|burning stuff once again|
it's real talk slash tough loving time.
you know those times
when you come out of studio
- having forgotten to eat and sleep for days -
and completely spent?
this is not one of those times.
(if it is, how did you make it past the title? and
for crying out loud, pour yourself
a big glass of red, bask in
the glory of it, and enjoy
the fruit of your labor!)
oh, this is different.
you just checked your facebook page
for the 13th time today,
hit refresh on your etsy stats/inbox/twitter,
getting inspired by
crying over breathtaking art on pinterest
and even more time staring in despair
at blank canvas.
read on, my friend.
having come out of a 2, ok, 4 week studio funk
with one glorious full day of painting,
i'm feeling good. in fact,
i feel victorious enough
to impart the bits of wisdom
that really worked for me.
1.admit you have a problem
in the midst of the funk, your creative spirit
in one way only:
by making beautifully crafted excuses.
be honest with yourself.
do you really need more research
more often than not i find
i'm just procrastinating,
overcome by fears.
2. give yourself a (guilt free) break
don't be tempted to skip this one.
sure you've spent a lot (too much) time
not getting essential work done,
but beating yourself up
doesn't exactly count as relaxing.
take some intentional time off
(a half an hour, even a day if you need).
and make it good!
you'll be much more motivated to get to work
in your newly found
3.take a hike
go for a walk. breathe in the crisp air.
get your blood pumping.
open your eyes. listen.
4. ease into the work with a bit of play
don't start off trying to paint the next masterpiece.
that buys you an express ticket
to overwhelm town.
instead, go non-committal. have some fun with it.
i tear some lovely papers to bits.
burn the edges.
glue random odds and ends to a failed canvas.
throw some paint.
explore a new way of making marks.
5. meet self imposed deadlines
now that you've been quite nice to yourself,
it's time for some tough loving.
create some artificial deadlines.
push yourself to the limit.
find that you're made of steel
in addition to the ooey-gooey arty stuff.
6. turn your computer off and get to work
turns your computer off and get to work.
just do it.
7. celebrate the little victories
you know what to do.
for me, it's the sweet sweet vices:
whiskey & a nice cigar on the patio.
or working on a fun sewing project:
giving an old sweater
edgy & feminine new life.
cheers! you did it!
tell me your tales of painting victory
and beating studio funk!