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Decided to try another piece like the last one, however, I think it looks too much like the last one. There are lots of subtle differences which I like. But too similar, I think. Decided to share anyway. I am kind of excited about this direction. 20”x 16”, acrylic on canvas. © 2019 David Limrite

“Your life can be a series of creative acts that beget other creative acts.”
Robert Fritz, “The Path of Least Resistance”

Creative Energy

It takes a lot of energy to be creative. In fact, it takes a lot of energy just to be an artist. You have to really work hard to learn your craft and really, really hard to get good at what you do. And really, really, really hard to get better and make stuff that you can be proud of.

I have talked about figuring out what time of day is best for you creatively. Are you more creative and have more creative energy in the morning, afternoon or evening? If you have not figured this out yet, this might be a good place to start. I am an afternoon kind of artist.

But, you might also want to consider what outside influences preserve or sap your creative energy. And, pay special attention to, or encourage those things, that give you creative energy. And, avoid those things that drain your creative energy.

A few things that drain my creative energy are: house cleaning, obligations, social media and politics.

A few things that boost my creative energy are: getting outside, music, reading, writing, silence and looking at art.

Obviously, it can be very challenging to avoid those things that suck the creative energy right out of you. So, I try to avoid these things just before I am about to paint.

Spending time figuring out what drains or boosts your creative energy, if you have not done so already, might well be worth your time.

It’s all about finding and preserving creative energy, so that you can be the best, most productive artist that you can be.




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