Thinking about Thinking

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Last night thoughts were plowing through my head at rapid rate.  It was hot, it was humid, the crickets were just too loud, not to mention the bullfrogs.  My mind was a whir, awash in a jumble of thoughts.  Gotta do lists longer than my arms.  And I realized that thinking in those rapid fire streams was another form of multitasking and just as harmful…..When the muse is kind and she opens the portals to creativity, the flood often follows…..And for me that’s usually around 3:30 am….so sleep was elusive and I am feeling the lack thereof as I write this post.

I know that I will never finish the lists, that somewhere down the road my son will inherit the list and guess what, it won’t be his list….so I had to journal this randomness in small doses to get at the idea that I can only move through one process at a time, and I better just start taking more notes about what I want to be doing so this monsoon rain of ideas doesn’t get completely lost…..someday, someone, maybe our granddaughter will like those leftovers and they will be a good stepping off point.  But what I really want to do is just take a nap!  Noodling and doodling.

What was I thinking Upside down thinking Scattered thinking



  1. Ah.. yes, the long list of “to dos”. Waking up and wondering and worrying for me lately.. but art should calm me if I can get to it. Love the chaos.

  2. Oh, yes, the old “to do” lists ~ some on paper, some in the head. They never go away. They never end. I would love to wake one day with nothing to do, nowhere to go, no lists to manage my day. You sometimes think you’ve left the stress behind you and then suddenly….you see it….THAT LIST!!!!

  3. even your tired doodles evoke a response in me! Hope you’re napping now… love all your colors and those faces…

  4. Glad someone else has a head whirling with ideas. Apparently I was talking in my sleep about ATCs, according to my beloved.

  5. Awe bless you. Sounds just like my head too so I know how frustrating it can be, but what a nightmare at that time in the morning. I love the doodles, perfect ‘spilling’ sentiments and I hope it helped a little.
    Huge hugs x

  6. I hope you catch up quickly on missed sleep, take it easy, rest and let go! Creativity always helps, good job you did some lovely doodling art, it’s always good for the soul!

  7. Maybe you should burn the to-do list and have a nice cocktail!!! lol

  8. The art releases so much! Great little fish and swirls in all your creative colorness!

  9. Your upside down thinking put a huge SMILE on my face–somehow, I can relate 🙂 Now if I could only find all the lists I make….

  10. I stopped making lists. In fact, once I made a list and immediately marked off the first notation. It read: make today’s list! Now, if I find my thinking is so scattered I really MUST make a list, say I’ve got to go to the basement for many items, then I’ll make a specific list. But I’ve been where you are with my upside down thinking. SO, I can truly relate. Love your doodled image, too.

  11. I used to make so many lists that at one point I found myself making a list of lists and where and what they were for. Now I only make a list if there is something important….like paying bills! I also make a list for the studio if I am going to make a lot of different things……otherwise no lists….all I do now is lose them!
    I must admit that I enjoy waking in the morning and making fantasy lists in my mind!

  12. P.S. The Upside Down Thinking sketch is especially appropriate!

  13. I have given up on “to do ” lists, but do maintain a “to take” list for heading to the campground and returning–otherwise, food (for instance) gets left behind. Like you, I used to wake during the wee hours and often have brilliant artful ideas which, by morning, would be forgotten. So, I began the habit of heading for my studio (regardless of the hour) which hit with those brilliant ideas. Then waking and getting up in the middle of the night became a habit–and not a good one! So, I put a pad and pencil beside my head to scribble a drawing or notes during the night–funny thing, now that the pad and pencil are there, I don’t wake up much anymore—but, if I do, I will not allow myself to get up. Up to you to break the cycle, Corrine! All that said, I have to say I love your “thoughtful” person! The simple lines allow the complexity of your (background) thoughts to overpower the canvas, just as your random thoughts crowd your head! That, too, is brilliant!

  14. I think we can all relate to this! I love your expression here!

  15. I think that remembering that the to-do list will never be complete is comforting somehow. As long as I am still doing, and that the list has nurturing, productive, nourishing things on it, than I am alive !
    Happy Living today, Corrine !

  16. I had one of those sleepless nights a couple of nights ago where my mind was racing from one thing to another. I like how you used that to make art…it speaks to me.

  17. Clearly you struck a chord here….. last night I was up to the wee hours myself – my art room was so hot in the evening I could barely think so when it cooled off a bit (about midnight), there I was trying to get some of those ideas out! Up at 5am and gelli printing away. Sigh. I totally identify with your syndrome – whatever shall we name it??? Great little confused, swirly, upside down guy!

  18. So very expressive with color and images! I loved seeing your picture in the StencilGirl newsletter as one of their Design Team Members! Again; congratulations!

    Hope you’re staying dry! We’re still getting rain here with some thunder mixed in. More all week and weekend will be 90!

    Is it September yet? xxoo

  19. Oh Corrine, I think I would be rather frustrated waking at that hour, and not being able to go to sleep again,-lol- I never gets up, prefer laying there thinking, telling myself to relax, and sleep– mostly helps in an hour or so!! I guess you just don`t want to lay there for that hour, and can se you makes wonderfully use of your nighttime…instead of staring into the darkness like I do !!!!
    Love your thoughts of thinking,- and what was created from them.

  20. What a compelling piece! I tend to work and take my inspirations when I can. Sometimes I’m overflowing with ideas, but for me, it’s important to maintain a bit of a schedule. Sigh, schedules and creativity don’t always mix, but I do try…

  21. I plan cleaning, shopping then I blow it off because I get an art itch. I clear my schedule for art time…I decide to mop the kitchen floor. Go with the flow I guess!
    Nice art BTW.

  22. I bet this was cathartic. I needed to hear those words about your list not being his list.

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