PJ Friel - Author & Artist

Stress relief & a visit from the Muse

The past few days have been extraordinarily stressful.  I was a witness to something that rattled me pretty badly.  The situation brought up memories that I’d rather leave far in the past.

It completely compromised the worldbuilding for my series.   Thoughts skittered across my mind, but I couldn’t grab onto anything.  I needed something to center myself.

Enter art.

When life is at its most trying, I center myself by creating stories with pictures.  There’s something very calming about controlling every single thing in a scene, tweaking it until it looks exactly the way I see it in my mind.  Random thoughts float away and the only things in my head are colors and light…for hours.  I fiddle with every detail–hair style, clothes, the turn of the model’s head.  There are no rules that I follow.  I’m free.

When I finally pull out of the image and sign my name, I feel whole again…calm, collected and ready to take on the world again.

The picture attached to this post is the one that brought me peace this weekend.  It’s also a character sketch of Sable, a valkyrie from my series.  Sometimes the Muse surprises me.

When life stresses you to the max, what do you do to relax?

-pj

4 Comments:

what do I do to relax? Yell at my kids.
Seriously, this is beautiful, but I wanna know more about old memories and what you witnessed and the whole backstory and…

‘Cause that’s what I do when I’m stressed. Bug my friends to tell me stories…

Thank you, Kari! Glad ya like her. :)

I can’t give any details about the current situation, but the memories it brought up were related to my late mother. We semi-affectionately call her Crazy Grandma, now, because, well…she was kinda crazy. Mostly harmless, but still kinda crazy.

Every so often Mom would “find Jesus” and when that happened, it was like she hopped on the crazy train. Dreams were prophetic and completely immune to logical thought processes. God was alive and well and in direct contact with Wilma Mae.

Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t think that kind of thing can happen. Anything is possible. However, if you have a dream that God is telling you to cut up your kid’s latest craft project because it’s “evil,” you might want to stop and self-evaluate for juuuuuuuust a moment. ;)

Wilma Mae is THE best crazy god lady name EVAH! If I need that character, I am SO calling her Wilma Mae!

But how incredibly cruel to shred a kids craft project! I get the guilties just throwing them OUT after they’ve had the requisite months on the refrigerator door!

LOL! It IS the best name! And sadly, I can’t use it…for obvious reasons. Mom has, however, shown up in previous stories of mine in all her Mumu-wearing wackiness under different names. I imagine she’ll provide me with fertile writing material for years to come.

Thank goodness my son doesn’t write. :P

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