Okay, so I admit it, I have been sucked into the land of Pinterest-enabled malaise. I am spending way too much time envying other people’s work, and not enough time creating my own. Am I afraid? Am I lazy? Am I any good at this? Maybe if I look for just a few more minutes at these DIY Craft Ideas and Inspirational Quotations I’ll get some creativity. Yeah, that doesn’t happen, and then two hours later, I’ve got a dog whining to go out and I’ve eaten a bag of health food store bulk bin M&M knockoffs (don’t be fooled, you will still get a stomachache from eating too many of these, even if the shells are made with fruit juice instead of creepy dye #5).
What’s a doubting artist/librarian to do to reverse this horrible slide? I think we’ve gone over this before, being a public librarian is pretty awesome. I get turned on to some pretty cool books, and sometimes books with great reviews actually pertain to topics I am interested in. I recently added this book to my library’s collection:
Make it Mighty Ugly by Kim Piper Werker contains all sorts of ideas and prompts to keep you creating, even when you think the work stinks; even when it does stink. Author Kim Piper Werker at MightyUgly.com has put me back on the horse (even though I am terrified of them literally and figuratively).
I have spent a few days creating and staying away from Pinterest (mostly), and I’m feeling good. Is all my work great? No. Is it all salvageable? No. Have I stumbled on to my masterpiece? Not even close. Is it all art? Yep. Wanna see?
No, I didn’t create the cat, but Lulu was feeling photogenic, you’re welcome.