Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Brain Freeze not caused by Ice Cream

I've been spending way too much time on the computer. Come on, you know what I mean. Too much ruminating about what to say on the blog. Too much exploring on other people's blogs. Too much time trying to figure out Facebook (still not sure why I am doing that but I'm told it's good for marketing). Too much, too much, too much.

When I finally tore myself away today, I didn't have the gumption to get started on anything. I've come to believe that the computer is not unlike the television. It fries your brain. With TV, however, it is usually because the shows are so dumb that your brain doesn't get used. With the computer, it's because your brain gathers so much information it freezes up and can't function well when you're away from it. That's my hypothesis and I'm sticking with it!

So, my way of overcoming my inability to act today was to do something in the studio that is rather mindless. I made sheets of mosaic tiles. With mosaics, making the sheets of tiles is meditative, automatic, repetitive. The challenge with mosaics is putting them together and making something else. That's for another day.

Here are today's sheets of mosaics, all made from scraps of paste paper. And notice, I went right back to the computer to show you!



Stone said...

Hi Lorrie, ah...darn, forgot what I was going to post.

Joanne Huffman said...

I am a great believer in making component parts during creativity freezes; and, your mosaics are so cool that it's nice to know you'll be ready to create when the spark lights up.


Kathy L said...

Ha, I love the part about readding too many blogs and ruminating on what to say! Ah true. I always worry that my words are nonsense and who would care anyway and then it dawns on me that I write for therapy and archival reasons. I do spend too much time reading others but I know that is therapy too. Love the mosaics...


Lorrie Grainger Abdo said...

"Component parts" is a great term but then I'm saying that to the woman that invented "crapalache". :) And yes, Kathy, is it therapeutic but I think I'm over-therapied right now!

Stone said...

"Crapalanche"...a great word. I now have a new way to describe my boys bedrooms!

Jennifer said...

Ooooh ~ I love the green ones. Very calming color for me.

I just took a two week break from blogging and drastically reduced my blog reading too. It was needed, as I was spending too much time staring into this little box as well.

Have a great weekend, Lorrie!

Lorrie Grainger Abdo said...

Crapalanche is a word used frequently at our house and I'm happy to spread the joy of using it. It fits in so many instances!

Jennifer, I'd noticed that you weren't blogging but attributed it to house hunting. Good luck with that and congratulations for tearing yourself away from the blinking box for a bit.


Elizabeth Golden said...

these are really cool too. Wow what fun.

claire fairweather said...

Lorrie, I came across your blog when I 'Googled' paper mosaics. I have been looking at all your entries under this label and think your work is fantastic. I love your choice of colours and the effects you have created with the paste paper technique, it is truely inspiring - so much so that I want to have a go!

Unfortunately, I live in New Zealand, otherwise I would book to do one of your workshops. I will have to try and find some time to experiment and see if I can create anything as beautiful as yours.

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