“The enemy of creativity is fear. We are all born creative. It takes a little while to become afraid. A surprising insight: An enemy of fear is creativity. Acting in a creative way generates action. An action persuades the fear to lighten up.” --Seth Godin
I don't often share pieces that are still in process, especially when I don't have a strong sense of how they will end up. It's a little unnerving.
However, I started this blog with the intent to share my artwork and thoughts with you...even the half-baked ones. Because the doing of that forces me to grow further. It's not very comfortable, but then growth rarely is. When we're comfortable, it's easy to just continue doing whatever we've been doing. When the discomfort becomes intolerable, that's when we are moved to action, change, and growth.
I started this piece months ago -- it was a slow-go right from the start. I still don't know where or how it will end up. And because of that, it doesn't have a title yet. I only know it's somehow about energy and transformation.
The beginning stage was something of an adventure.
But it's been at the next stage for way too long. I hesitate to use the word "blocked", it seems sort of pretentious...artsy in a not-good way. However, it does seem to characterize my state of mind.
Artist and blogger Melissa Dinwiddie offered this perspective on creative blocks. "You cannot think your way through a block -- you have to do something! Get comfortable with discomfort, it's part of the creative process. Just start. Pushing through the block IS the creativity." http://melissadinwiddie.com/
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ~Stephen King
So I've decided I will have a photo of this piece in next month's blog -- considerably advanced, if not finished.
Where are you blocked? Can you come up with a meaningful action to push through it...even just a baby step?
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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