10/03/2009

for the days when... (part deux)


for the days when you're not quite feeling it:

if nothing grabs hold of you when you sit down to create, don't force it - quality is better than quantity. lighten up.

the value of play is often underestimated - it's not only a great way to have fun, but it's good for your health and stress levels, and exercises your brain in terms of flexibility. remember when creating something first took hold of you? you'd take some time and genuinely just dabble in your craft. you'd try various techniques and approaches and eventually, you found a way that you thought worked best for you.

keeping this in mind, on the days when you're not quite feeling it, try switching it up.

(penicillin was discovered purely by accident - you too could come across a new favourite colour combination, inspiration or technique purely by changing your routine.)

are you a painter who plans? plan less. just put paint to canvas and see where it takes you. mixed media? put together two textures you haven't worked with before, and that you're not sure will work. writer? just write. don't edit.

too often we censor ourselves in the interests of time, expediency, fear, or convenience.
remember: fortune favours the bold. take time for a creative stream of consciousness, uncensored and unhindered by expectations.

and hey - if it doesn't fly. it's ok. you were just playing around anyways.

image by kal

8 comments:

cindy : quaint said...

great advice!

hollyzhobby said...

Sure sounds like more fun.
Have a great day.

Winklepots said...

I recently tried a new color combo on a painted tee and I love it! Now I'm experimenting with all of the colors that look really good with brown.
It's good to mix it up, you never know what you'll discover.

thecraftbegins said...

Hey, that's why I blog! I just sit down and write and don't think about it. Sometimes, I think that might be obvious, but oh well!

blazedanielle said...

Yes. Sometimes planning less w/ my artwork lets me have more fun! Thanks for the reminder! :)
xo!

Julia said...

I love it! Yes, we do underestimate the importance of play :)

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

what a refreshing post...all of it is SO true though way too easy to forget.

Taylor said...

I love this post...it's so true! Some of my best art has happened by accident. Thanks for the nice reminder to go easy on yourself and don't force it. i needed to read that. :)

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