It has been a long time!

I had not intended for it to be so long since my last blog post, but it has been nearly 3 months! I have fallen into the trap that many graduates find themselves in and lost the last three months (creatively speaking). I was lucky enough to continue my employment and increase my hours to full time very soon after graduating. With it being the festive season and seeing lots of family, and getting away for a summer holiday, before I knew it it was the end January! Where had the time gone? In those couple of months I had started two ink drawings, written down lots of ideas, but had very little to show for myself. The realisation of how quickly time had slipped by sent me into a bit of a panic. This had been the least creative period in my adult life.

Now, finally I have set a schedule in place to work around my full time job and I have a plan for my ideas. I also fully realise how life will continue to get in the way of this plan and how I will need to be rather disciplined to keep myself motivated and producing work. Today, I finally finished one of those ink drawings and I feel inspired again. I have also started some research and even have a small reading list!

In many ways I think this three month gap may prove to be a very good thing. After slaving away on my degree for the last four years I have finally been able to reconnect with myself... not to mention my husband, family and friends. After being so obsessive about my work I had become too close to it, now I have distance and space to view it with more clarity. There are many new projects I am intending to begin and I will endeavor to share them with you...

Here is the ink drawing I finished today...

Lara Mumby-Croft. 2014. Hair: Positive and Negative. (Ink on paper). Collection of the artist.

Lara Mumby-Croft. 2014. Hair: Positive and Negative. (Ink on paper). Collection of the artist.

Lara Mumby-Croft. 2014. Detail: Hair: Positive and Negative. (Ink on paper). Collection of the artist.

Lara Mumby-Croft. 2014. Detail: Hair: Positive and Negative. (Ink on paper). Collection of the artist.