ART CHAT #24 – Show ‘n’ Tell

July 10, 2024
North Stradbroke Island

ART CHAT #24

SHOW ‘N’ TELL

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a general Show ‘n’ Tell Art Chat post and it’s pretty common knowledge now, for those that regularly read my blog, that I haven’t been doing much art lately. I’m kept busy these days with visits to Mum and my mind just hasn’t been in the right place. 

However, there are a few little sketches I’ve done. They’re not good ones … but they were an attempt to get my heart back into art.

I’ll keep trying to find time and to get my head and heart back into art because when all those things align, I even surprise myself with what I can create. Regularly doing art is the key to confidence, really profuse creativity, and producing art that I’m happy with.

I was on a roll with my New Zealand Travel Sketchbook but that too has come to a standstill for now. I will get back to it. I will finish it.

The first bit of art I attempted after a long dry spell was this one of the view from the balcony when we had a few days away at Stradbroke Island (6-10 March 2024). You can see pics from that getaway in my March Taking Stock post. I did this sketch/painting in the cheap old sketchbook I started with when I was doing ‘Draw your Day’ (a drawing each day). You’ll need to click on it to see it larger.

The last sketch in this sketchbook before this one was Sunday 23 April 2023 of an extended family catch up (you can see it here in Art Chat #15).

North Stradbroke Island

Then life took hold of me again and more time passed with no art being done. When we returned from my birthday trip to Fiji my sister-in-law visited and brought me a little basket of some art supplies for my birthday which was so kind of her. I felt a little glimmer of that ‘ol art spark in me. Amongst the items was a sketch book. It’s not watercolour paper but nonetheless I thought perhaps I could use it for some casual sketches to capture this time with Mum. I could use a little watercolour and it’d be ok. On the back of the page I’ve sketched on, I write a little note about the visit that day (I won’t share those). I did the first sketch on Sunday 9 June 2024 and then another for  Tuesday 11 June and nothing since. I’m hopeful I can get back to it.

Aged Care

Mum always has a worried look on her face. She drinks thickened fluids from a sippy cup with a straw down it’s spout.

Aged Care

Pureed meat and vegetables (mum won’t eat them), a little jug of gravy, a chocolate dessert and a sippy cup with thickened juice. This was not a good day. Mum wouldn’t eat and it was frustrating and it worried me. I ended up mashing up a banana and she ate that along with her chocolate dessert. The swirls around the date = stress doodling!

 

Artists block feels much more like a wall that comes between you and your soul’s expression – sometimes with such force that the world isn’t quite right again until that feeling is lifted and your creativity has returned ~ author unknown


I’m away at the moment & contingency plans

At the time this post publishes I will be away. We are away for a few nights for a ‘winter nature reviver getaway’ in the Southern Downs Region. We return on Friday afternoon and on Sunday morning we collect Mum’s sister who will be visiting from NSW for a few nights. My Saturday will be a busy one as will the following week. You all know that your posts are very important to me and I will respond to comments on mine when I can after I return home but I can’t guarantee that I will find time (along with preparing a post for next week) to read and comment on your posts linked up today.

However, in the best interest of everyone who links up with #WWWhimsy feeling as important as you are to me, and because times are uncertain for me these days, I’ve decided to put some contingency plans in place.  

Already Sue Loncaric of Women Living Well after 50 and Debbie Harris of Deb’s World step in as Guest Hosts when I need to drop the ball at times. Huge heartfelt thanks to these two ladies! 🙏

#TeamWWWhimsy

Team WWWhimsyIn addition to this, I’ve decided to put in place #TeamWWWhimsy which is a team of trusted fellow blogger friends who care about #WWWhimsy and care about ensuring that those who link up feel valued, seen, read, and responded to. 

#TeamWWWhimsy will be called on to help me out in circumstances such as this week when I will be away and unable to respond to comments or read and respond to linked up posts in a manner as timely as I’d like. They may also be called on to help out the Guest Hosts, if needed.

#WWWhimsy is a small and boutique link up so there are never too many linked up posts to read and respond to. If there’s more than one member of #TeamWWWhimsy helping out, the posts can be shared (1/2 each or 1/4 each for example).

#TeamWWWhimsy can use that hashtag whenever they comment on #WWWhimsy posts, not just when they’re stepping in to help me out, because they deserve the title!

So far on my #TeamWWWhimsy I have Sue Loncaric of Women Living Well after 50 and Debbie Harris of Deb’s World (thanks so much ladies!). 

If you’d like to be a member of #TeamWWWhimsy please let me know at min@writeofthemiddle.com or in the comments below.

I have created a #TeamWWWhimsy badge (see left) that if you’re a member of #TeamWWWhimsy you can display on your blog (if you choose to). I’ll also create a dedicated #TeamWWWhimsy page that will list all of the people who are on the team with links to their relevant blogs.

Ciao for now,

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26 Comments

  • Reply Natalie July 10, 2024 at 7:10 am

    Hi Min, Your sketches are beautiful and are great captures of life’s moments. I hope you have a restful getaway. I’d like to be a team member of #TeamWWWhimsy although I’ll be away the last two weeks in July.

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Natalie – thank you re the sketches and thank you for offering to be on #TeamWWWhimsy! Your 2 weeks away at the end of July will be noted. I’ll get a page organised soon and will be in touch! xo

  • Reply Debbie Harris July 10, 2024 at 7:25 am

    You really are talented Min and I hope you can find the energy and peace to get back into your artwork in the coming months. I’m very happy to be a member of #TeamWWWhimsy whenever you call on us! Enjoy your break away.

