September 15, 2011

2 + 2 = 5...

This week has been a struggle between creativity and moi. Epic failure on my end. I've hit a stretch where I am sooooo uninspired that nothing seems intriguing. I've always viewed creativity as noticing the obvious, but looking at it from a different angle.  Like 2 + 2 = 5!
Which might explain why I never could understand the logical thought process of math, OR it's importance in 90% of my daily life.

I've also learned that over thinking is the enemy of creativity. The more you reason, the less you create.  Paralysis by analysis. I equate this to Thing #1 and his batting average. Every ball player goes thru batting slumps. Thing #1 was no exception. He got frustrated, he analyzed his batting technique, he changed his stance, he altered his swing, he messed with his mechanics.  And you know what? It only made the slump worse.  I remember my better-half's wise, wise words.....STOP THINKING!!!!  Yes my friends....I'm in a batting slump.

So, in the immortal words of Scarlett O'Hara "I can't think about that right now, if I do I'll go crazy". Instead, I'm just going to enjoy my bundle of hydrangeas I picked up at Whole Foods today.  So Scarlett, just STOP THINKING and.......SWING!  Haha, I did just combine "Gone With the Wind" and baseball (those who know me shouldn't be too surprised, fiddle dee dee!)

A few shots with a white background (my  handy dandy piece of white poster board):

And a few with a black background (my handy dandy piece of black poster board):

I'm not sure which background I like better, what do you think?  And as for the creativity slump...."I'll think about that tomorrow. Because tomorrow is another day". Music crescendo, roll credits.

Hope you all have a creative Thursday!



  1. Kathy, you crack me up! I view your creative slump like my running slump. Sometimes I just don't want to do it and I know I 'have' to, getting ready for my marathon. And tomorrow IS another day...
    With that said, I like both backgrounds but they have different messages for me. Hydrangeas are my second most favorite flowers (peonies being #1) and the white background looks like a wedding scene, the black background looks like something I would hang in my house year round.
    Love the photos!!

  2. With the white background, you can apply a texture, which makes it look more natural. As much as I love black backgrounds, I think I prefer the white in this case.

    I'm an engineer, so I'm severely ANALytical, which I leverage to keep me inspired. I keep lists of things to photograph so that when I find some time, I have ideas.

  3. LOVE your hydrangeas...looking at both, I think I prefer the black backgrond, it just makes those flowers pop. And as for your slump, I should be so lucky. Your writing style is supurb, so if you can't find anything that inspires you to photograph, just are that talented.

  4. I think I like the white better. The texture is really neat:)

  5. You are very creative my dear, just read your post one more time and you will see. Funny too.
    I really like the texture on the white background, but I was wondering how the image would look without the texture.
    I love the black background because adds some drama.

  6. Well, shucks, the credits are rolling and I never had any popcorn ready! haha

    I'm diggin the black background, a little dramatic, but love how the blue just pops.

    And yes, like Woody I have a list of inspired ideas for when the inspiration expires.....

  7. I love both backgrounds, the flowers just pop against the black one and the texture looks fantastic on the white. The flowers are gorgeous.
    Glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets in a creative slump and tends to over think things.

  8. If this is uninspired, I wonder what happens when you ARE inspired:):) The light background makes it more subtle and romantic to me. With the black background the Hydrangea really pops to the foreground.

  9. Ahhhh, a LIST! I need to get me one of those!

  10. Well...this seemed plenty creative to me!! I'm also not sure which background I like better--I think they're both great in different ways. The white in a poignant, Italian countryside way, the black in a sleek, dramatic way.
    It's a close call, but my favorites are the first white one and the second black one.

  11. Beautiful pics. I like the white with texture background. I wish I took more time to experiment like that!