I think a lot about creativity. Do I still have it? Where is it? Will it come home? That’s not to say mine is gone entirely – I’ll never truly lose it – but right now I think it’s hiding out in the closet, or maybe under the bed.
Last week I talked about creativity and procrastination, and the idea that procrastinating leads to LACK of creativity because there’s no time to fail (and hence, experiment, explore, play). But really procrastinating is another way of dealing with time and I know for sure *my* creativity seems to be heavily influenced by time. (Thank you Liz for this video on creativity and time!)
Time to play.
Time to explore.
Time to immerse myself in the process of whatever it is I’m doing.
Time to dig through my supplies and rediscover some of the neat stuff I’ve gathered that might lead to an idea or solve a problem or might just bring some gem out into the light so I can see that thing I bought/gathered and realize why I bought/gathered it in the first place. There’s something about reorganizing the studio, sorting through boxes and bins and piles, and excavating the art and craft storage that brings out the creativity and refreshes my urge to make things. Must do more of that.
But time is a hot commodity these days. My waking time is spent working, taking care of baby (that’s work, people!), and doing chores. It takes time to reset for the next day’s series of events. And while I spend brain time thinking about creativity, about the projects I would like to do and pictures I’d like to take, about past projects and upcoming events (Lake Oswego Open Show, I’m considering you! Had fun with you last year!), I’m out of the habit of jotting down those ideas and thoughts and images for future reference. I’ve never been a die hard sketch booker or journaler, but I think it’s high time I get back in that saddle so all of these creative thoughts are being put to use somehow.
So, time and creativity. I’m a place now where time is precious, and being put to such good use elsewhere (I NEVER regret the time I spend with Forrest and Matt), but at the very least I can put some time into capturing all these thoughts that swirl through my head…and squeeze in a little time to sort and organize and play when I can.
Sounds like a plan to me.
How about you, what’s your relationship with creativity? Do share!