I feel like I’m starting to make a comeback. When I had my sweet boy Marty a little over a year ago, my creative projects came to a screeching halt–my blog went unwritten, canvases were dry and emails went unanswered. I went into hibernation because I was alllll baby alllll the time, for a long time (being a first time mom,and all).
Although I was frustrated at some points because I just wanted to get back to creating stuff, I knew that I needed that time to focus on other things. And in a way it was a gift: coming out of any kind of hibernation is wonderful because you see with new eyes. That hiatus from creating was rejuvenating because it built up a yearning for me to get back to it. I can feel that urgency to create again and I’m excited.
But as I get back into the flow, I realize that I need to be flexible with how I’m expressing my creativity due to time+ life constraints. It’s just not realistic for me to say I’m going to paint for 2 hours everyday–I don’t have the time or attention span (or cooperative baby!) I’m a different person than I was, and my art is changing with me.
So I’m practicing new ways to be creative, and some of it isn’t painting either. It’s ways to incorporate creativity into everyday life to keep that energy flowing. Maybe you can try a few of these practices in your day, too:
Try a new medium
I moved from canvas to paper. It’s a lot more portable and more forgiving too! I can experiment easier and not worry about messing things up. Also, it’s easy to pull it out really quick with minimum set-up. Right now I’m using the Canson Mixed Media Pad (11×14) and I love it. I’m also having a lot of fun playing on Canva (so much that I created a course on it!) I create all of my blog images and online profile + post pictures there.
Use different supplies
I’m still using acrylics, but I’m using a lot more paint pens and these watercolor crayons. The flexibility of these supplies is inspiring! And it’s challenging to incorporate my usual style with new tools (which is good for me).
Dress with intention
Whenever I go out, I try to put on clothes that I love and that make me feel good. I’ve been purging a lot of old outfits to make room for more ease. Lord knows I wear the a lot of the same pieces over and over, but at least I really love them. And at least I’m not bogged down with the clutter.
Take more pictures
I have a Samsung Galaxy phone and love to take pictures with it because the camera is awesome! Not only can I use the images for blog post background images, but it creates a photo memory of my days and it’s fun to look back and see what interesting views I’ve captured.
Write Down Thoughts As They Come Up
My memory is short these days so when I think of a clever idea I have to write it down immediately. And even when it’s not so clever, but I feel like there’s something more to explore, I write that down, too. It’s along the lines of, “entertaining the muse when she shows up” and not judging my ideas right away. Otherwise if I don’t write things down, it escapes into the air never to be remembered again 🙂 These days, I’m loving google keep for this.
Look at art videos
I love looking at Flora’s work, I could watch her all day! And she always gives me new ideas when I watch her paint. I also love the artist video posts on Stampington, especially the ones about new supplies. Painting videos really spark my creativity when I’m feeling a lull.
I have a private Facebook Group and the sole intention of it is to create a space to share our creative projects. It’s fun and low pressure to be a part of and gives just the right amount of inspiration and support. I love popping in to see what everyone has been up to! The community is growing, want to join?
So those are just a few ways I keep my creativity flowing everyday. I try to change it up/add new things periodically to keep it fresh and fun. Do you have a daily practice that keeps your creativity flowing? Come over to the group and tell us about it.