I’ve been trying to write an update of where I currently am creatively for over a week.
Literally, the words have failed me.
I’ve struggled to even write a handful of words.
I’ve reflected upon the reasons for my sudden wordly-mutism.
The closest reason I can come to is that it is like having another language. If you stop using it, you are going to struggle to find the right words when you need it.
Recently all my creative attention has been on art – painting, drawing, looking at, watching, learning.
My words are sulking in a corner, like a dog when you arrive back home after leaving them behind.
Maybe I am not bi-lingual and this will always be a problem for me?
Or perhaps I need to balance my focus and attention between the art and writing?
What if I wrote about art or paint words?
This is undoubtedly a very creative period for me but also a little confusing as I haven’t developed a clear path through it all yet.
The pathway will become apparent.
I am reading Welsh poet Gillian Clarke’s new book Roots Home. The Welsh words catching my attention and reminding me of years spent in the vale and mountains.
My wife mentioned living in Wales again, and the next day an artist on Instagram posted a photo of the hills behind our old house. Maybe it is a sign.
I’m struggling to juggle art and words, adding Welsh into the mix could be entertaining.
But then, Dylan Thomas didn’t write in Welsh, although he undoubtedly understood it.
Art came before the Words.
The Art was stopped and the Words sustained me.
Art – Roots. Words – Home.