Vlog – what is that? For those of you who haven’t come across that term before, it is a video blog post. So I’m getting with the program and creating one. Remember what I said in the last post about learning – well this was another learning curve – of course it’s not Hollywood yet but I’m getting there. The painting in this vlog is part of my Peony series.
When I get back from the visit to my Muse in New Zealand in April, I want to start filming in real-time so I can give you a more realistic look at my painting process. However it will be a little while before that happens. I’m actually at the moment in the middle of a prolonged artist’s date, enjoying the New Zealand countryside and filling up my creative backpack.
My Creative Backpack – Thanks Tim Storrier
This Weeks Question: How did my vlog work for you? Feedback welcomed!
Look For Next Week’s Post: Return from the wilds and discoveries made there.
This is a pretty big subject and one I will be returning to many times I suspect – as the inspiration takes me.
What to do when you can’t create? Whether you have been regularly creating or not, at some point you will find yourself in the Sahara of creativity.
What to do? What causes it?
In my experience, creative droughts are often caused by life interventions – i.e. relationship breakups, major or even minor illnesses of self or family member, building a house, moving or the death of some one close, just to mention a few.
Creative blocks are often accompanied by feelings of boredom, apathy, restlessness, being stuck, being uninspired by anything, guilt, ineffectiveness and probably a dozen other negative emotions or thought patterns.
The answer people – lies within. Ultimately being creative requires Courage, Perseverance and Discipline. I’ve heard it said that there are only 2 emotions – Love and fear and I think it would be fair to say that the above list of negative vibrational states all fall into the fear category. The problem with this is that fear tends to make us contract, implode, withdraw in on ourselves which is the direct opposite of the creative process. Creativity is a process of expansion. We live in an expanding universe from the molecular to the stellar level. We are part of that expansion. Sorry getting carried away there!
Which inspired me to find this video on YouTube. – Now this is simply AWESOME creativity at its most amazing!!! How beautiful this is.
To come back to the question of what can I do? The first thing to do is be kind to yourself. The more you stress about being stuck the more stuck you will be. Its like getting stuck in one of those endless loops your computer goes into sometimes, when the only thing that works is to shut it down. Well I guess we are kind of the same. Like all things – what you focus on is what you are creating. So the more you focus on being stuck – well how deep is the hole you can dig yourself into.
The problem is, this then flows on into all other areas of your life. If your creativity is not working, you’ll probably find that not much else is working either. Or if it is you are really only in a lull because eventually that desire to create will keep gnawing away at you until you take notice of it.