Creativity does not rush you, but it also does not wait for you. Ever had a great idea and wanted to implement it only for someone else to grab it up while you were deciding to do it?
Ideas have a way of knowing who is ready to take on the challenge and problems that arise with birthing it into this reality. If it is coming to you, it already knows that you have all the tools you need to make the idea a living and breathing thing. The person that is doubting whether they can do it or not, is only you.
If you want something to come into this world, you just must dive in.
4 years ago, I made the decision to chase a professional business with painting. I wasn’t sure how to go about handling the business side of it and honestly, I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to paint, but what I did know was that ideas kept coming to me and if I didn’t start painting them, they would choose someone else to honor them.
So, I started a challenge to paint every day for 365 days. Once I started painting, I was just doing series by series as the ideas kept coming and I carried around a sketchbook to see what ideas would come and I would write them down. Each idea was a small idea. One about understanding the energy and technique of how to paint or to see if I could even remember how to draw from the AP Art classes I took in high school. I painted realistic women, abstract dancers, abstractions of chakras, and lots and lots of different landscapes and animal totems. These little series and the practice everyday showed the ideas that I was ready to give them the time of day and that’s when they decided that they wanted to talk to me and flood me with conversation.
Ideas are like babies; they want your attention and they will get all of it if you let them.
During this project, I loved the flooding, but I started feeling kind of crazy with the work production. I mean, during this time of my life, I had also just become a new mom, new wife, and was going to school and work full time. I knew that time management would allow me to get it all done, but there is also a point where too much is just way too much!
I made a point to have a meeting with the ideas and discuss this manic behavior. I sat in meditation and I told them, you can only come at a certain time of the day. As much as I love you and each of your energies, I cannot be manic with production and we need to come to an agreement with how we are going to work together.
They all agreed that they were working me to death and they decided to only come to me during a creative routine. But once the ideas knew I was paying attention and I was communicating with them, that’s when the big ones came to talk to me.
I completed 365 days of creating paintings with major ideas and art statements that I was ready to work on. I had learned so many lessons about technique, that I knew how to manifest what I wanted to come out of it.
That’s when the big idea of integrating fairy energy with landscape paintings came to me and I got the opportunity to present them in a solo show at a real garden!
I showed up when I wasn’t ready, and it led me to when I was ready.
You as a creative are never going to be ready for the challenges or problems that you will face deep in the middle of the creating. You won’t even be able to see what is coming, but you will learn from them and you will get better. That’s why you have to show up when you are ready and just do the work. Let those ideas come to you, produce some of them even when they are the craziest, and enjoy the process.
After all, you are a creative and there is no better feeling than doing what you were meant to do.
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