...serenity in motion

Don't be intimidated by the blank page. We all have to start somewhere.

Somedays, I stare at a blank surface and wonder; “What in the hell am I going to do with that?”  We all get hung up with a block in the flow of our creativity.  What do you do when that happens? 

I have said in the past, “You can’t court the muse” and it still holds true.  Doing art as a business isn’t about waiting for the feeling to come over you.  I get it.  When you feel like this, most times you aren’t very brilliant but the thing that matters is that you start.  Start anywhere, it doesn’t matter if what you do isn’t very good right now.  It is the act of creating that is important.

I went into the studio recently and started something.  I fought with it for hours and I still hate it but, it also gave me ideas of where to go from here. I might re-work it, but I think I will try doing it from a different place.  Try a new direction like, mapping out the composition, even if it is clouds. There are formulas for building a balanced composition and maybe this is the time to try it.  What is the most important, I keep working.

You might not be particularly brilliant with what you do but you are creating momentum. Creativity is like a muscle; if you don’t use it at all, it atrophies or weakens.  As it weakens, you lose confidence.  Don’t think that everything you create needs to be perfect, and don’t worry if right now all you create is crap.  Have faith that the amazing things you did in the past, were done by you.  Consider that your perception of your own ability has changed and what you are doing now, might just blow your past self away.

Like Disney says, “Keep moving forward.”  Failure teaches you more sometimes than success so lets get learning. 

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