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