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. Once you identify how you are torturing yourself you can stop!
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" oh boy!
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 while keeping the clients needs in mind at the same time.
The article also mentions this book - Free Play, which I did get and enjoyed although not as much as I thought I would when I first wrote about it. It was a good book. Just very cerebral. I would recommend Orbiting the Giant Hairball as a good book to feel a creative jumpstart. it's one of my favs. Also Bird by Bird. I have this one by my bed and read it again and again!
Anyone think of any other Creativity Killers to add to this list?
One creativity squelcher for me is a close deadline on an important project.
I need to just enjoy the process of completing what I'm able to complete and try and "let go". (Augh, but then the guilt of the ones that didn't get done and given on Christmas...oh, the pressure)
Anyway, thanks for the article, it's nice to know that the creative block is not unique to me, I'm only a crafter, not an artist, so I thought it was just a lack of talent thing...lol
Enjoy!! and again, thx!
Great reminders. Also, I'm missing some of your more personal posts, like pet updates and pix...have you intentionally chosen to not comment on things like that anymore...like as part of "re-imaging"...? If so, I (and others) miss the more "personal you"! :)
hey there! I haven't done as many personal posts because with twitter and facebook I feel like people are hearing from me all day about the cats and things. But I d want to do more again! Thanks for the nudge!!
Right now I'm on a roll with beeswax and everything is kind of looking 'the same'...but, the I realize that this may just be 'my look' and its okay to have that.
For all I know it will lead to other experiments and a new direction.
p.s. I've used your sticky back canvas in a couple of paintings for our Retrieval Project (http://retrievalproject.blogspot.com), and I'm super excited because today my husband surprised me and ordered your paint set for me! I can't wait to get (and use) them!
I love this quote from the article:
"It's great to sit on the shoulders of giants, but don't let the giants sit on YOUR shoulders! There's no room for their legs to dangle."
Thanks for the giggle and the motivation!