November 14

Creative Time and Space…Week 5

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I’m working my way through the book, Creative Space and Time by Ricë Freeman-Zachary.  This week, I read the chapter “Jumpstarting Time: A Nudge to Get Going When You’re Spinning Your Wheels.”  In last week’s reading, Ricë talked to the featured artists about what they do when they hit a dry spell.  This week, the artists shared about what they do when they find themselves in a creative rut…the creativity is there; it’s just not going anywhere.

The solutions the artists use include, (1) Rest…stepping away from creative work, business and media; (2) Going to the source of their inspiration…idea files, art books, nature, journals and sketch books; and (3) Challenging themselves…a new technique, color or business move.  The main point is to play, experiment and spend a little time in the world of “What if?” to shake things up.

This chapter is a bit ahead of where I’m at.  Creatively, I haven’t determined a style.  All my work falls into the category of play and experimentation.  It’s fun and the pressure is low, since I don’t do my work as a business.  Carter Seibels made an interesting point when she commented about the “making-art-and-making-a-living” combination and its ability to produce all kinds of “rut-inducing” problems.  Carter said, “Reconciling those two parts of your art can be tough–one of the reasons it’s a good idea to stop and think about whether you really want to make art your career or whether you’re perfectly content to keep the two completely separate.”

Art Every Day Month – Day 14


 Doodle Canvas

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