Just thought I'd touch base quickly and let you Stollen regulars know that I'm still alive and kicking. The Grand Duchy of Stollen blog has indeed seemed like a ghost town in the American Old West lately, full of dust and tumbleweeds (a nod to Phil Olley here) Haven't managed to get off my you-know-what and do any painting in some weeks. The painting funk has hit hard, and while I'm reading many blogs and websites with interest, it's just been difficult to sit myself down and pick up that darn brush and begin painting again.
I have been doing a bit of unrelated writing and translation, but that hasn't eaten up too much time. Neither has caring for Young Master Paul. Typically, the Grand Duchess has him after supper until bed time, so I've certainly had evenings free for hobby-related stuff. I've even got a small list of things to finish on those first 30 or so Huzzah figures languishing over on the painting table, but, sigh, the urge just eludes me right now. As someone mentioned on his blog a month or so ago, and I'm paraphrasing badly here, if your hobby begins to seem like a chore, it's time for some time away from it.
So, I've been enjoying mystery thrillers by John Sandford and Jonathan Kellerman, practices once a week with my amateur rock band, plus this and that as well as some family time. The problem is that the longer I delay sitting down, the harder it is to do it. Painter's block or something like that! Well, maybe with the approach of Spring, I'll feel like returning to the painting table. It will surely give me an impetus and an excuse to avoid too much work outdoors, which the Grand Duchess is already planning with a vengeance! ;-)