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I’m looking at Rebekah West’s 100 Everyday Solutions to Creativity Obstacles blog today. She is deeply inspiring and works in the realm of truth.

I’m looking within for clarity on where I am going with my art, but I’m continuing to mess around in my studio and feeling more playful again. I know I get a little winter nesting syndrome, and I don’t feel super inspired. But it’s passing, despite the sub-zero (literally) temperatures right now – I’ve recently smelled spring, and I know it’s on its way. Something shifts in me, and I get back to digging.

What I notice is also that despite going through this slow period, it’s not the same as starting over, which only really happened once, within the last couple of years, as I started creating art again after so many years off. These yearly nesting periods will just be part of the process, and I still have the knowledge that I’ve learned last year and while I was struggling over the winter. It’s all learning, and just like my professional career, it’s experience under my belt.

What experience do you have under your belt? How do you know it’s still there when you haven’t used it in a while?

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The act of writing this blog is a verbal representation of what I’m doing in my studio, which is a non-verbal process. And the two exercises are more different than I expected, but I think this particular process of developing the blog can be a channel between two realms.

When I started working more diligently in my studio, I found that I was tapping into another part of myself that was previously unreachable.┬áIn some ways, it was a break from what I started calling the “verbal” world, I could go in and do some work and come out realizing that I had not “thought” for a while, or at least I hadn’t thought about what needed to get done around the house, for work, in the future, etc. I let go of thoughts of past, of emotions, of verbal. And I tapped into what I was doing in the moment.

There is also another level of intelligence that be found in the non-verbal world, access to information, creativity, and solutions that only exist there, and tend to be more rich and amazing than my tangible, accessible answers. It’s because that world can reach through and permeate boundaries and knows both sides, whereas the verbal side only knows itself. The point is that I’m able to apply the understanding from the intangible artistic insights that I have to the rest of my life.

Note: I’ve seen this theme echoed by other artists, such as Yael Kanarek (porthole to her “World of Awe”) and Rebekah West (wonder, a permeable membrane).