Today’s topic is The Creative Process. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants.
A planned life can be good but boring, the same goes for art! Add some spontaneity to you life and your art and what comes out will totally surprise you! I have found this to be true for me, the minute I stopped planning my art the more interesting it became and my style is evolving as I keep doing this. My creative process is simple, just be in the moment and don’t think too hard. I often start a canvas by making a simple mark on it to get over the fear of messing up a perfectly white canvas. The longer you stare at it the more intimidating it can be. Just jump in and go for it and see where the moment takes you. Before I adopted the “go for it” mentality with my art I would sketch out what I wanted to do ahead of time and try to translate it to the canvas the way I saw it in my head, it would frustrate me to no end when it didn’t turn out like I saw it. I would quit doing art for a while because the frustration would get to me. I would be in a creative slump and it was hard to get out of. Fast forward many years later of sporadic art sessions and you’d find me at Paint Mojo art retreat by Tracy Verdugo and that changed my life and the way I did things with my art. It was so freeing to be able to paint with my fingers, let go of layers of things and keep evolving. I had no clue how much that class would affect my art and I’m so grateful I went.
Here are some images of my old and new style! Crazy, you would think they were created by 2 different people.
Strange right? When I learned to let go I could paint freely.
I would describe my muse as the happy side of me. If life is rough and it has been for quite some time it can block me creatively. If I’m in a happy place I feel free to play and create. But my muse can be funny too, while dealing with my mom’s illness I created daily and it kept me afloat, the pieces I created were some of the most joyful pieces I have created to date, it was keeping me going. If I’m in a down state I usually don’t feel like creating. A trip to an antique shop always gets my creative juices flowing, an old image, a button or a trip somewhere. A lot of times when I want to create is when I’m too busy to do so and that sometimes holds me over until I can. It’s always good to have a little notebook to jot down your creative ideas when they hit you.
My advice is to just be in the moment. You can watch me paint spontaneously here with this piece titled “From the Sea”. I had no clue what was going to turn up in my art when I started and I love that!
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- Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud looks at the common lies we tell ourselves about creativity in The Eternal Summer of the Creative Mind.
- Caitriona at Wholesome Ireland – from start to new beginnings.
- Hannah M. Davis writes about Unleashing Your Authentic Voice. So many of us would love to write a life-changing book. How do you get over the blocks and barriers that hold you back?
- Sylda from Mind the Baby compares her creative process to a maelstrom of weather warnings.
- In “As an Artist”, Lucy Pierce at Soulskin Musings offers a poem about how the creative process beckons her through many of the archetypes of womanhood.
- Jackie Stewart at Flowerspirit.co.uk talks about how creativity is opening up a space for the unknown to reveal itself to you in ‘Creativity Flourishes in the Sacred Unknown’.
- Alex at Art of Birth shares some practical tips on how you can unlock your creative goddess within!
- Nicki at justlikeplay shares a love letter to her muse.
- Marija Smits has a conversation with her muse and reflects on the difficulties of catching and creating from the Goddess of Inspiration.
- Zoie at TouchstoneZ reflects on her creative process.
- Licia Berry, Illumined Arts “Creativity and Healing are Ideal Partners”. The creation of visual, musical, or expressive arts is the quickest, most effective and painless way to heal.
- Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak – My creative process and how to break creative blocks.
- Ali Baker talks about connecting
with the call of the wolf when she cries to us to do so means giving
our time and permission to honour the creative process within all of us.
- Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush reflects on her creative process.
- KatyStuff thinks that projects need time to mature, that is why she is a fabric and craft hoarder.
- Aimée at Creativeflutters goes into her creative process and looks at what makes things tick or flop in “Spontaneous She – How to Keep Your Muse at Work”.
- Kae at The Wilde Womb muses about her common creative blocks as a parent and how she systematically breaks through them.
- Angela at Peach Coglo tries to get comfortable with her own creative process.
- Biromums write about their creative processes.
- Dawn at The Barefoot Home believes the creative process can’t be taught it has to come organically and at its own pace.
- Tara at Aquamarine Art began uncovering her lost inner artist over 5 years ago and shares her experiences and inspirations in “From Spark to Bonfire: The Evolution of A Creative Process.”
- Georgie at Visual Toast explores what the creative process looks like for her.
- Creative Woman at Creator’s Corner is not concerned with the end product or the outcome but with the process and all the richness that it brings.
- Jennifer’s Art Blog explores what the creative process feels like for her.
- Fiona at Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers reflects on her creative process.
- Sharron at Adventures on the mindful path writes and creates in between (and sometimes while) chasing two little boys and a puppy.
- Trying to discover her own methods to the creative process, Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl, digs deeper to find what it is that really triggers her creativity.
- Jessica F. Hinton shares why finding creative spaces as a mother is important and what her space looks like.
- Laura at Authentic Parenting reflects on her creative process.
- Ingrid at My Peace Tree says Creativity as a living thing – and examines ebb and flow, expectations vs. realities (our own and other people’s), inspiration and how to find it.
- Darcel at The Mahogany Way examines her own creative process.
- Woman’s Art celebrates her own creative process.
- MammaBloom at Breathe and Bloom reflects on her creative process.