I think my wife is wondering what the hell has gotten into me. Where I used to go out fishing for an hour or two in the evening or on weekends, I now spend many more hours in the shop/studio pumping out paintings at a rate that feels a wee bit manic.
As I tried to sleep tonight, the house a tepid 29-degrees, the phrase "super-charged" popped into my head as an appropriate description of my recent state of being. It's not just painting; I'm also flying full tilt boogie with my new job with the United Way; I just finished a successful Illuminate Talent Search; and I'm 100 percent committed to my Ideal Protein program.
I'm arguably in the best shape of my mid-adult life, my creative juices are free-flowing, and I'm enthused and inspired to go to work every morning.
It struck me that I am coming off a two to three year stretch when things were unsettled, at times uncomfortable, and most definitely uncertain. For the first time in a long time I don't feel those things. In a sense, I feel unleashed, unbound and more focused than I have been in years.
"You look a little tired my friend," said a colleague the other day. She was right, though it took me by surprise to hear it. The hot temperatures and late nights of painting have combined to leave me with a lot less sleep than normal. It is understandable that I might be physically wearing out, as we've had little respite from the overbearing heat.
I will get some much needed rest next week as Dylan and I fly out to Ontario for Mindcamp, Canada's Creativity Conference. Some people go camping, others take exotic holidays; I go to a gathering of like-minded creative souls. Set at beautiful YMCA Geneva Park, Mindcamp will give us a chance to commune with nature and friends. I'm hoping the weather over there is a little more moderate than what we've been experiencing in Alberta.
Meanwhile, I will continue painting, as long as inspiration continues to strike. It's a muscle that I am happy to exercise as it could serve us very well in our retirement years. The thought of having a little studio/gallery/yoga retreat somewhere is one that is slowing forming in my mind. I think that would be a nice way to slow down and still generate a modest income.