the creativity conspiracy
Do you ever feel like creating something fantastic is the one thing that you want to do more than absolutely anything else? I often feel this way. Wanting to be creative is never an issue for me. And when it gets right down to it, actually making things is not the hard part either.
The clincher lies in actually allowing myself to do it. How do you make art when life's responsibilities and expectations are calling at a not-so-dull roar?
The business of making things can quickly become the business of managing things.
It can take time to balance the two but now, after seventeen years, I find myself committing more than ever, to being a maker of things. Though it's not simple to ignore all that conspires to divert your creative attention, my first plan of action is to make some (possibly tough) decisions as to what is really worthy of my energy. There's plenty of necessities on life's to-do list without the need for irrelevant or overstated extras.
My plan is simple and effective. Get started. Repeat.
Get started at realizing those images that are in your mind and in your heart. Get started at drawing, painting, stitching, writing, what is authentically you. Get started at something that is simple and fulfilling. Be productive at working slowly.
Be intentional. Get started.
5/8/2016 05:24:33 pm
It's OK to go slow. Enjoy the process and consider your choices artistically.
5/9/2016 05:52:57 am
Well said Lynn. Something I'm making an effort to remember and incorporate.
5/9/2016 08:00:26 am
Permission is a big one for me I now give myself permission to make my own things my own way for the most part. If it is liked great if not oh well. i make them for my own pleasure. It is my own expression of what I am doing. Most likely it wont end up in the Celebrations. If it did that would be lovely too.
5/11/2016 06:31:23 am
Yes! Permission! Permission to make without a purpose, without an order to fill or a deadline to meet. I'd like to fit this in :) This is what I'm working towards.
5/9/2016 03:49:16 pm
I have finally given myself permission to teach myself about color and also to learn how to draw. I want to do my own rug patterns. I am thankful for my hooking group because they have encouraged me. Donna Hrkman says that all rug hookers are artists and I agree with her! All of this because of rug hooking!
5/11/2016 06:36:35 am
Elizabeth, I think that taking the time to draw, sketch, paint is the best gift I've ever given myself. I sketched constantly as a child. Now I have to consciously allow myself the time! That's crazy! We should reach for our creativity as we would food or water. Don't you think?
5/9/2016 04:39:29 pm
Please read this article...www.handeyemagazine.com/content/slow-cloth. It so explains what I believe about craft vrs Crafts.
5/20/2016 12:45:48 pm
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