research or dictionary mania ~!?!~
consider this an explanation of sorts as to why it takes me so long to complete anything.
sometimes i like to read through dictionaries. especially old dictionaries. i'm not sure why but i find it both fascinating and comforting to sit and quietly peruse the thin crispy pages. i have a small collection of them and am always on the hunt for more. this morning i settled in with a 1946 edition of "The New Century Dictionary"; volume one (A - pocket veto)
i actually had a goal when i started but then the spell was cast and i found myself wandering from definition to picture to definition . . . pages turned . . .
time passed . . .
eventually i felt compelled to get the camera out and collect a few of the images that might be useful in my "feathers and fins" theme. ah yes, back to the goal . . .
this is definitely a fish with a beak . . .
it's interesting how similar feathers and fins are . . .
what a show-off~!~
then i began to notice how similar many leaves are to feathers and/or fins . . .
and even insect wings looked like they belonged somehow . . .
i was absolutely fascinated~!!~
hhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm . . .
i did get a little distracted at times . . .
but eventually got back around to the inspiration of "feathers and fins".
my head is full of ideas and directions to go now and my spirit strangely calmed by the act of wandering through old print and hand drawn images.
however, i must get back to the daily stuff of life and set this all aside to simmer a bit within my head . . .
inspiration is like that for me. i'm Alice down the rabbit hole for quite a while before it all perks back up into some usable fodder: (fod' er), n. Food for cattle, horses, etc., esp such food as . . . oops, sorry.
what is the creative process like for you? share with me your process (or one of) that you use to slip into that wandering, wondering, pondering pool that then enables you to swim happily to your own strange island of imagination.
our creative processes are as unique as what is actually created i think.
while you think about it i've got to get to the dishes and laundry.