Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Imperfect discipline

Lately, I’ve been falling into some ruts of laziness. I can easily waste several hours of an evening wrapped up in what a fellow blogger so cleverly called “The Eye of Mordor”. There is no creativity in the void--only death, haha. I can fool myself into justification, saying that I only watch DIY or cooking channels; but a question occurred to me one night, “Why am I passively watching another person create something rather than doing it myself?”

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe TV is evil, and a lot of those how-to shows can be very inspiring. But sometimes, for me, they can take over, wasting evening after evening; and I can’t recapture that time lost.

I remember one day when I was a kid, wanting so badly to make something I thought I would burst if I didn’t. There was nothing in the house to work with besides some cheap napkins and a bottle or two of food coloring. I gave it a go, but what resulted was pretty lame and unsatisfying.

Today I am blessed with an abundance of material to makie-makie with. I want to be a good steward of these things. I believe crafting/painting can be a form of worship to the Master Creator. And it provides an opportunity to be generous and share what’s been made.

One of the benefits of being part of the Imperfect Prose community is that it motivates me to use the talent God has given me...not only to use it, but to develop it.

So, although it’s not the New Year yet, I’m making a resolution to create at least one thing a week as an act of thanksgiving for all I’ve been given...

...and not let all of this wonderful stuff collect dust.

Please feel free to hold me accountable if you want, and ask from time, “Whadda’ya makin’?” And how about you? Do any of you artsy types struggle in the same way? How do you overcome it?



Joining Emily today

29 comments:

Ostriches Look Funny said...

AHhh! time is something I haven't been able to manage, or rangle, or wrestle into submission. This is a challenge for me.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

"wrangle"
darn you hooked on phonics.

Jodi said...

I wouldn't have noticed the spelling, haha. But apparently hooked on phonics worked for you! hehehehe

joanny said...

Jodi

What a fabulous studio you have, organized plenty of materials, brushes, paints, a plethora of things to work with,
a wonderful post, now I will check each week to see a creation of yours finished or not, love the paintings I spied ----and ditto on the t.v.
"I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour, I dripped it carelessly -- ah I didn't know I held opportunity.
cheers,
joanny

Hana - Marmota said...

Oh, I do, I do very much. It's easy to get lost in blogs!
Right now I have a different kind of dilemma... I'm sitting in front of the computer, and very much feel like reading Christian blogs and read the Scriptures they mention, while I should be reading and writing about Canadian history. I like reading and writing about Canadian history, but somehow reading Christian blogs and the Scriptures is more fun.
:D
I think I'm really blessed that it's come to that. But I really should read and write about Candian history.

Brian Miller said...

nice. art is worship...creating for the creator. so i am excited for you and to see what you do with it. heading over to the school to do art with the 2nd graders this morning.

Kit said...

Yes! I love all that awesome stuff you have to work with. I want to rustle around in there.
Thanks for blessing us with your creativity! ;)

Nancy said...

As a kid, wanting to make something so badly you thought you would burst--Oh! To be like that again, to recapture that longing. So looking forward to seeing whatcha makie-makie each week. And I too, love the accountability of a weekly deadline for imperfect prose (though sadly I failed to meet it this week). See you next time, though.

Jodi said...

Joanny, thank you. I'm going to copy that and hang it in my studio. xo

Jodi said...

Hana, get to those school books. :) hehehe

Jodi said...

Brian - 2nd graders are awesome. I love working with them myself.

Kit and Nancy - thank you for the encouragement. I'll need it <3

Niamh said...

Talking about the void...I've been thinking lately about how we have been blessed with time and travel in our recent history so that we will have more time to collect people from Hell's grasp before the Earth is destroyed. But with the technology that allows us so much more time and ability to connect to the lost, we sit in front of a TV or a computer to be entertained while souls are wasting away. While we are being pulled toward the entertainment and mindlessness of a screen, we are less likely to be meeting people and touching lives.
Of course TV and computers can be used to reach the lost, and they are used in that manner. But much more often, Christians sit lazily to be entertained and forget that they have been commissioned to do a job.

Leslie said...

You know I always look forward to seeing the things you create. I like the photos of your studio - especially the brushes. There's just something about paint brushes standing in a jar or tin, waiting to be used...

Rayanne said...

Oh I loved looking in on your studio and all your art stuff...I just love that.
I'm with you on your thoughts my dear!
By the way...
You've been tagged. Go check it out on my blog.
Love ya,
Rayanne

Jodi said...

Niamh - good point

Leslie and Rayanne, thank you.

emily wierenga said...

you know, you've really been on my mind this week... God put you there... and i'm so grateful for you and your honest posts and your creative soul. i cannot wait to see what you make each week. perhaps one way of staying accountable would be to share, each thursday through imperfect prose, what you've created? :) love to you. i'm so glad you're you.

Alexis Hallum said...

I struggle being consistent with art and writing. The only thing that keeps me moving is to keep creating. T.v. sucks me in sometimes too.
You've got a lovely artsy corner Jodi! I've really enjoyed what I've seen of your art so far:)

Chelsey said...

I craft sometimes *while* watching tv -- two birds if you know what I mean. lol...

I often have that feeling like I *have* to make something or I'll burst...

life or something like it said...

So..what are you making? ;)

I don't think I can go a week without making something! I get restless and become a pain for my husband!
I hope you can stick to the make something a week thing..its so valuable to let out the ideas and use the gifts God has blessed you with!

Jodi said...

life or something like it - well, tonight I painted a wall in my all white-walled kitchen
with black chalkboard paint, something I've always wanted to do. I think some illustrated dinner menus would be inspirational.

Jodi said...

Chelsea - the last time I tried to craft while watching TV, I spilled modge-podge all over an oriental rug. It just doesn't work for me lol

Jodi said...

Chelsea - I was one of those kids who ran with scissors...I need to concentrate.

Southern Gal said...

How inspiring! I find myself lost in the blog world when I should be all here working in the moment with what I have on hand. Thank you for the challenge.

Sarah Louise Upjohn said...

How convicting... I should get off blogger.

I have the opposite problem, between school and clients I wind up getting creatively dried out all the time. I have to force myself to read or exercise or balance my checkbook or something so I don't wind up hating art. Is that bad?

Love the idea of a chalkboard on your wall, I hope you post about that soon... With pictures please? :-)

Jodi said...

Sarah Louise, I don't think it's bad at all; I think it's understandable. When I feel creatively dry, I visit art museums and art supply stores. It really stimulates the senses. Yes, I'll try to post pictures of the chalk board once I'm finished.

Kit said...

Jodi, I posted about our new nut garland today! I've always wanted to paint something with chalkboard paint, too! But we're renters, alas.

Chelsey said...

Jodi,

So funny about your running with scissors. You don't spit into the wind do you? Those are two things I've been told never to do...

I haven't modge podged while watching tv -- just knitting, crocheting and mending...

Sarah Louise Upjohn said...

Oo, great advice, thanks!

deb said...

I need to create and feed my soul with it.
I went so long not writing that now it seems to have pushed sewing etc to the side .Which is mostly fine, but feels less productive, especially when I stare at a page all evening and scratch out a word or two or none. I'm struggling with this. Even my kids noticed that I'm not "doing" things . But I have faith, I must, I must...

it just looks different right now i guess.

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