"The creative process is a process of surrender, not control." - Julia Cameron
I have a confession: the creative process does not come easily to me. In my head it's easy, I'm constantly coming up with ideas. But getting myself into the studio (otherwise know as our extra bedroom) to execute those ideas is somewhat like pulling teeth. I would describe myself as an "accidental artist": I never had the intention of being an artist, I just found myself becoming one about 6 years ago. For those who are not familiar with my story, here is an entry I wrote about how this all came about How I Became an Artist
I think my personality, as far as a career goes, lends itself to working best in a structured environment, having clear deadlines and expectations, and being around other people. Kind of the opposite of being an artist!
I was having such a hard time getting myself into the studio today and I began to think about my creative process. Since I am relatively new to this art thing, I'm still learning about what works best for me in terms of how I create. I occasionally read about artists whose overwhelming desire to create constantly is like breathing. I am not one of those artists. However, I am aware I see the world a bit differently than others - a world of beautiful imagery and symbolism, and when I do finally get myself making art, it feels absolutely right.
So, here are the guidelines I have come up with so far about my own creative process:
- I should try to spend some time related to making art daily, even if it's just a few minutes (this does not including promoting my art on the internet or working on my etsy shop!) Getting back into the studio for me after a long break is exactly like getting back to exercising after a long break - tough!
- It's ok to work on more than one project at a time. I spend a lot time waiting for glue and paint to dry, so why not work on a few small collages at once?
|A few of the collages I am working on right now|
- I really hate getting glue and paint on my hands (figures I make collages!) I must keep a pack of baby wipes nearby otherwise the glue is impossible to wash off later.
- Frequent breaks are a good thing. I am much more productive and enjoy myself more when I take lots of small breaks rather than try to work straight through on a project.
|Art Assistant Carmela takes frequent breaks|
- Any art I create must have meaning to me. Oh the ideas I've come up with that would probably get me a lot more sales on Etsy! But I ...just...can't. My heart goes into everything I make and I really need it to have some meaning or relevance - even if it's tiny. And that's ok too.
I would love to hear anyone else's ideas about the creative process and what gets you going!