Running away in my mind

Last week I had a horrible art session with my group of disengaged teenagers. It’s too ghastly for me to look back on and give you the details, lets just say, they were very, very hard work, and, well yes, disengaged. I felt so grumpy afterwards that I couldn’t eat lunch, just chocolate and a strong coffee.

Usually, I turn to my painting when I want to escape and go to a happier place. I haven’t been able to paint lately and I’ve realised it’s because I’ve lost my alone time at home. At the moment I have my six-foot three-inch teenage son at home waiting to start university. He’s lovely, it’s just that I can’t seem to get in a state of flow with others around. There’s the sound of the television, a large lounging presence, constant pinging of text messages, music I would perhaps not choose, and frequent kitchen raids accompanied by sighs and comments that there is nothing to eat….

Next week though, he starts university and I will have my two days at home of peace. Hopefully, I will have something new to show you then. Until then, here is a little owl painting that I did last year.

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” Tent on a magical island”


39 thoughts on “Running away in my mind

  1. I understand how it feels when your ‘space’ is ‘invaded’ by the other occupants of your house! So here is wishing him a happy start at Uni, you a happy return to painting, and your disengaged teenagers a lightening bolt that enables them to be re-engaged! (I love your owls!, whenever they are painted!)

  2. thank God I don’t own a television. Thank God for wireless bluetooth beats headphones. They were hugely expensive, but easily the best investment I ever made. Ah…. listen to that serenity.
    That is a dear little owl and I am working on an “Owl Puff” for you at the moment. πŸ™‚

  3. I have had some horrible sessions at work with teenagers but I am still fond of them. You’ll have to let us know how it goes next time! Are you crossing out the days on your calendar until uni? πŸ™‚

  4. I know just what you mean about a workshop gone astray. Next one will clear the bad taste in your mouth so to speak, and will be a vast improvement. Also get the kids that you love more than life but need a little space regardless dilemma. Soon…:)

  5. yea I get it ! yet I have a 5 year old boy? …. maybe just maybe it is just boys? hahaha They are wonderful even if some how they are so disruptive… hope the classroom kids get settled soon and find something to focus on maybe a Mandela art project would help focus and enlighten them at the same time..They say creating them is very meditative.. I used to have a book of patterns that I just colored and would being absorbed for hours

    • Great minds think alike! I’ve just photocopied some Mandela pages for those who are having trouble focusing or who don’t like the project the rest of us are working on. The girls in the group want to make giant dream catchers. As you can imagine, not really a popular idea for the boys so I’m racking my brains, thinking of a project for them. Meanwhile, I’m off to teach myself how to make giant dream catchers!

  6. I get nothing done when my kids are home! Well, that’s not completely true–I cook and do laundry, but when the house is full of people, it’s nearly impossible for the window in my brain to open wide enough for the ideas to flow through.

    • It’s good to hear that others have the same issues. What I find really frustrating though is when an idea pops into my head and I can’t immediately go with it. I’ve started a little notebook, so I can capture them for later…

  7. Giant Dream Catcher’s you mention sound like what you need Jen . Hope a corner has been turned by now πŸ˜‰

  8. The boys might like mask making. I’ve done it and loved it! You need Vaseline, plaster bandage rolls, scissors to cut the bandage and bowls of water; also something to keep hair out of the way, if it’s long at all. I even made three masks, mounted them on a 4 foot circle of plywood that I’d covered in canvas, then smoothed the join; it looks as though the faces are pushing forward through the canvas. Never got to hang it and now it’s living in my BC storage . . . one day, though. If you want ideas, email me at maelinne (at) hotmail (dot) com and I can send directions. they can work in pairs and that’s a good thing. Once the masks are dry, they can be painted and then embellished with whatever they like; moss for hair, stones for eyes, add feathers, hang things on chains or leather strings . . . so embellishments can be provided or gathered. ~ Linne

  9. You’re one of the few people I know who could take a frustrating and demoralizing situation, and somehow turn it into a positive, even uplifting blog post. You must teach me how you do that sometime…

    Agree with you about distractions, and your capsule description of teenagerhood (??) at its 6-foot, 3-inch best had me hootin’ like, well, like an owl!! : )

    BTW: are you a 6-footer yourself? I may have to revise my mental image. Hope things are back on track for you, Jen!

  10. I don’t have boy Jen! Only 2 daughters that the oldest one is in US now for university and I’ve really missed her!
    But I can understand that sometimes we need to be alone(to charge our ideas maybe!😁and get more energy for start again!)
    Hope everything be ok now for youπŸ˜ƒβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

    • Everything is good Violet, I think I am just evaluating things in my life at the moment, feeling a bit introspective. You must miss your daughter very much, I hope you get to see her soon.xxxx

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