Creativity, Blocks and Free Cool Stuff to Overcome the Difficult
October 25, 2008
All of us artistic types experience “dry” times when the ideas don’t seem to flow and everything feels like slogging through mud. So the question I pose when I hear about someone kicking themselves for not getting into the studio to do some work is this:
Can you work every minute of every day? Do you know anyone that can work every minute of every day?
Think about that. As an artist, that’s what you’re doing whether you know it or not. Your mind is always churning, looking at color combinations or shapes, putting things together in a pleasing fashion or processing through some artistic challenge all the time. Other people go home after work and transition their focus to their life at home. Artists often go home after work and start thinking about their art or how they’re not doing their art. Seems to me it’s a lot to ask an artist to be “producing” tangible work all the time they aren’t at the day job – even if you don’t have a day job! Especially when that artist mind is always in overdrive whether you’re conscious of it or not.
I say let your mind percolate; sift through thoughts, ideas, juxtapositions or whatever. Don’t hassle it. Let it go. When the time is right you won’t be able to keep yourself from going into the studio or your work area and put your hand to making something. Especially when it hits you that your “real life” is when you’re making your art! Get your mind around that thought. Real life = making my art. NOT “real life” first, making my art, later.
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Remember that being a creative personality is a rich experience and not one to be diminished by some wierdly imposed standard that we apply only to ourselves, (maybe so that we can stay disappointed in ourselves and thereby avoid what we really need to do – make art). We have so much going on in our heads, our feelings and how best to express ourselves that the actual time we spend putting a brush to canvas or pen to paper is the smaller percentage of our time. I know the feeling of wishing to be working in my studio more than anything else but not being able to get myself in there. As a group we are susceptible to putting our desire to make art on hold but do not forget that the play we do in our heads is just as important as playing with our materials.
At the same time it’s important for us to know that making art is a worthy, WORTHY goal when that is what you’re meant to do. Enjoy the process whether it’s in your head or you’re bringing it out into the world. It’s ALL good.