My husband often reminds me to make a list.
When he's right, he's right... He's a very efficient and productive guy.
I get a lot done, but sometimes feel like my hair is on fire.
As a Creativite, I sometimes forget that I am efficient and productive, too!
I am so excited for my busy, travel and friend filled next several weeks.
However, I'm feeling a little overwhelm this morning.
What's next? Make a list! Prioritize and check things off as I go. It's easy and effective.
I can even make it colorful and whimsical if I want to!
I love turning my To Do list into a Ta Da list!
I love a good fortune cookie message... more than I love Chinese food. When I get a good one, I always tuck it away so I can enjoy it again and again. This one has been "tucked" for a long time.
I like to talk about perfectionism because it has been hanging around for a long time in my life.
Perfectionism is the enemy of creativity.
I have never once believed I'm perfect, but have long believed I should be.
I have let that belief go now.
YIPPEE! I am not even close to perfect and I'm not really a perfectionist. What a relief!
I'm not really a perfectionist! I want to let that sink in because I just now realized it!. I think I'm twice removed from perfection. I have bought into the idea that I should be a perfectionist when, in fact, I am not. That should be a good place to be right?
Well, in truth it's just another huge "SHOULD" I've been carrying around for a very long time.
I'm okay with "good enough."
There I said it. I'm okay with good enough.
I want to do a good job, whatever I'm doing. But perfect? Nope.
I am so grateful that today I get to live more authentically with a lot of self-acceptance! It's a very good place to be.
P.S. This is the back of the fortune. I guess self-acceptance is good medicine!
I've been having a blast coloring these mandala I created! These are on PFD Kona Cotton. I'm using Derwent Inktense Pencils and Aloe Gel, yes Aloe... like you rub onto sunburn. I want'ed to post a video of me coloring and "gelling" a mandala, but my technology skills let me down (there is a trip to the Apple Store in my near future). I will be producing and selling these fabric coloring sheets in the very near future. But I need to add a warning: This activity is extremely addictive. I plan on coloring several mandala and piecing them together for a small wall hanging. Stay tuned!
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David Bowie said, "I've come to the realisation (sic) that I have no idea what I'm doing half the time." This was in an interview in the British magazine, New Music Express in September of 1984.
He had certainly reached an admirable level of success by then.
I, too, have come to the realization that a lot of the time I have no idea what I'm doing. .
It used to feel scary, but now I kind of love it.
I had the book converted to an ebook format,
and had to figure out how to post it on Amazon to sell...
NO idea what I was doing. But I figured it out.
I needed some structure in my life, so I got a part time job selling clothes at LOFT.
Now I'm getting more done in my studio, I'm challenging my brain to learn a computerized cash register, and I have a smoking new wardrobe!!
Feeling stuck? Go out on a limb! A little adrenaline does wonders for the creative process!
Sometimes, well... ALL the time for me, getting started is the hardest part. I am lucky enough to have a lovely studio with a babbling brook right outside the window and a lovely panoramic view. But often, I have a hard time getting there.
If you can relate to this, we are not alone. Getting started is difficult for many people. My uncle used to say the hardest part of a long bike ride is the first five minutes. Why? Because we don't have any momentum.
Think back to Physics in high school (sorry for that, if your memories are anything like mine, this is not a particularly happy thought). Remember the old "a body in motion stays in motion" notion? Well, the converse is true too. It takes a lot more energy to get an unmoving body in motion.
I recommend teeny tiny little steps, the Kaizen way, to get going. Take a short trip to your creative space. Don't have any big plans in mind, just go there and look around. Don't even plan on staying. Just stop by and say "hi" to your art supplies. I bet they invite you to stay!
Once we are moving, or making, it is much easier to keep going.
"When asked how much it (Romanesque Art) meant to him,
Miró used to tap the veins in his forearm. It was in his creative lifeblood."
(Credit: BBC Culture)
Picasso also drew great inspiration from Romanesque art. I challenge you to spend some time with Images of works by Miro and Picasso. See if you can find the Romanesque influence.
Then, I invite you to find your lifeblood.
What is that thing, that inspiration that your creative practice couldn't live without?
