Summer is here with a vengeance. It was 45 C here last week in the shade on my veranda and today’s looking like heading for the high thirties and maybe 40’s again.
Maybe I should take up water colours and paint in the shower LOL. The question is – how does one continue to creatively produce in the face of uncooperative weather – lacking air conditioning and other modern conveniences? This is definitely a creative challenge for the best of us.
Well here are some ideas
- Head to the nearest shopping centre, and have an iced coffee while sitting in an air conditioned cafe and writing my next blog post.
- Set up a fan next to my easel and throw on a wet shirt – you’d be surprised how cool this actually keeps you until the shirt dries out.
- Head for the beach with sketching gear, beach tent, cossies (swimmers, togs or what ever you call them), and a thermos of iced tea. If you’re into figure work – the beach is an ideal place to find people who actually sit still, often for extended periods of time. A perfect time to brush up on your life drawing and cool off in the ocean in between.
Many people think that creativity is limited to visual artists, musicians, actors and other art forms. We often don’t consider that every man made thing we see in the world, from the obscure to the sublime, began as a creative thought in someones head. Take these shoes I found the other day at Trend Hunter, aside from destroying your feet, well yes………
Weird and Wonderfully Creative Shoes
I mean come on girls – now is there really a woman out there who is that much of a slave to fashion that she would actually wear these things. Hmmm …… probably!! LOL!
Regardless – I think you would have to say that they are undeniably creative!…………..
They lead me to wonder where the creative spark came from. A visit to the zoo perhaps or was it the ballet?
OK so we now have a much better idea of who our Inner Critic is. That being the case, how about making a list all the kinds of things he/she might say to you, for example Boris might say to me, nasty things like:
- What makes you think anyone is going to like your work? OR
- If you don’t sell any work that means it’s no good OR
- She’s just saying that she likes this work because she’s my sister/friend etc OR
- She (my sister) is only buying my painting because she feels sorry for me … not because she really likes it OR
- Someone dares to tell me that they really do like my work and I find every reason under the sun to tell them why it’s no good
Of course that list is endless…………..
Photo Credit (John’s online journal)
I think this wonderful cartoon which has been around for ever in various forms – kind of says it all in a way!
Now looking at your list – there is a pretty good chance that many of those very thoughts have been keeping you in not such a good place. What you might want to do is take the power out of those statements. Here’s one way to do that.
This amazing technique can take the power out of these nasty little comments – if you are prepared to actually be honest with yourself and ask yourself the question
This seems very simplistic but what you will find when you begin asking yourself this is that probably at least 90% of the time we have constructed a story around the thing we are telling ourselves, that actually isn’t true. I have probably had every one of the above thoughts at one time or another, some many times over and you know – when it comes right down to it, I can’t say that they 100% true.
So this the forces me to look and ask the question
The first person who introduced me to this way of thinking was Byron Katie. She has an amazing personal story and does incredible work helping people to heal themselves from their own self destructive stories.
Other ways to silence the Inner Critic…..
- Ask Boris (substitute your Inner Critic’s name) for some Positive Feedback – say you’ll only turn the volume back up if he can find something good/helpful to say
- Ask yourself – what are the good things about this – work/situation/event etc
- SMILE…… Smiles are incredibly powerful – they change our state. If you don’t feel like smiling think about a time when you were really happy – SMILE
- Imagine Boris (X) getting smaller and smaller and smaller until he disappears
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Well, Hello and Welcome!
My name is Kadira and wow, I’ve finally got my first post off the ground – AWESOME!!
I’d like to say Hello again and invite you to come on a journey with me that celebrates the unfolding of creativity in our lives and in the world at large.
It is my passionate belief that we are all creative in some way or other and that one of our greatest challenges in life is to explore our own creative genius and allow it into the light of day to be shared with and enjoyed by others.
My blog is about exploring that creative spark within us all and encouraging people to understand that absolutely everyone is creative in their lives. In fact as long as we are thinking, feeling and still breathing, we are moving towards creating Something. The question is – what is that Something? A dream business, a new sculpture, a different recipe, or if you’re really ambitious what about a new world.
Some people do create worlds – authors do it every day. James Cameron has done it spectacularly in Avatar.
What amazing things can you create?