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Art Inquisition: A Cure For What Ails You?

I’ve been sick this weekend and more than a little brain-fuzzy, but I still wanted to do A Thing. An Arty Thing, really. I wasn’t in much shape to string a lot of independent thoughts together, though, which isn’t really conducive to creativity.

And like many people, I kinda revert to childhood when I’m feeling ill. I want to sit around and have people bring me nice things to drink and tuck a blankie around me and let me watch bad TV and maybe play with my toys if I’m feeling up to it.

And then I remembered: I STILL hadn’t put together my Lego Research Institute! YAY TOYS!

completed Lego Research Institute set: chemist, paleontologist and chemist

I felt a bit better after I’d put all these together and set them up in a nice spot where the cats wouldn’t get them. Though maybe some of that was just getting my behind out of bed and drinking a bunch of tea, I think building something helped too.

So what do you think? Do you still ‘art’ when you’re feeling poorly? Do things like building with Lego or coloring still count? Does it help take your mind off being sick? Do you get bummed that you’re ‘wasting time’ when you can’t do as much when you’re ill, or do you adapt your plans? Do you work through the pain or do you accept the enforced break?

The Art Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab reader. It appears on random days at 3pm ET… Because NOBODY EXPECTS THE ARTIST INQUISITION!

Lego paleontologist minifig looking at scattered dinosaur Lego pieces

Well, THIS is gonna be a challenge…

Lego paleontologist looking through magnifying glass at incomplete Lego skeleton

Examining the progress of the project

lego paleontologist looking into microscope

This lab is not built for short people. *sigh*

Completed Lego paleonotologist kit: minifig with magnifying glass, T-Rex model, and microscope


Completed Lego chemist from Research Institute set

Doing a science!

completed Lego astronomer from Research Institute set


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Beth Voigt

Beth is a graphic designer in Chicago, a superhero in her own mind, and absolutely nothing on TV. She wrangles fonts professionally, pummels code amateurishly, and has been known to shove fire in her face for fun. Fond of volunteering, late-night bursts of productivity, and making snacks, she dislikes grocery shopping and public transit and is still on her first smartphone. Her opinion is that you should try everything twice; if you don't like it, you were probably doing it wrong the first time around.

1 Comment

  1. August 31, 2015 at 4:40 am

    I try to make something everyday. When I don’t have the energy to work on something big, like a painting, I try to at least do something that will help move a ceramic project forward. And when I’m in a major funk, I definitely count learning a new recipe or planting flowers as “making” something. It’s that sense of accomplishment that can help motivate me and help me get back into bigger projects the next day.

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