Thursday, December 6, 2012

before the idea gets too big

before-the-idea-eats-me

This is how I'd create everything if I had my way. Idea comes, I jump, I live in it & play around with it, and get it into shape just the way I want it during that honeymoon phase of intuition. The downside of this is that everything else around me gets sacrificed: the house goes to hell, meals are forgotten, kids get scruffy, and all common sense vanishes. Often I have to forsake that eureka moment to preserve the environment, and then the idea either gets so complicated and involved that it outright devours me, or it gets mad and goes away.

The lists were awesome this week! (there's still time to contribute -- I always leave the post open until the following Monday.) I knew I'd enjoy the topic but didn't know how much until I read them. So calming and soothing, like salves for the soul. Stuff that makes everything right again. We had many comforts in common (which I found comforting in itself) and then we all had our specific individual quirky needs (which I found fascinating). Next week should be most interesting! I took a peek in our junk drawer, was terrified and closed it. Will have to recruit some helpers for this one.

{print is in the shop here and I'm sharing a bit early for Paint Party Friday.}

35 comments:

Ces Adorio said...

Your world is so colorful. Your art, your words and I like learning about how an idea comes to you. I get stuck on analysis and logic that by the time I reach the action phase, I am bored out of my mind. So all I do are borne out of impulse!

Chel said...

oh amen amen amen to that. I get ideas when I'm swimming so by the time I get out of the pool and get back to my desk, they are tremendous and overwhelming. I need to remember to nip them in the bud!

Christie said...

Know what you mean about having to choose between the Eureka moment and the environment. Glad to know it's not just me.

It's so frustrating when an idea gets mad and goes away! Equally frustrating are those ideas that work perfectly in my mind's eye, but then refuse to come to life on the page.

I love the way you write about your creative process. :)

Textile Recycler said...

I live exactly the same way! I learned a number of years ago to keep small sketch books or journals in various places for those 'oh oh I just got a brainstorm' moments. It's worked out quite well.

Carolyn Dube said...

So glad to hear I am not the only one who does this! The house can be cleaned later, the kids can learn to cook, and I can enjoy that honeymoon with my art! Love love love your words (and their vibrant playful way)! Happy PPF!

Mary Walker Designs said...

That is so true I've been told this is paralysis through over analysis.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

LOVE this- great use of color and SO, so true!
Happy PPF,
Stephanie

Ginny said...

I love the way you express your ideas and the exciting and happy colors you use.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

I really resonated with that first paragraph! You put it so well. Write the ideas down :) Happy PPF

Anne Manda said...

Fun and true! Happy PPF!

Kat Sloma said...

I love this! So colorful and fun. And I have the same feeling about ideas. I call it my creative nag - sometimes I just have to make the idea real to get the nagging to shut up! Happy PPF.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Lovely work, Aimee!
(Oops...I do need to do some housekeeping and not just painting this weekend.) :)
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh my gosh! This made me chuckle. I totally identify with this feeling. Lol. Literally being chased and devoured. :) I always LOVE seeing your work - here and on Instagram.

Carol L McKenna said...

Delightfully creative and colorful and love your style ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~ aka ~ 'artmusedog' ^_^

Rita said...

I love, love your art! And I feel the same...sounds like this is a problem lots of us share...so here's to not overthinking and just creating! :)

Molly said...

ha ha-- i know that feeling of the idea getting too big and eating me!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oooh, I'd love to manhandle an idea and whip it into shape! Most of my ideas come as faint tickles, like the hint of a sneeze that you know is there but never delivers. So unsatisfying.

I guess the bright side of getting lost in your art is that you can look at how everything has turned to pot in your absence and feel confident that you are needed and wanted.

I am REALLY looking forward to scrutinizing your junk drawer! Hahaha!

Netty said...

Terrific letter work, great colour and so much fun. Happy PPF, x

Linda said...

I so love your colorful ways with such clever wording-always a delight to see!! Happy PPF!

Deanna said...

That is fantastic! I'm the same way, I get all consumed by an idea and have to roll with it before the creativity decides to take flight and move on to someone that will nurture and cultivate it into the artwork it wants to become.

Anne said...

I can totally relate with your thoughts on following inspiration. It can be frustrating and difficult, but it's also pretty wonderful, too.

Love your artwork.

Happy PPF!

Gloria said...

I am always happy when I leave your blog. The colors inspire me and your words make me think. Thank you.

soulbrush said...

What a fab new idea, and I love how your mind works, as it excites and delights me. Oops, I was ill on Tuesday and Wednesday and had no heating or hot water- so didn't manage to join you- will for sure this coming week.Happy PPF.

Christine said...

Woohoo so much is going on here - amazing stuff. Art every day! woah! And calendar and and and :-) I'm amazed. Completely lovely.

Know the feeling of forgetting everything around me when absorbed :-) Best feeling ever. a little guilty after ;o)
xo

Kamana said...

idea that has sprung to my mind today is to make some art with bottle caps tomorrow with my little loves. if they turn out well, i will be sharing them on my blog.

Introverted Art said...

The ideas come and flee my head almost as fast as they were born in the first place. I can live them fully in my imagination which sometimes takes away from actually doing something about it!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Kids are scruffy by nature and I equate missing meal prep with good parenting... it makes them more appreciative...
a friend found a mug last week that had art before housework written on it... sounds perfect to me!!!

Elisa said...

you are so good in lettering aimee. I adore your artwork very much. Beautiful colors. Your quote is so true!

helloitssandra.blogspot.com said...

I love your work, it so colourful and bright. I also recognise that moment of creative inspiration :) Its so exciting like being a kid I just cant wait to get started and get it out,to see an idea become a reality is what its all about for me

Marcie said...

Love this!! It's so true...if we let our ideas sit they sometimes become overwhelming.

lorik said...

Great work and love what it says too!

denthe said...

Oh, I so recognize that feeling of wanting to work on an idea straight away, not (being able to) doing it and then getting overwhelmed by the time you can start. I'm happy I'm not the only one feeling this ☺ I received your art print last Thursday, wrote on my blog about it. I'm so happy with it, thanks again! ♥

Gina Sismilich said...

That is wonderful - love the thought, all the lettering and the colors. I also know that when I jump on my ideas - everything around me also falls apart. That's when I most appreciate help to pick up the slack.

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Nicely done and oh so true. :) HPPF

Christina Minasian said...

I love how clean your lines are! And the colors are great! I can relate... having those great ideas in moments when I am so far from my studio or even a notebook!