If you have spent any time reading my blog, you will realize by now that my art comes in fits and starts. Right now I’m in a prolonged period of inactivity. I think it’s one of the challenges of a non-working artist. I don’t have show deadlines or orders to push me into making work. I have to push myself, and that can be pretty difficult at times.
Lately, I’ve been succumbing to all the “static” around me. You know, all that day-to-day stuff like appointments, errands, kid ferrying etc. etc. etc. I haven’t done anything creative in weeks. I can’t even claim I am channeling some of my creative energy into blog writing as I have done precious little writing too. Spring is a tough time with its on again off again sunshine and bouts of cold damp. Surely I can’t be the only artist who wallows a bit in the mental mud of March and April?
Well, I am determined to drag myself out of it today.
Yesterday, my sister and I were discussing Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit. She’s been reading it, and it sounds like a book I need to pick up. The concept that you need to make going into the studio a regular habit is something I really need to put into action. I also liked the idea of developing some kind of “stretching” exercise to start off a session in the studio. These aren’t new ideas, but I think I’ve heard them enough by now that it has finally sunk in. I need to stop thinking about all this stuff and start doing… SOMETHING.
So, the plan for today is to stop beating myself up for my current lethargy, and all the things I wish I had done, and just get down into the studio for a bit of time in between the appointments and errands and kid pick ups I’ve got scheduled today. It’s a particularly broken up day and it’s going to be a challenge. Too much chaos in my studio can be a block in and of itself, so I am going to start by simply spending time in the studio clearing out the mess left behind by Synergy prep and the Weekend of Clay prep. It’s not exactly a creative activity, but at least I’ll be spending some time in the studio. It’s a start.