Creative Slump

cre·a·tiv·i·ty
[kree-ey-tiv-i-tee]
–noun

1.
the state or quality of being creative

2.
the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.

3.
the process by which one utilizes creative ability: Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.

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Well I have not been feeling very inspired lately.  I have not been feeling challenged.  The past few weeks I felt like everything I touched was turning to poo (which is rare for me) – so I kept starting new things, in an attempt to push forward.  Now I have a bunch of half started pieces of nonsense scattered everywhere.  Part of the problem is that my studio is a wreck and I am at a loss at how to organize it.  And I can’t seem to organize my thoughts either (it has taken me two weeks just o complete this post.)  The other part of the problem is that a huge project was pulled out from under me and I have not been motivated to finish things in spite of it.

And I am going through this phase where I don’t really want to be bothered and allow anyone in my studio anymore (like regular walk-in traffic, not actual clients.)  It was never my intention to be this retail space, but evolved into something else – and I have just been going with the flow.  But now feel like retreating.  Lose all the distractions.  I will let you in on a secret:  I actually like being a recluse. I don’t really like, or relate to people all that well.  I do not mince my words, and my fake, bull-shit tolerance is very low – therefore that weeds a bunch of people out (thank God).  If the world were comprised of just animals I would be the Queen.  However, it is not – and having an open studio forces me to interact with people and encourages me to articulate both my physical and mental thought process behind each work. Things I never really consider unless I attempt to explain to someone else.   I never think about what I am doing – I just DO.

But as much as I want to just hole up in a big lonely warehouse and grumble about everything – nobody wants to buy art from a Hermit-Ogre.  So I struggle with taking control back, and finding some balance.  I am sure I will feel better once I clean and organize my work space. I just need to make that time.

I think I read something recently that creativity and inspiration does not occur in the studio – but in fact starts in your everyday life.  How you think, shop, cook, dress, plan, what you read, garden, etc.  So I have been going back to basics to get to the core. I have been working on my home a bunch:  Entertaining, decorating, rearranging, organizing my house, cooking, shopping, etc.  And spending time outdoors:  Gardening, walking on the beach, bike riding – all in an attempt to keep it moving.  The color of Spring make me happy. Spring inspires.  Spring invigorates.

According to Wikipedia, “Creativity is the ability to improve, where by through improvement value is added. What counts as “improved” may be in reference to the individual creator, or to the society or domain within which the innovation occurs. What counts as “valuable” is similarly defined in a variety of ways, but usually through its comparative uniqueness.”

So I need to keep reminding myself that Creativity is not just “the spirit or muse behind the art” – but a whole “improvement movement.” So I guess if I throw enough flowers in the dirt hole it won’t be a dirt hole anymore.

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One response to “Creative Slump

  1. love your honesty … Laughing because some of your thoughts are so affirming. thank you

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