I haven’t been honest with my art recently. Or I suppose I haven’t created what I intended to create.
I have this tendency of turning passion into tasks, and likewise the tasks turn into a routine. There isn’t anything bad in coming up with a routine to aid your creative mind, in fact it’s actually a good thing to be consistent. Problem is, I was focused too much on the routine aspect, rather than the creation aspect.
This called for a little change and trusting the process.
If you ever hit this bump, go back to the reason that inspired you to create. That deep underlying passion inside that brought you to paint, sing, dance, draw; when nobody was watching and when nobody knew about it. If that passion is something you’ve held in you, it’ll carry you further than anything else.
It’s so easy to be sucked into the vortex of creating what others might like to see. Of course, it’s crucial to acknowledge that what you’re creating is palatable (that is, if you’d like to share!). But the bottom line is, you want to do what your creative instinct tells you to. There’s always a reason why a certain subject, colour, medium – the list goes on – draws you back. It’s the deep, down connection you have with that instinct cutting through the clutter.
I’ve made a shift with mellowpaints. Perhaps it’s something that others may not really see, because it is subtle. For the first time in a very long while though, I’ve felt a kind of creative liberation. I’m trying not to weigh myself down with external input. Trust in the process. It’ll guide you.
This is a really short blog post and nothing flamboyant, but it’s a bit of a turning point. I have a good feeling about this shift.
Thanks for reading!