This week we wrapped up Thanksgiving in the US and the holiday season is in full swing! Whether we like it or not, and I’m not a fan of the chaotic stress that comes with the holidays, it’s time to get our holiday joy going.
For this week’s Creative Jumpstart, I want you to look for that creative spark from the holiday season.
A few months ago I realized the best way for me to improve my art was to make drawing a habit. I dreaded the idea. I know practice makes perfect, but I really didn’t think I could commit to daily drawing.
Then one day I picked up the pencil and started drawing. Day 1.
Then the next. Day 2.
And the next. Nothing extravagant, twenty minutes. Maybe half an hour if I was lucky.
For the longest time I always wanted to be a landscape artist. Then I said why not portraits? Then is was abstract. Then it was Zentangles. Then it was mandalas. Oh there are animals and flowers too. It was this experimentation that made me realize what I want to do as far as my art. Yeah, this took a while and the pile of balled-up paper in the garbage showed my frustration. But in the end, I learned and I grew as an artist by experimenting. Continue reading Art Experimenting Works! Why Aren’t You Trying It?
I felt the need for a short blog post on this Monday. Something to get the motivation going for the creatives this week. Here is my thought on why sometimes walking away from what you’re doing is beneficial.
What do you do when you struggle with creativity? The answer is simple: stop trying. Seriously. Stop. Put down what you are trying to do and walk away. Clear your mind.
Remove all thoughts of creating.
Then go back later.
This time away will be empowering. You will be more creative. More clear. A better purpose you will find. Once you see what your purpose for creating is, you will find success.
Try it. I do this at least twice a week. Do you know how challenging it can be to spark your own creativity? It’s daunting but extremely rewarding when that idea takes light.
Be creative today and all week by stepping back. Take some time to clear your thoughts. Once that sparks ignites, there is no stopping your creativity.