Silence of the Hamsters

Ink, colored pencil & watercolor in 9×12 sketchbook (Larger)

In yesterday’s post I wrote about what I call “Hamster Brain” (when my mind gets stuck spinning in a hamster wheel of “shoulds” and I can’t figure out what to do next and so do nothing). I was going through an old sketchbook and found this illustration I did in 1999 on a similar day of “my brain on hamsters.”

When I read the journal entry it was interesting to see that I’d figured out back then what was really going: a fear of not having enough: not enough time, and maybe not enough talent or skill either as I faced the artist’s version of writer’s block…that icky fear that seems to come around when I finish one project and am faced with the blank canvas/sheet of paper. I’ve learned to encourage myself and turn off those critical voices but every once in awhile they sneak up and get me when I’m not looking.

Today was so much more enjoyable,  even though it was pouring down rain. I did my errands, went to the gym, and painted. Sometimes it takes a hamster-brained day like yesterday to make me really appreciate an ordinary day that is joyous just by the absence of negativity and blocks.

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  1. Jana, this is priceless! Now, isn’t this the core Jana style you were talking about?? Not only do I really love your artwork, but I so admire your openness and your honesty.

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  2. Oh how I know about that condition, Jana — in fact it hit me hard yesterday too! Think the moon was off orbit or something? I DO LOVE your hampster nonetheless …. and I too got in a bit of a walk .. horray!

    Hope today is MUCH better!

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  3. What a cute little hamster! And really, aren’t they just a novel way of the brain telling us to take a deep breath and count to ten?
    Better than aspirin or Prozac, I guess!

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  4. I don’t like little furry things, but totally get this!!! LOL…. Your blog is so much fun to visit!

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  5. I cracked up at the title of this! Gawd, can I relate to this! I find also that a day locked in brain struggle makes the “free” days so much sweeter. Maybe one day the hampsters will retire!!!!

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  6. Love all those hamsters on the ferris wheel! … Or should that be “ferret wheel”? 😀

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  7. I can relate, too, but I wonder– along with dinahmow– perhaps the hamster is “telling” us that we are needing to “take a deep breath and count to ten?”

    And the hamster IS so adorable.

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  8. What a wonderful piece of inspiration … we should all write (draw?) little notes to ourselves ‘in the future’, when we can find them when we really need them … wonderful drawing Jana!

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  9. […] coinage? Jana Bouc of JanasJournal.com published two posts in early 2008 discussing “hamster brain,” including a hilarious cartoon of […]

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