It is very easy for me to get stuck, like a gerbil that's had too much coffee, in my head. If it goes on for too long it can lead to feeling anxious and overwhelmed. There are all sorts of things I know I can do as an antidote, but the most powerful thing – the one I need to do before I am able to do any of the others – is to get hands-on with making something, or possibly fixing something. It really doesn't matter what it is, just that I do it.
What I've noticed about being in my head is that it becomes all about either the future or the past, the what-ifs and if-onlys. Getting back to the present is the key, which means getting back into my body.
There is no doubt that exercise and meditation can get me there, but sometimes I can't get myself to do those things, I need an intermediate step. That's when I need to draw or prime painting panels or, as I did today, scrub the paper off of an acrylic skin image transfer that's been waiting for my attention for far too long.
Now I'm ready for a little spin on my bike trainer!
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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