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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)

BACK IN THE GROOVE


“Jump and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall."
Ray Bradbury


Life has gotten in the way. Again.

And, you haven’t been able to create. Lately.

You had to go out of town for a week. You’ve had houseguests over the weekend. You have had to attend to family matters.

Or…

You have not been inspired for awhile. You just haven’t felt like getting out in the studio for a couple of weeks. Or longer.

But…

Now you are ready to get back into your creative groove, but you don’t know what to do to restart yourself.

I have two simple suggestions for you that work for me and may help you as well.

First, remind yourself how much fun it is to be creative. You love the process, remember? You love trying to mix the exact color that you want and then trying to apply it in just the right way to achieve the effect that you want. You love the feel of the pencil as you drag it across the paper in search of the perfect line. If you are a sculptor, you know what you love about your process and preferred media. If you are a photographer, you know what it feels like to be behind the lens of your camera looking for the most aesthetic image that you can find.

So, the first step is to remind yourself how much fun creating can be.

The second step is to realize that you do not have to re-invent the wheel every time you attempt to restart your creativity again. You do not have to create something original. Start from where you left off. Start with something familiar. You don’t have to break new ground. Start with what you know and see where it leads you. Begin a new journey. Don’t think of it as taking a step backward. The goal is to get started again and begin the process. And re-gain some lost momentum. It is not necessarily about what you create.

Its about getting back in the creative groove.

Hope these suggestions help. Let me know.

Best,

David