Friday, January 25, 2013
Are you in a creative rut? I am.
Can you say "Rut"? I can - because I'm in one. Like an addict, admitting it is the first step.
So what is the creatively challenged to do?
Hunker down and just get to work.
Stop making excuses and make some art.
Sounds simple right?
Well it is. .....sort of. Sometimes some help - or a swift kick in the butt is needed.
Luckily, while searching for something very important on the internet (ok - pinterest specifically : that time crusher dressed in beautiful clothing) I came across Twyla Tharps book "The Creative Habit".
Which is the Best. Book. Ever. The 'kick' I needed. Reading and rereading it now - getting ready to start doing the exercises at the end of each chapter. Starting with my sketchbook. It always starts with the sketchbook doesn't it? Why do so many go half filled and forgotten?
No more - from now on my sketchbook is going everywhere.
That will cover #1 - find your pencil - the one creative tool needed. After that 2-building a tolerance for solitude (no problem there, being alone rules), 3-Facing your Fears - ok this one is big, time to make a list and 4 - Going without for 1 week - take a week off from clutter and distractions ....hmmm like pinterest and social media? duh.
So if you see me with a pen in a little red book just smile and know that I'm doing my Twyla homework, getting one step closer to breaking the block.