After spending over 20 years creating some kind of art in some form or fashion, selling my art or not, running a brick and mortar store, running an online store, teaching live classes, teaching online classes I think I am finally learning something.
There are things you know intellectually in your head and then there are the things you know in your heart your soul, your gut. For a very long time I have known and understood that you can not "wait" for inspiration to smack you upside the head with an idea.
How many times have we all said and thought and felt...oh I just can't create today because I'm not inspired. I'm just as guilty as anyone else. It's a very good and acceptable excuse right? People are understanding about not being inspired right?
So what has finally crawled it's little whiny self out of my head and I truly think finally into my heart, my soul, my gut?
You. Can. Not. Wait. Don't feel like creating? Do. It. Anyway. Don't know where to start? Start. Anywhere. It will lead you somewhere. And guess what. Where it leads doesn't have to be a perfect masterpiece. It only has to be.
Creativity is a great feeder upon itself. If you start something, anything, even if you are apathetic about what you are doing, if you start, the inspiration will start to come. It may not be a big lightening hallelujah strike. You may not even realize how creative you are being until you are done. But one thing is for sure. If we sit around whining about it, it will definitely not show it's face. Who likes a whiner right?
Know how this piece got created?
It got created because I got up off my lethargic feeling hiney and told myself all I had to do was go into the studio and take 3 colors and my fingers and smear them around on this piece of wood I had laying around, and to have no expectations. In the smearing of that paint something took hold. I don't know what it was but when the paint dried I wanted to come back and try something else to see where that would lead. And this is the way it went. One step at a time leading to a next step. I had no clue where I was going, I just let myself be led.
I like where I landed. And I think it finally opened my eyes to my heart.