blog scene for good. I love you all and feel so lucky to share in your lives and thoughts and inspirations. And keep your eyes open because I have some sharing to do with you all. Not only am I cleaning out my head, but I am cleaning out a lot of other stuff, too. There will be some things up for grabs soon, but only to my blog followers. So, if you stop by on the regular, but are not a formal follower, you may want to add me to your list. Just saying. ;)

Love and Lots of Sparkle,
Miz.Jo

*from Bits of Truth.

12 comments:

Jen said...

Sweetie, you need to do what is right for you. Don't worry about what people will buy or not buy, you have to do what you're passionate about, what you enjoy, what your heart tells you to do. And when you do that, people will buy ;-) And please, please don't leave this beautiful blog... I enjoy it too much!

Dawn said...

Good to hear from you!
Glad to know you're still around and will continue to be. Hope things smooth out and you figure out the new shop and all!
Love that picture and saying on it!

E said...

You know, I think you articulated what I've been sort of thinking the last few months. Information overload. I always have at least three tabs open and keep flicking between them. Maybe a January internet detox might be in order?

I hope your head clears and you get some quality time, just you and your art. xx

Jane Flanagan said...

Oh yes. I feel this a lot sometimes. I tend to make use of my "unsubscribe" button when I notice too much of something or come across content that I feel cannibalizes what I'm up to (intentional or not, that kind of overlap can only need to second-guessing and a confused attempt to differentiate).

The online presence I maintain is pretty disparate, centred on personalities rather than products or styles. I hope you find your balance, the headspace you need to create! This is a good time of year to slow down and get where you want to be for the new year. Hang in there! xx

Sarah Klassen said...

First off, I understand exactly what you mean -- when creating, I have to completely close off my mind—to be in a space that is so pure and clean, so that I have little distractions. Try this. I cannot guarantee that it will work, but it might :) I cannot wait to see what you share with us... and perhaps as "E" mentioned above, taking January off might be the perfect solution!

Will always check in each week*
sending hugs your way,

Sarah

Michelle said...

Girrrrl, I hear that. Seriously, like for reals. This happens to me once every few months, a few times a year. It happens b/c I don't produce anything, the overwhelming visual stimulus stuns me, and I can't create. I have to go totally unplugged, start painting even if I don't feel like it, and poop out a bunch of aweful crap until I get it back again. Ahhh, so melodramatic, so true. Good luck, and let your heigher self guide you, she already knows you are an amazing artist even when you don't remember.

CHIC Sensibility... said...

So glad to see you back. Stay Creative! Thanks for the sweet compliment!

la la Lovely said...

I know what you mean about the overload. Take a break and breath in some fresh creativity! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog last week!
xo Trina

Sir Thomas said...

make it all about you... and it will fine reguardless what the out come is...

*smiles*

Jen said...

Hey Sweetie - Just checkin' in! How the heck are you?

shari @ little blue deer said...

First of all, LOVE the quote. And I feel the same way. I think we all need a little blog break now and again, we will be here when you get back! XX!

CHIC Sensibility... said...

Thanks for your sweet words, you're always a darling!