This is my Sunday quickie, to steal KR’s term.
This week has been a busy one here in Central PA. We have had meetings, running, teaching, soccer, sickness, more sickness, Valentine’s Day, my husband out of town and appointments. I have taken pictures, sketched and worked out everyday. I guess this is just a regular week for me and has been for years. I should not be surprised how much I have been able to accomplish, as it just seems to snowball each year. Sometimes I look around and wish I could just focus on one task and one goal rather than the crazy spread in front of me. One day, it will seem less complicated but for now I keep plugging along.
I think this week I have hit a bit of a slump. My girls have been very ill for the past two weeks and I have had a difficult time getting the mileage in I had planned. I am running or doing yoga everyday. I am enjoying the increase in difficulty in our Fab Ab workout but a level of intensity seems to have dissipated.
I planned to start a new plate this week but in my rush to begin I was not happy with the transfer of the sketch. So I went back to the drawing board, literally. I have sketched everyday trying to gather more research for a final drawing. I have photographed trees, textures and other organic objects. My goal is to slow down a touch to gather some inspiration back and focus on another plate.
I have been tempted just to start carving the original sketch. The carving takes on a separate life from the drawing but I have never carved a sketch that I am this unhappy with the composition. I have not erased the original off the plate and it seems to be following me around the house haunting me, spurring me to action. I am not sure if all of my sketching is actually research or if it is a form of procrastination.
I just remember talking with a trainer and he explained his philosophy on working out. To him it was not possible to have great workouts everyday or high motivation at any single moment but it was possible to take yourself to the gym and attempt your workout. Some days you will have great workouts and others will not be so pretty, they may even be short. The most important part of any training program was simply the act of doing. So this week I do and I will find a path to follow. I will be lifting my creative weights everyday but this week I have not quite reached the goals I have set for myself. Patience is an attribute I continue to work on. So back to the drawing board I go.