27 June 2010

Time for Creativity

From a large canvas painting that has been sitting
in the corner some time, waiting to be finished.

All too often, we are swept up in our obligations: work, study, events, children, errands. So many of us find that there is not enough time in the day to not only complete the things we need to do, but do the things we want to do. Art, photography, and general creativity may fall to the wayside, waiting for us to take it up again "when we have the time".

This is a sad circle that is easily begun and, in some cases, never seems to end. I've found myself in this situation recently, caught up in schedules and places to be; my art has been suffering. I miss creating and experimenting in my art journal. I miss blogging. I miss doing the things I love to do, and I miss interacting with the wonderful friends I have made here.

The solution, I believe, is to fly in the face of any excuse you might tell yourself by starting immediately, without allowing your mind to debate. If you have fifteen minutes, ten, five, or two, use it - don't read, get on the internet, or lie down. Pick up a paint brush. Cut images from a magazine. Write half a page on a topic that interests you, or simply make a list of things you'd like to write about. Snap a picture or two. You don't have to do anything grand, complete, or impressive.

I find that once I begin creating, no matter if I'm tired or uninspired, I feel art's pull once again and am able to ride a creative wave - and in the end I feel relaxed, inspired, and centered. The trick is to just begin. As you finish this post, why don't you close the browser window, let the computer sleep, and give yourself a five minute craft break? The time is there; you - and I - just have to use it!


~Barb~ said...

I do the very things you speak of here...allowing life and obligations (and excuses) to keep me from creating. Too often I "can't find time" to be creative but it's all because I take a nap or read a magazine or play on the internet instead of creating. I really have to stop this behavior! Thanks for reminding me.
Peace & Love,

Uva - MadameRenard said...

Interesting post!
When I'm busy I try to find 10-15 minutes everyday to create; it's not so difficult and I have results.
Silvia from Italy

Dyche Designs said...

Good reminder . . . we all need to take time for ourselves. :0)

Brandi said...

You really always know how to inspire, Ingrid. I needed this reminder. It's so easy to get lost in other things...

Silver Strands said...

Wow. Really good advice!

whollyafool said...

good ideas! it's hard when your mind is in a million different places and you have all sorts of obligations to fulfill...i get caught up in this quite often and tend to forget that i have this creative place in my head i can always come back to.

Persis Shah said...

your words are so spot on!

just passing by ur blog and i have to say i LOVE it! please drop by mine too...maybe we can follow each other. =)


Ingrid said...

thanks so much for your comments, ladies. i think that the act of creating, no matter what the outcome is, can inspire us when we have been uninspired before. we just have to trust in that - and start!


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