Welcome to this week’s Musings!
How to find a lost Mojo
Before I went on holiday a couple of comments surfaced about losing inspiration for painting and modelling. Responses generally amounted to the same thing, it happens to us all and it will return in due course so never fear. Against this background I got to thinking about my own inspiration, where I get my own ideas from and what I’m most likely to do to try to get my mojo back the next time I lose it.
I guess the first thing I’d say on the subject is that I’m lucky. Lucky in the sense that I’m not stuck on any particular period or genre. I do have my favourites of course but I’ve an open mind to doing something completely random. This I think is a big help and if you are willing to explore and do something different, even as a one-off small project, then I think this offers the best option for rekindling interest. I’m also into dioramas and vignettes rather than army building which might make things a little easier too. Of course you still need to be inspired, something has to ignite the flame.
The following is a list I’ve put together of my go to ideas to get my creative juices flowing. It’s not exhaustive by any means and from time to time I add to it. It might be of interest to you, it might not but I have found that it works for me.
In no particular order I typically check out:
- Google and/or Pinterest using suitable search criteria. Often I search “28mm dioramas” which invariably throws up all manner of ideas across all genres;
- Book titles, either those in my own book collection or which might feature in a google top 100 list or similar. Classics such as Treasure Island and The Last of the Mohicans have been inspirational for me but so to has Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth, a contemporary classic;
- The cinema as another medium to tap into. Films old and new, historical or futuristic are responsible for numerous items which appear on my Modelling “Wish List”;
- Quotations, often as a derivative of film, although not exclusively so. There are some great movie lines out there. Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character had some great lines as did Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator. Figures for both exist and are also on my modelling “Wish List”. A Google search will offer an almost endless supply of ideas;
- TV in the same way I consider books and film. There are some great programs out there, Game of Thrones immediately springs to mind;
- Other people’s blogs. A relatively new one for me but significant all the same. The fantasy genre which has dominated my more recent work was inspired by the work of many of you guys;
- Modelling shows. These have proved very useful too. There are some amazingly talented people out there and there is nothing quite like seeing things in the flesh;
- Historical anniversaries such as WW1 which, care of my modelling club, set me on a journey of discovery I would never have embarked upon.
As I mentioned earlier, this is not an exhaustive list by any means. Please feel free to comment as I’d love to know what has provided inspiration for you so I can add it to the list. Who knows, in the future we might help ourselves as well as others.
Alternatively we might become suicidal having decided to give up completely!
Home Alone – Domestic Progress Update
The continuing absence of She Who Must Be Obeyed (she is currently looking after her poorly sister in Edinburgh and not due back for at least another week) has seriously limited my modelling time. On the positive side her absence has so far taught me three things.
- The house keeping budget doesn’t go nearly as far when you spend it on going out for a meal every night;
- I’ve probably used up more energy trying to avoid doing any domestic chores than it would have taken to have done them;
- Advertisements can be misleading (see below).
Domestic progress during the continued absence of SWMBO has been slow, one could say almost non-existent. In other words everything is going to plan. Well my plan that is, not the plan I was left by SWMBO.
Some top cooking tips from Aussie bloggers, doubtless skills learnt from a hard days graft working in the bush, has provided me with some nutritious lunch options. The local pub has as planned provided excellent evening meals with the added benefit of a pint or two and no washing up! Eating out has pretty much resolved the need for shopping as well, another little bonus. So far the need to use domestic appliances has not arisen although I’ll swear the washing machine is looking at me, almost daring me to use it! Maybe at the end of the week I will but for now the floor area surrounding the over flowing laundry basket still has space.
As for cleaning the house I thought I’d cracked it by chance when looking for modelling inspiration on Google images. I typed “28 to 54 Models” into Google and found myself looking mostly at scantily dressed attractive women between those ages rather than the anticipated military figures and dioramas that I expected to see. I was about to try again when amongst the various images there was an advert for “Discreet Domestic Services”.
What a great idea I thought. Why not get someone round to clean and tidy the place before SWMBO gets home from visiting her poorly sister in Edinburgh! Better than that, someone who’s discreet would enable me to take all the credit for the place looking all spick and span.
Has to be worth a go right?
So I rang the number…
“ Hi, I’m phoning in regard to your advert and wondered if I could ask you a few questions?”
“No problem, what do you want to know”
“You sound foreign?”
“Yes I’m from Russia. Is that what you wanted to know?”
“Ere no, I was just expecting someone who is English”
“You want English girl, I can get you English girl”
“No, no you sound fine. How much do you charge?”
“Basic service is £50.00”
“That sounds fine, just as long as you can lick things into shape”
“You want extras?”
“What, like dusting?”
“You call this dusting in England?”
“I think so. I’ve never done this sort of thing before so I’m not completely sure”
“OK but dusting is extra”
“No problem, I might as well go the full monty and keep the wife happy!”
“You want me to provide service for two?”
“No, no just me. The wife’s away you see so I thought I’d get a few jobs done discreetly. You are discreet aren’t you?”
“Yes, yes I am very discreet, all my clients demand it”
“And there I was thinking I was the only one! How often do you think you will need to come?”
“Normally I come once but I can come as often as you want me to?”
“I’m sure once will be fine, it’s not that dirty. Just as long as it comes out looking nice and clean. Talking of which, do you bring your own cleaning products or do I need to get some bits in?”
“I always bring tissues”
“Is that all? No vacuum cleaner or anything?
“Hello! Hello! Anyone there?”
Can you believe it, she hung up just like that. Hardly the way to run a cleaning business in my opinion.
So, despite my best intentions I’m back to leaving it for the wife to do when she gets back. At least I can say I tried, well sort of. A high risk strategy according to some of you but as the Dr Pepper advert goes, what’s the worst that could happen?
Still a week to go before she returns.
Time enough to formulate a cunning plan!
Untile next time.