Keeping the Creative Juices Flowing – Priorities

Several years ago, after I’d been away from my artwork for a few months — due to a broken ankle and a very involving personal growth project — I got back on track by following an active online artists group and reading a popular creativity book. At the time, I wrote in my old blog: “Now I’m feeling like an artist again (or even moreso) and ready to keep creating. I love the way I can get caught up in drawing and lose track of the time and effort involved — there is no effort when I’m really into it….I’ve got a whole new appreciation for seeing what I’m trying to draw and for composing the drawing.”

At the time, I felt like my creative juices were in full flood and unstoppable. In reality, of course, I know they can be stopped by a wide variety of distractions — personal problems, work-related overload, getting busy with other projects, the holidays, etc., etc. The bottom line is PRIORITIES — setting them and keeping them set. Being willing to put my creative time first on my lengthy to-do list.

I’m still mastering the fine art of prioitizing my life around my art career, as opposed to shoehorning my art career into my life. I love it when I feel like an artist and get so caught up in a project that I lose track of time. It just doesn’t happen often enough.

What I want to know is this: How do YOU manage to keep yourself on track for creativity, despite the distractions, interruptions and other temptations that can send priorities flying out the studio window? Please share.

Happy creating — Linda


2 thoughts on “Keeping the Creative Juices Flowing – Priorities

  1. Early this year I got back into art after not being very engaged in it for many years. Some major life changing issues made me reassess what was possible. Digital art had become a fascination for a few years prior to trying it myself. I had to get rid of all the preconceived ideas I had learned from people who had been strong influences in my youth.

    I learned to focus on feelings, rather than mainly intellectual ideas. No matter what I started out painting, I would continue to focus on the feeling of the moment. There were no expectations or mandatory rules to think about. This focus on feelings allowed me to have a freedom in art I had never experienced. It keeps everything fresh and experimental. I’m continually learning. Now I feel certain that art will always be a part of my life.

    • Thanks for your comment, surrealsol! Congratulations on having the courage to reassess what is possible for you, explore new fascinations, give up expectations, rules, and preconceived ideas from the “gurus” of your youth, and boldly experiment with your art. Those are huge steps that can become stumbling blocks in the way of our growth. For me letting go of my expectations, especially my expectation that my art should look a certain way (including the way I had envisioned it in advance!) was also a big breakthrough. I’m going to share more about what you’ve said in my next post. THANKS again!

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