I have several "favorite" inspirations. Each in their own way has followed and honored a unique creative journey...
Click on a name if you want to see a few of my creative heroes in action.
Jack White, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin,
Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Beck, Radiohead,
Prince and a whole bunch of creative heroes (watch until the end)
My creative lifeblood is music... I had such fun finding and watching these videos, but now I have to stop... I could stay up all night and I have to get some sleep.
And which music courses through my veins?
I'm thinking it might depend on the day, or the weather, or my mood, or Venus in transit...
This week, I'll be enjoying some of that inspiration that makes me tap my veins.
Clearly I have some more quilts to make!
Find your lifeblood and feed on it like a vampire.
Random Episodic Silent Thought
Sometimes when I can't create and I want to create, I create distractions and excuses. According to Dr Nancy Andreasen, a pioneer in the study of creavity from a neuroscience perspective, REST, or Random Episodic Silent Thought, is a crucial element in the creative process. At REST, the brain has the space to make random connections and associations essential to the creative process. I discovered a treasure trove of information in Dr. Nancy Andreasen's talk at The Aspen Ideas Festival, March 18, 2015
In less erudite terms, this state can be described as percolation, NOT to be confused with procrastination. It's important for the creative mind (which,, by the way, is every mind) to have time for random thoughts, free association and connection making. When I taught school, I used to call this "stare at the clouds" tme.
This is not REST! This is the opposite of rest.
This is a distraction and a form of procrastination for me.
Dr Andreasen breaks the creative process down into three parts.
Part 1: preparation, REST.
Part 2: inspiration, when we give ourselves permission to "surf the web", listen to music, go to the museum, or even watch a movie. Somtimes this is a "eureka" moment
(read about this in Dr Anderson's paper about creativity)
sometimes it's a marathon.
Part 3: production, the rubber hits the road and we make stuff.
Enjoy every stage of the process and intentionally embark on a unique creative journey.
Give yourself the gift of REST to get your unique creative juices flowing.
Okay, not exactly. I didn't go around the world, and it hasn't been 80 days. I have, however spent 25 of the last 31 days on the road.
It all began with a delightful trip to Midland, Texas to spend some time with the wonderful ladies of the Midland Quilters Guild. We went down the rabbit hole and spent some time being fearless with fabric and paint.
Next, I had a quick stop at home which included a "beta test" of a new class I'm working on and laundry and repacking.
After that I was off to New York City for the Creativity Workshop. A transformative four day workshop with Shelly Berc and Alejandro Fogal. Stay tuned for my version of this wonderful experience. Shelly and Alejandro are generous and committed and have given me their blessing to take bits of their workshop and make it my own.
Next, I had a delightful visit with my sister and her family. I exercised my independence and commuted to NYC for a few artist dates at museums. It was so indulgent to go by myself and spend as much time as I wanted experiencing whatever I wanted. MoMA and the Met are the highlights.
Finally, I hopped a plane for Oslo to meet our daughter for her travel week. She is studying abroad and we spent eight days skipping from Oslo, Norway to Stockholm, Sweden and landing in Copenhagen, Denmark so she could show me her home away from home.
My jets are a bit lagged, as my friend Sue said. But I am energized and inspired by all the new things I saw and experienced. I am so ready to jump back down the rabbit hole and make stuff!
Is your "to do" list jamming you?
It can even be a "want to do" list that jams me.
Sometimes I lose focus and start thinking about so many different things I want to do, that I don't get to any of them!
Luckily, I know this is fairly normal. I also know that a tiny little step gets me going.
I posted last time about doing what we love rather than trying to be all things to all people. Yesterday I gave myself permission to just play. I had made some sketches of mandala on a quick trip to Phoenix. I enlarged the sketches, transferred them to fabric and hit the studio yesterday afternoon. I've been a little off my energy game and it has been a wonderful gift to myself to just be in my creative space. I finished painting this piece today, but it's still "soaking and wet." Next step: layering and stitching.
A tiny little step and some permission to play has turned my "to do" list into a "ta da" list.
My tiny little step was the sketches of mandala.
Now I'm chomping at the bit to work in my studio...
I just may finish those bunnies yet...
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