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How To Make More Time To Create

Cracking the creativity code. One of the biggest problems we face as creatives are finding the time to actually do it!
We have great intentions, however, there is usually a host of reasons, that all lineup and look like a giant army of reasons as to why we don’t have that time.These include things like:

  • A bad mental space
  • Lack of physical space
  • Unwieldy or unhelpful creative habits
  • Being time-poor
  • No Boundaries
  • And a whole bunch of other things

I would like to share with you this week, a book I came across recently called, Creative Time And  Space – Making room for making art by Rice Freeman-Zachery

This is a fantastic little book with contributions from 14 different creatives and their perspective on how to manage your creativity – specifically how to find the time and space for it.


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Here are some examples of the wisdom found within.

Carter has a great idea – something that might not readily spring to mind.  He puts forward the idea of buying meal helpers, such as – pre-cooked lentils and already cooked beets.  This cuts down meal preparation time and earns you some precious minutes.

But it’s not all about the list above either.  Just as important is filling up your creative well.  Going to plays, art retreats, films, and other creative events, is like a breath of fresh air and is all about cracking the creativity code.

Another idea I like suggests a tweak to your meditation practice – if you have one, (and beginning one if you don’t). The suggestion is to set up a low table in front of your meditation area with objects that represent your creative work.  Eg. if you are an artist, you might put some paintbrushes in a favourite container, something you’ve created, a small painting or drawing, and some treasures that you have lying around in your studio. Choose things that please you and are associated with your creative energy.

Put lighted candles on the table and take a few moments before you begin meditating, to look at your arrangement of art and light and ask for its energy to infuse your practice.


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This Weeks Question: What is one thing you can put into place that will give you more time to create this week?

Look For Next Week’s PostA video and look at a recent painting

Creative Practice – Part II

Creative practice  is incorporated in a theme that I have often spoken of on the blog, this is the idea of the Artist Date. The issues I spoke of in the previous post speak directly to the value of the artist date. Why, because when you are on an artist date,  you are a lot more present and you are consciously seeking things that are going to fire your inspiration. You are putting yourselves in environments that you love, or sometimes that challenge, but generally are going to ignite your creative juices.

So to return to how one works up in image, in my own art practice I will often put an image into Photoshop and then play around with it until it feels right, and I may or may not do drawings from this. Sometimes I will print the images out and then do draw on top of the printed images for things that I haven’t been able to deal with in the computer space.

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Creative Practice in action

When I’m happy with the composition, I will then begin drawing the image up on the canvas.

Here is the finished painting…

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Suspension oil on Canvas 40×40″

Another element of art practice that relates directly to creating images is looking at other art work, whether this is work of the great masters, children’s art, or works on display in a local gallery. Our inspiration comes from many sources. We can look at how another artist has dealt with, for example,  light on fabric and apply the same principles in our own work. In fact in Europe there is a time honoured tradition for artists to go into galleries and make sketches and copy the works of the great masters in order to learn and study how they executed what they did. This makes life a lot easier, because you don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel. So we all have much to be thankful for in terms of our  predecessor artists and their contribution to our understanding of how to create an art work.

This Weeks Question: Have you identified the elements of your creative practice that work the best for you?

Look For Next Week’s PostArt Processes – a look at uncertainty as part of our art practice.

Creative Practice

Creative Practice – elements

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Creative Practice is a term relating to different elements in an artist’s life. Some people regard to all of these elements as creative practice however others relate this term to those things which are exclusively concerned with the creation of the art that they produce. I am going to outline some of those things that go into producing a painting, which are part of the creative process and therefore are the creative practice.

  • The first thing and I just must do is to come up with an idea for either single work or a body of works.
  • Painting can be just working on a single picture but this is an art practice that has no depth. As we develop and grow as artists, we endeavour to explore the depths of whatever subject we are examining. This often requires much thought. It can require research into ideas and techniques.
  • I will often build a mind map around certain idea – in this case – Beauty


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  • From that point I will take one of the branches on the mind map and explore that further. In that exploration, I might be researching into painting techniques, or looking for visuals that support my idea.
  • Once I have a rough idea of what I want to do, I may then do some preliminary drawings.

I should mention at this point that the ideas I do use, do not usually just happened on your own and are not necessarily a result of specific research. Part of one’s art practice involves things that we notice on a day-to-day basis. This might be shadows of a particular tree or possibly the lights playing on the water at the beach, will give me an idea of the colour I would like to use in the next painting.

That is why the practice of the art of presence is so important in an artist’s life….. Mindfulness has become a buzz word of late, however this practice has been used by artists for centuries. All the things that I am aware of in my external environment become part of my internal awareness which I can then bring to my canvas once I get there.

This Weeks Question: How well do you understand your own creative practice?

Look For Next Week’s Post:Creative Practice – Part II


Photo Credit:  stokpic (Pixabay)


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