My Head Space

It’s now been 85 days since my last blog post.

Up until I actually started to type that line, I thought my last blog post would likely BE my last blog post.

Yet here I am.

The words coming out in this post have been swirling around my head since the early hours of this morning. I wanted to sleep, but the words wouldn’t go away. They insisted on being written.

It feels a bit like going to Confession … “forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been 85 days since my last Confession … “.

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The first church built on this site is believed to have been around 1030.

The thoughts occupying my brain this morning have been reminding me of what blogging meant to me – learning the art of storytelling, exploring the world through a camera lens, and discovering its secrets, mysteries and magic.

… not to mention all the friends I’ve made in this ether …. yes, especially, it’s been the friends. Simply said, I’ve missed you.

The Three Fates – St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Although my blog space has been dormant, I’ve been busy. It’s been a time of solitude, introspection, and fishing in the proverbial creative pool.

I’ve discovered that pool to be more like a river. Sometimes it flows fast and furious, while other times it’s muddy and sluggish.

Giant’s Causeway, Ireland

I never know what I’m going to find when I dip my line into its waters.

Grand Canal, Dublin

I considered very briefly turning this space into a gallery for my artwork.

I rejected that thought almost as quickly as it formed, but I appreciate that I can’t mention spending 2 months in a creative space and not offer a sample of my work. That would just be a little too disingenuous of me.

This is my take-off of a painting owned by Karen Hume (from the now quiet blog Profound Journey).

This painting spoke to me of mysteries in the Universe and I felt compelled to try and tackle it. I’ve deliberately left it unfinished. For now, it feels right to me.

I still don’t know what this space will become in the weeks and months ahead – if anything. It will just have to be a surprise for both of us.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

152 comments

  1. Seems to me that blogging remains a joy when you do it at your own pace with whatever seems right just for yourself! (Of course, I don’t have the pressure of oodles of followers and commenters, so I really am doing it mostly just for myself!)

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  2. Hi Joanne – love the photos … and yes to taking a break or two … but your artwork is wonderful … reminds me of ??? Picasso, Salvador Dali, Juan Gris … and others … so please let us see more of your works. Your Irish trip was obviously special … take care – cheers Hilary

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  3. Look at all these comment. You were missed, Joanne. I definitely smiled when I saw your post pop up. Beautiful photos (I’m going to Dublin for sure) and lovely artwork (which looks finished to me). Lol. I’m curious to see what blogging turns into for you. It can be whatever you want it to be, right? I hope your days continue to be filled with creativity!

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    • The response has been more than I was expecting 💕
      I really have no clue where I’m going with this space but now I feel more comfortable that it’s ok.

      … and I hope that someday I get to return to Ireland and see more of this wonderful country. A week in Dublin was just a teaser 😉

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  4. Hi Joanne, You say a great deal when you write “they insisted on being written.” I have had the impression that writing is in your blood, a part of you. For me, I have felt it was not an “if” but a “when” for Joanne. Yet, I cannot imagine what you have been going through.

    You have definitely been busy and I have had the pleasure of seeing a few photos of your adventures. I can see how this painting speaks of the mysteries of the Universe. A perfect phrase for life in general. All of your photos are amazing! I am definitely along for the surprise. I feel I have been here for the ride all along.

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    • I think you are right. Writing is in my blood whether I like it or not. As much as I’m trying to learn to express myself in colour and paint marks, words continue to kick around in my head. Blogging has been a place for me to let it unfurl, so I think you’re right on that point too. I may never be able to stop – the assimilation is complete (sorry, I’ve been watching Star Trek 😏)

      I’m so happy to have you along for the ride. A great part about having like-minded people along is that they inevitably point out wonders that I’ve missed completely 🙂

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  5. This is when I’m glad I followed by email. To see this post show up in my inbox was a treat. Wherever your journey takes you, photos, words of both, I’ll be trying to pay attention. Today’s pictures are magnificent.

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  6. Welcome back, Joanne! You’ve been missed! Ireland looks amazing with Giant’s Causeway seeming just breathtaking! I’m sure you had a wonderful time there. I love your art. I can feel the mysteries of the Universe speaking from it as well. 🙂

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    • It’s is a beautiful place – even in the wet and cold of February – with deep, deep historical roots. I didn’t dare hope I’d ever get there, but Gilles’ work took him there for a sales conference and I got to tag along. It was wonderful!!

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  7. Great to see you back and good for you posting some nice art work! My blogging has dropped off a bit too, but I think I just need to focus on experiencing life sometimes. It looks like you’ve been doing that with your travels and art.

