Now that I think about it -- whenever I feel creatively flat I think it really can fall into one of the categories that is outlined in this article by Todd Henry.
He talks about 3 sources of creativity killers:
1. Our Heroes - Comparing yourself or your work to another artist you admire is a sure way to to feel inferior. I agree! Sometimes if I spend too much time hopping around Etsy or various blogs, I start to feel down about my own work. Seeing all these juicy blogs makes me start to compare my work and then quickly leads down a dark road to feeling bad about my work.
2. Our Own Work - Another great point in this article is one I didn't even really think about. When you create a "pinnacle" work that you feel is above all your other works and then you compare everything else that you create to that one piece. I do this sometimes and now that I think about it, it is a creativity crusher. I am on the road to a creative block if I keep thinking to myself "if only I could make another piece as good as THAT one"
3. Others Expectations - Imagining what others will say about a work that I am creating is a direct route to stopping the creative process. This can be a real challenge for me especially when I am making art for custom artwork orders. It's hard to push those thoughts of "will they like this?" aside and just "go with the process"!
The article also mentions this book - Free Play, which I am really curious about!
Anyone think of any other Creativity Killers to add to this list?
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when I am working on something that is turning out bad, I set it aside - usually hide it so I don't look at it or pick at it - and then start something totally new. Most times if i am lucky I will come up with a new idea how to fix the one I didn't like while working on the new piece.
other times there are those duds that just have to be gessoed over and they have to become something new!
I also think it's helpful to know that all artists and creative people make work that they think is poopy. When I make work I hate it helps me to remember that!
Congratulations on your beautiful new nest!
If you got a photo of you hand carrying your printer in the car ,I think you should definitely do a custom creation of it and send it to Canon!
Perhaps they will send you another one for safe keeping =)
I look forward to finding your new products.
I think that house I took pictures of in FL will be your next inspiration. LOL
Thanks for the link to the article and your comments on it. When you are feeling the lack-o-mojo-blues, it's nice to know you're not the only one! And, being able to figure out what put you in your blues can help you get out of them, too! :-)
Thanks for all your gracious giving of yourself & inspirations.
I love your work and am a big fan of yours. I can relate to all three points listed. As a graphic designer another creativity killer for me is deadlines and trying to get everything done at lighting speed. You're so talented Claudine, I know you'll get your creative mo-jo back soon.