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks Deb, these ones are not good though. My head & heart aren’t in the right place these days. Thank you so much for being one of my first members of #TeamWWWhimsy xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee July 10, 2024 at 7:27 am

    I’m sort of away so won’t be on the team for the next two weeks. (And everyone knows I’ve been VERY late getting to comments anyway! Ha! Sorry.) But when I’m back I’ll jump onboard. Anyway, don’t stress about comments. Everyone understands when it’s here or there.
    Enjoy your sort of break and breathe!

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Lydia, no pressure at all. Only if you want to as it looks like we’ll have a few to help when needed. The break was lovely but back to it all again now. xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey July 10, 2024 at 8:05 am

    Good to see you’re back to art journaling – it seems to really help you make sense of life. Take care.

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Jo – I’m not really back at it. It was an attempt to be back at it though. Too much going on right now and my head and heart just can’t focus on art right now. xo

  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 July 10, 2024 at 8:22 am

    Hi Min, I’m always in awe of your artistic talent. Enjoy your time away and thank you for asking me to be part of #TeamWWWhimsy. Take care x

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Sue, thank you and thank you for always being there to help when I need it! xo

  • Reply Jennifer Jones July 10, 2024 at 11:59 am

    Hi Min it’s good to see you dabbling in art again, but not putting pressure on yourself. You have enough pressure in your life at the moment to deal with. I hope you have an enjoyable and restful few days away. I’m happy to help out with #TeamWhimsy if I can. I am away from 18-25 July but otherwise available

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Jennifer, there’s been a few attempts to get back into art but the priority is elsewhere mostly now. I try … for my own benefit but it’s hard right now. The few days away was lovely but back to it all again now. Thanks so much for offering to be on #TeamWWWhimsy – I’ll note the dates you’re away, get a page put together, and be in touch to #TeamWWWhimsy members soon. xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 10, 2024 at 2:23 pm

    It’s good to know you are doing what you can to help your creative brain enjoy its share these days in a very busy mind.

    Good to see what you are up to and that happy times and memories can be made while you are away, Min.

    May your trip be as restful and nurturing as you need it to be.

    I am not putting my hand up for helping out…and I admit I had to consider it…because of my emotional and mental load right now in the midst of a very busy time co-managing our late father’s estate as an executor. Into the 5th month and it’s still full on.

    Take care, and thank you for the link up.

    Denyse x

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Denyse. My creativity has had to take a back seat lately. Mum isn’t doing well. I’ve tried to do some art to help nurture my creative side but priorities are elsewhere and my head and heart aren’t in it at the moment. The few days away was lovely but back to it again now. No problem about not putting your hand up for #TeamWWWhimsy – I didn’t expect you to especially after you said goodbye to hosting the linky not that long again and scaled back your commitments. It’s fine Denyse. xo

  • Reply sherry July 10, 2024 at 5:06 pm

    Sorry to hear you are feeling stressed but great idea to get away for a bit. Hubby’s mum was the same with her thickened drinks and pureed food – she was not happy! All the best to you.
    cheers
    Sherry

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Sherry, I’m heartbroken more than stressed I’d say. It’s very hard to watch your mother deteriorate and decline before your eyes. She was always such a strong and robust and energetic and capable woman. It’s so hard to see her like she is now. I want to save her but I can’t. Mum is fine with the thickened drinks – hates the pureed meat and veg but will eat soups thankfully and some desserts. Some days she eats better than other days. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Thanks for your kind wishes. xo

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis July 10, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    Lovely little sketches and hope you have a good trip.

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks so much! xo

  • Reply Joanne July 11, 2024 at 3:46 am

    I’m trying to get back to being more creative and painting more often too… so far I’ve got the sky painted on a new painting that I started over 2 weeks ago. It feels like working through sludge to what I see in my mind to actually flow through my hands. I feel so out of practice and uninspired lately.

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:39 pm

      Good on you Joanne. I find that the more you do it, the more relaxed and confident and better becomes what you produce … so keep at it! xo

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid July 11, 2024 at 4:10 am

    Min, you’re so talented and I love how you journal through art. The pictures of the time with your mum are extra special. Let me know if you need a hand and I hope you’re having a lovely relaxing break. You certainly deserve it x

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Sammie. Just so much inner turmoil, heartbreak and grief at the moment that it is hard to maintain any regularity. Plus my head and heart just aren’t in it right now. I’ve tried a few times as this post shows. The little break away was lovely. xo

  • Reply Christie Hawkes July 11, 2024 at 6:32 am

    I always enjoy seeing your sketches, Min. What a lovely way to record memories of this time with your Mum. I hope you enjoy your time away.

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Christie. They’re few and far between these days as life has more significant priorities for me right now … but I do try now and then. The time away was lovely. xo

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan July 15, 2024 at 12:18 pm

    Hope you are off on your winter reviver adventure and have been able to set all worries aside for bits of each day. I hadn’t really thought about my creativity being affected by the years of struggles with my mom but it makes sense. My sister and I scrapbook together over Facetime and in the last few months, we have been spending more time making each scrapbook page more creative and special. I think maybe that is because we are finally moving from the fog of Mom’s last years and her sudden death.

    Hope maybe during your getaway, you have taken a few minutes to doodle or maybe photograph some things you would like to try to draw and paint this winter.

    • Reply Min July 17, 2024 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Leslie, the little trip away was lovely. You can’t escape the worry though and I still received a call from the aged care facility while away. Art can be good therapy for when one is going through hard times but for me it’s very hard to find time and focus and to get my heart and head in the right place for it. I try now and then but it’s not the kind of stuff I was doing before. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mum. I know that isn’t far off for me and I dread it. It will be so hard. A Mum is so special and the mother/daughter bond so intricately interwoven. The little trip away was lovely. I didn’t draw but I took a billion photos – just with my phone. xo

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