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    • That’s exactly what’s been happening. Winter, combined with losing my cameras, and therefore losing my focus, made it easy to slide into art.
      You’ll never see my artwork hanging in a gallery, but oh, what a journey this is!

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  8. Welcome back! I have missed you!!! Was wondering how you have been faring?… I think it’s good to take a blogging break every now and again. We certainly have our productive blog times and then other times, less so.. when we don’t write for weeks.

    Love your painting!! And the photos too.

    Peta

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  9. Well I think everyone in your blogging community have already said what I would. Welcome back. It is a joy to see you and hear from you, but I can totally understand why you needed a break. Not wasted it seems. Lovely photos from Ireland and I do hope you tried the black stuff! And what a fabulous painting! You have so many talents. Please share more of this side of you with us.

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    • Thanks Jude. I was keenly aware of how relatively close I was to Wales.
      I’ve been dropping less-than-subtle hints to Gilles that he needs to take a work trip to their facility in Cardiff. Wouldn’t that just be an adventure! Someday!

      … and yes, I did try Guinness. You were right. It was different from what I’ve experienced here …much lighter with chocolatey after tones.

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  10. Welcome back! I’ve been a bit behind in posting lately as well so I totally get it. I like your painting and I hope you share some others. I’ve been spending some time creating as well.

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  11. I totally relate! I can also say that dipping my toes back in has felt nice, but I no longer feel the need to post if I don’t feel like it. I guess I never really did, but early on, the inspiration seemed to hit me more often. Welcome back for as long or as short or as often or as infrequently as you want to be here!

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  12. Joanne, you have many, many talents, and writing is just one of them. I am always entertained by your stories and would rather have less blogs than none at all.

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  13. Your first line really did read as a confession, I think you may have visited too many awe inspiring churches of late 😛
    I’m always delighted to find you here, as I enjoy your offerings. Come as you are 😀

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  14. Hello my friend! Lovely to see you posting today. Your photos and artwork are gorgeous. When it feels right, blog. When it doesn’t, don’t. That’s kinda my mantra and I’ve lasted 10 plus years so far. I hate to see bloggers burn out. Even though we connect IRL, I would still miss your blogging voice.

    Deb

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  15. Good to see you again, my friend. I’ve checked your blog now and then to make sure I wasn’t missing a post because of some wonky WordPress screw-up. I’ve also been following your Ireland journey via IG (although I must admit that I am hit-and-miss with that platform too) and am happy to see more of your lovely pictures here. I understand the need to take a break (I seem to be on one lately too) but you were missed. I hope you stick around a bit this time.

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    • I’ve never been away from my blog for this length of time before. I seriously questioned whether I should pack it in.
      … but I guess I’m not ready quite yet 😉

      I’m rather hit-and-miss on IG too but that’s one of the thing I really like about it. I don’t feel any guilts about my randomness.

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  16. Nice seeing you here 🙂 I like the painting. It reminds me of something, but I can’t think what. Pot cubist colors,but not quite… I hope you enjoyed Ireland! I’ve only been there once, and it was winter. Still beautiful!

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  17. Hi, Joanne – I just checked your blog this morning to see if I had someone missed a post since I was last there in November. Although i have enjoyed and appreciated seeing your comments, I’ve missed your posts and your photography. Like you, I’ve sometimes thought of taking a permanent blogging break. Also like you, the friendship keeps on bringing me back. As Kate wisely stated, blogging is on your own terms. I look forward to staying tune and see what lies ahead! BTW – That’s an incredible painting.

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  18. I was wondering when you were going to start posting again. Those are stunning shots of Ireland. Very beautiful, in my view. And I like your art work.
    This river of life we’re floating down has all kinds of unexpected twists and turns. I’m in a calm section right now, although I recently passed a few alligators. But who knows what awaits after the next bend.
    Looking forward to more pics and posts, the next time you get around to it.

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    • It’s true that we tend to go through peaks and troughs in our lives. While my exposure to the outside world had troughed, it created space for me to explore different forms of self-expression. Changing my mindset from words to images has been interesting!

      It’s true that we don’t know what awaits us around the next bend. I hope it’s more fodder for our creative expression – in whatever form it might take.

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  19. The great thing about blogging is that it’s on your terms. We’re here when you need us and we’ll wait until you are ready! Good to hear that the creative juices are flowing. That was an ambitious painting. I’m a bit jealous!

