Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hello, Spring?!?

"Spring Turtle"   2.5x3.5 ACEO
(available here)

My new motto:
If you can't actually have Spring (the cold and snow just keep hanging on!), you have to create a little "spring" for yourself!

This week's theme over at Inspiration Avenue is "Hello Spring...".  I had to dig deep for this one because I am finding it hard to remember what Spring is like. Ha!  (Can you tell I've had enough of winter weather?!?)

And since a Sunday just wouldn't be a Sunday without some Sunday Sketches, I offer you a (somewhat scary) glimpse into my head:


These pages are a pretty good indication of the crazy chaotic thought processes going on inside my noggin these days!  As I look at these pages, I think they would probably be a good submission for this month's Sketchbook Challenge theme: "Spilling Over".  My jumbled thoughts are definitely spilling over (all over my sketchbook pages)!

Sometimes, when I'm looking for ideas and searching for inspiration I flip through my old sketchbook pages.  This week while flipping I came across this page:


This is a page I created at this exact time last year.  (Before I started blogging.)

I thought this page was particularly interesting because I'm feeling that creative restlessness again.  It makes me wonder if there is something about Spring (or waiting for Spring) that causes these feelings...  Wanting to try something new... The need for experimentation...

I'm curious, are you "creatively restless" too?

Please be sure to visit all of my friends over at Sophia's blog to see how they're creatively handling the change in  seasons.

27 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so glad you made for IA's challenge! I love your turtles and this one is especially fun! Also that creatively restless journal page is awesome- I love the cat's face! And yes, I too have been creatively restless- this time of year, my favorite place to be is the garden, so it's hard to stay disiplined and focus on work......

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  2. I love your turtles...all of them, and your page from last year made me lol...CUTE!
    I think it's Spring Fever!
    xox

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  3. I am really loving all of your Turtles. Did you know it is good luck to have a turtle (not real as they move) placed somewhere in your home and it has to be facing North? Spring Fever is very much alive and well in my house.

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  4. Yup we are having the spring problem here too. dropped to -15C 2 nights ago!!

    Love your turts. I feel as if he is raising his eye brow at me and waggling it, and I want to waggle back :)

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  5. Your turtles face is precious and a looks a little mischievous. The tree on his back has little buds on it and will be in full bloom very soon!

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  6. lol You really, really do love the turtles, don't ya? ANd who can blame you?! They always reminded me of little, old men. WHich I also find incredibly cute, by the way. :-)

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  7. I'm starting to become quite fond of turtles lately. I think your work is the reason. Your little shelled friends are adorable. I'm also feeling the effects of Spring Fever and am very restless to be creating something.

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  8. Hi Kristin!!!! Happy Sunday and I see you have been very busy with some fun projects!!! I love these cute turtles....they are so sweet!!!! that scrapbook page is adorable!!! what a great piece with that cute kitten head....

    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and week!!!!

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  9. I am familiar with that restlessness - and then usually create nothing. Bah. Love the turtle and am glad it's smiling and not the mad looking one from the sketchbook. The page though? Man, that one gave me a good chuckle!

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  10. I love your spring piece, so cute and cheerful. Your turtle pages are awesome!

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  11. I LOVE your thought processes and especially love seeing them on paper! What a great page of turtles! How big is that sketchbook?

    I adore the creatively restless page - and yes! Me too - tempered by not enough hours in the day.

    Great cheerful Spring turtle!

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  12. Love all of the turtles... especially the first. The restlessness is contagious I think. Have been rather unnerved for a while myself and having difficulty getting it to translate.

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  13. Great post, Kristin. I love the collage from last year AND your turtles. I share with you the thought process about spring restlessness - for me, this time of year is about as busy as the holidays but I can see the summer calm on the horizon. I pressure myself to speed up my creative process with to keep up, catch up, not be left behind, or because I think I am on some hidden agenda. I forget the importance of just being creative within the time I have alloted, and the importance of balance.

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  14. your sketchbooks look so neat to me, and full of creativity for sure! Cute turtle, with spring inside him.

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  15. Love the turtles! We always see a couple strolling around our garden each year. I look forward to finding them under a bush or near the house. A sure sign that warm weather is here to stay!

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  16. Oh boy, creative restlessness is a very good thing. Love them all.

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  17. Love these turtles! So much personality! I want SPRING too!

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  18. Wow, I love your turtles. They all have a very springy look! :-)

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  19. I just love when you give us peeks inside your sketchbook. The turtles are so fun in all of your creative style! You are so full of talent!
    and the baby kittcat with diaper is hilarious! go...let your creative freedom run...we LOVe seeing what you can do! xo

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  20. Love those turtle sketches and the snail is super. So colorful and fun!

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  21. so many turtles! I love how you sketch them over and over in different positions, you must really get to know their anatomy and character this way. Very cute.

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  22. I think it is the re-emerging of the sun that brings about this "restlessness." It is funny, last weekend we had a unusually warm day. I decided to take a walk at a local park to photograph the emerging spring. The trick was on me as all, I found were bare trees. No green in sight. Oh well. I am loving the turtles and your sketchbook. Loving the diapered kitty!

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  23. Everytime I see a snail, I'm going to think of yours:) They are out in numbers right now.

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  24. Adore your snail - that little tree inside. Hee. And hey hey hey - LOVE LOVE LOVE the turtles!! Oh yeah! Did I tell you I love them and collect them. Hee :) Happy Spring.

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  25. very nice!
    and i do get creatively restless too sometimes, not in this season though, but sometimes jlt...

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  26. I loved your Creatively Restless page! I know that exact feeling.....doctors call it 'mania'! Thank you for stopping by and welcoming me to my first PPF. this looks like a fun bunch to hang out with!

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