anonyrrie: Overwhelmed...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Overwhelmed...


Sometimes it feels like there's too much to do, and too little of it being what I want to do. I find myself craving time and space to unclutter my thoughts and focus on the things that are important - I want to spend relaxed quality and quantity time with my sweetie, I want to bring to life all the images I have swirling about in my head, I want to just be able to breathe in the air around me without feeling like the other shoe will drop at any moment. That poised "shoe" hovers over me throughout the day and into the night. It saps my energy. It makes me toss and turn and lose hours of sleep. It makes me doubt myself. I start to see only what's wrong and not what's right. I try to fight it.... and I lose. How can I learn to let go, to ride it out, to trust it's simply part of a cycle that will bring me back to equilibrium?

edit 2/18 - I submitted this to Penelope's The Best Advice I Ever Got project. Now, I'm just trying to follow it! Check out the other submissions - lots of good advice!

18 Comments:

Blogger andrea said...

I can't believe I'm first rather than 75th! Is this photoshopped from an original? I feel like I can almost touch it and the textures would be wonderful. The colours/text style are a perfect 'match', too. As for prioritising better, I have no answers, only empathy! Take the weekend off.

7:24 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Andrea - this is acrylic and collage on an 8 x 10 canvas board. I photoshopped it and added the bottom portion with the type. It actually looks entirely different "in person" - better, I think.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

This is *really* pretty! I like your song, too!

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Marion said...

Real good illo!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

I totally understand and agree. I feel like I can not even breath sometimes, just so much of what I want to do, and have to do, and must do. Life can be overwhelming and wonderful ;)

12:13 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

I can thoroughly identify. Mostly it is my job that uses up my energy and leaves me feeling overwhelmed and useless for much else. Sometimes I feel like "life" (meaning the things I want to do or experience as opposed to the things that I have to do), is slipping by. At those times, I try to stop and savor a small experience.

9:00 AM  
Blogger melba said...

When I feel overwhelmed I either absorb the feelings completely and cry or I have a hyper energy and clean everything. Both work for me actually. When I cry it is a release and then I can usually get more art stuff done. When I clean everything I am not being as creative, but at least I can check things off my to do list. I think there is some symbolism going on with that little turtle...drowning?..swimming?...and of course going with the flow. Sometimes too it is good to just vent, that in itself helps me feel better too. I hope you feel better soon.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I think this turtle is about to learn how to fly! It has the feel of an animal that can master all the elements and maybe that's the missing element - time - wow I like that idea - thank you Carla for being my muse!

2:30 PM  
Blogger isay said...

i experience the same thing sometimes and i am not sure how i was able to overcome them or maybe not because it comes and go....

anyway, i love the colors and the way you did this illustration. the turtle's color have adjusted well to its surrounding-going with the flow in a very relax way and a little laid back. something we must understand in a turtle. i love the fishes, too.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

this is so gorgeous carla. i love it. the message is a good one, hard to follow sometimes! i can totally relate to wanting the time and space to unclutter, to spend more time doing what i love to do. and i just posted the other day about this learning to trust. wishing you the courage to go with the flow. xoxo

8:38 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

lovely illo!! Love the style!

12:49 AM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Carla, how do you do? I've been lurking around for some time and I've always found your work, and especially your words here, and on other's blogs, to be very insightful, sensitive, and appealing. You are obviously a truly kind-hearted soul.
I would like to know if this painting, in particular, is for sale. I visited your web page but could not find anything for sale yet. It looks as though you are planning on selling your work at some time. I would be interested in finding out more about the original of this piece.

8:10 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

ohhh...i love this piece. i did the project as well. that was fun to partipate in and see all the different advice and styles of the artists! our world is too fast paced. we all have so many irons in the fire. have a great week!

8:15 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Brian - If you happen to stop back - I went to your blog, but for some reason I wasn't able to post a comment. Thanks for stopping by! I have seen your comments on various blogs, and i've always enjoyed reading what you have to say. Anyway, The original of this is an 8 x 10 acrylic and collage on canvas board. It doesn't include the bottom portion with the words - I added that for the digital illustration. It also looks quite different without the digital manipulations I used here. It has a more childlike feeling and more detail in its original form. I hadn't really thought about selling it; I was planning to eventually sell prints online, but probably won't be set up to do that until I have some time to get things together.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Sorry Carla, I've been having trouble on my blog lately with the comment section. If you would, in the future, like to leave a comment, right click instead of left, and then when the popup pops up, click on open.

That "childlike" feeling in your painting is what I would be after...without the words. If you ever consider selling the original, as it would be much more special to me, I would appreciate a call. Thanks.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

Hi Carla!
I can identify with feeling overwhelmed - I have fallen behind in looking at other peoples art.
I love this piece, the colors and swirls. It is absolutely beautiful.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Mr. Pink said...

Check out the Orange.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Well I am with you on the overwhelmed side of things and can totally empathise with wanting the time to get OUT of your head ALL the images and art that is swirling about in there.

1:01 AM  

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