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    • There is no question that abstract art (at least some of it) really appeals to me. I think I understand what Kandinsky meant about the spiritual nature of art. When I get it right, it’s a zen-like experience 🙂

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  20. Loved reading your thoughts and wishing you the best in whatever you decide to do with your blog. What makes a blog so great is that it really is whatever you want it to be and everyone has a unique spin to theirs. Great job on the painting!

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  21. Dear Joanne
    Wow, your painting is great, like Kandinsky painted during his time at the Bauhaus.
    Everybody who is or wants to be creative needs a break. We don’t trust people who are blogging all the time without such a break. They repeat themselves and become boring and kill their creativity.
    Don’t worry, we understand you very well.
    Wishing you happy blogging again
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Thank you 🙂 I’m quite proud of my art work considering I came from a mindset that I had no creative leanings. Having said that, I wouldn’t want to share most of what I create. I think of them more as experiments 😉

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  22. YAY! I am so glad you are figuring things out!! And this painting – omg – so beautiful – please post more of them. You weren’t kidding when you said you were into art these days. Mine would all be of stick figures. lol. Also love the shot of the causeway in Ireland. The best part of blogging is definitely the friends you meet along the way. :-). Cheers to you my friend!

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    • LOL – I’m not sure I’m figuring anything out, but this trip to Ireland forced me to pop my head out of my groundhog hole for a while 😉
      I admit it’s nice to see that in 2 months I haven’t been forgotten.

      If you had asked me a couple of years ago, I would have said I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body but I’m learning that like most other things, it can be learned. Having said that, the vast majority of stuff I create isn’t prime time material 😉

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  23. I am so happy to see you back again, Joanne! I find more and more people are on Instagram…but I am not. I have enough trouble with WP! 😀 Darn, you are talented. I am hoping retirement shows me the way….. Welcome back!

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    • I like IG – it allows me to be completely random. I can disappear for weeks and then pop up with anything that’s caught my fancy. WP takes a little more thought and care.

      I’m not sure about the talented part but I am discovering that the more I do, the ‘easier’ it is becoming … easier in the sense that I’m not as paralyzed by the blank canvas as I used to be. I have more ideas I want to experiment with than there is time available. That’s what I consider success 🙂

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    • Thanks Suzanne for the vote of confidence. Sometimes it’s better to start from scratch with a new theme rather than trying to ratchet-in content from a different direction. So far I haven’t received any great inspiration so I guess it’s status quo for now 🙂

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    • I share your feelings about the seal at the end. He was in a cabinet at eye level and really startled me as a turned around. An exhibit hall full of taxidermied animals was not what I expected … nor particularly cared for. We didn’t linger long.

      I really enjoyed this trip to Ireland – in spite of the rain, wind, and cold. It didn’t once put a damper on our day. That’s when you know you’ve had a great vacation 🙂

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  24. Welcome back! I’ve missed you, your thoughts, and images. The painting is really neat. I thought straight-away of the universe. I loved the Grand Canal image…the golden light and reflections are just lovely as is the row of bare trees.

    Whatever you do with your blog- art, images, stories…I’ll be here to view and read it. 😀

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    • Thanks Deborah. It’s nice to know that I’ve been missed 🙂

      The obvious answer would be to go back to doing what I was doing before … but my instinct says I need to shake things up. It would be nice if my instinct gave me a bit more clarity on what exactly that means!

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  25. Welcome back Joanne. I’m glad you’ve found a voice you want to share again here; we’ve missed you too.

    Looks like you enjoyed your trip to Ireland 😀

    I am loving your painting, and glad that you’ve found this creative groove too.

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    • I know I’ve said it before, but I owe a debt of gratitude to people like you who have inspired me to test my creative muscle in the art world.

      I think this ‘interruption’ in my life by losing my computer and cameras helped to create a safe space for me to dive deeper into my ‘creative process’. I’d probably still be buried deep except this trip to Ireland forced me back to the surface.

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  26. I am happy to see you show up here now and whenever you want to in the future. I’ve come full circle on what blogging means to me …and it seems like you are of the same mind. It is a great way to explore this world and share what you see with the awesome friends you meet along the way. I loved visiting Ireland with you through your enlightened lens.

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  27. There you are.

    Delighted to hear from you. I know what you mean, about the insistent voices that won’t let you rest until you click the publish button.

    So many comments want to be written, but I will focus on the Giant’s Causeway – a geological marvel that never fails to impress me – and with the surf – in winter, yet! – all the more spectacular.

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