Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit

20 Hour Challenge: Fits and Starts


Well, last week started out good as I found myself focused and ready to work in the studio. By the end of the week, I was focused more on business related activities.  I’m certainly in the studio for 20 hours; unfortunately I find myself unable to create art for an entire 20 hours. The reality is that when you have a small art business, a good chunk of time is spent on the busy-ness and not the arty-ness.

So, how did last week turn out: 24.25 hours total  = 7.75 hours on arty-ness and 16.5 on busy-ness.  Friday was Art Day at a friend’s house.  Because we hadn’t seen each other in so long, we spent the day talking and sharing art but not making art. So, I didn’t have any hours from that day to add to the arty-ness of the week, but the day still fed my creative soul.

I mentioned last time that I needed to eliminate some of the email newsletters I receive.  To that end I unsubbed from the daily Enneagram Thought and Oprah’s book club newsletter (apparently I became a subscriber when I participated in the webinar she did with Eckhart Tolle last year; completely forgot about that one.) I’m on the fence about a couple other newsletters and need to make a decision on their fate as well.

I also decided to consider my reading and meditation time as part of my preparation for working in the studio. It really does help me get my day started in the studio.

So along with the usual business stuff, I’m happy to say that I created the content for and sent out my August newsletter, updated my websites (though I didn’t publish the updates yet), and visited Skyline Boston to look at booth displays for the October Paradise City show.  And on Saturday, Eric and I visited the Peabody Historical Society to check out the Historical Interpretations exhibit. Here is Belle on display:


And on the art front, I started doodling. Now doesn’t that sound productive?  Actually, it is because doodling is another way to clear your mind. I found this beneficial during the week when I started to feel a little stressed. I sat myself down, created a doodle, and the tension seemed to melt away.  Here are some of my doodles from last week:




Check out these sites for more insight and inspiration in Doodling: SueDoodles and Mildly Creative

Remember those cat heads? They are starting to take on a little life of their own. The gray one has put in a request for a black and white striped suit. And the one I called a “demented rabbit” isn’t so scary now; though he does look more like a horse crossed with a rabbit.  Maybe Darwin would say he saw something similar on the Galapagos Islands.


Finally, a few wholesale orders rolled in so I have started working on business card cases, ink pens, and perfume pens.  To see what I offer in these lines visit here and here.

6 thoughts on “20 Hour Challenge: Fits and Starts

  1. Looks like you got a lot of things done Amy, good for you! I love the cat heads. The gray one is my fave, I think a striped suit would look very well with him/her. I’m a big believer in doodling, BTW. I started my doodling habit in high school. In between taking notes and listening to lectures, I used to make elaborate designs in the margins of my notepaper. The more boring the lecture, the more I doodled ! When I was working, I doodled during most staff meetings, so I could look down and no would see how totally bored and uninterested I was…………. Recently, I’ve gotten some good design ideas from my doodles, so have a ‘doodle dedicated’ drawing pad. But I haven’t completely given up on using sticky notes and the backs of envelopes, LOL!

    • Hi Dora,

      Thanks for the compliments on the cat heads. Sadly, they are still waiting for bodies; fortunately they’re rather patient. How great that you’re doodles have inspired some design ideas. I look forward to seeing what you make from your doodles.


  2. Ok, well, first of all.. I love our art day. No art was had by any, but we sure can talk, can’t we? Second… your display LOOKS FABULOUS. How exciting. You must be proud. Third, I have always loved doodling and I am planning to do a doodle post on my next blog entry. I love your doodles.. it’s very freeing. AND.. fourth.. your cat heads rock.. You really have that sculpting down. I think maybe a sculpting day may be in line, oh mighty one.

    • Hi Judy,

      Thank you, thank you, and thank you again. I’m looking forward to reading your post on doodles. Yes, we never to seem to be at a shortage for words when we get together :-). Hmm, some mighty sculpting, that sounds like fun!


  3. Love the doodles! It’s amazing what grows out of doodles somedays.

    • Hi Deb,

      Doodles are fun. Even though I wasn’t much of a doodler in school, I find myself enjoying them now. What has been interesting to me is to see them change from day to day, often becoming more detailed.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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