To feed my creative spirit I have to take a glance back. And then a long, dedicated focus forward. My first step in doing this was to look over what I've done creatively over the past year or two...
I share this process with you because it's been really helpful and motivating. I think it will be for you too. Glance over the things you've created in the past (If you want to make a photo mosaic like I've done you can do that here)...and ask yourself these questions...
Would I create this same piece again?
Would I buy this and display/use in my home?
Is this something that really speaks of who I am artistically?
If you're saying an honest 'yes'...then go forward in the direction of your dreams (i stole that quote you know).
If you're saying 'hmmm, not so sure'...then focus on what you'd like to do to work toward some transformations in your art/craft. For me, I look at my work and as much as I'm comfortable with most of it...well, I'm ready to stretch even further. And that's what it all is, isn't it? Continuing to stretch and push and discover (so nourishing to our creative spirit!).
Two ideas of encouragement and support (okay, advice)...
Take time to enrich your creativity. This is hard for us (me). Really, really hard. We're conditioned to be more productive and then move on to the next thing. But this isn't creatively satisfying. Be okay with not churning out projects for a while. Nuture your creative self with long, cleansing sessions of trying things out, discovering new techniques, even allowing frustrations at 'failures' along the way. It's how we grow.
Make it you. Each of us are inspired by others and that is a beautiful starting point. But it will not nourish us creatively if we don't make it ours. Be yourself!! How many times have we heard that? Trying to create something that you hope others will like/approve of is a burden. It's so freeing to pour your own creative soul into something and just not care. Trust me, I am speaking mainly to myself here...been guilty of this for so long. Spend time pondering over all the things that make you you...what you love, your personality, your design preferences, your favorite words, colors, music, books. What textures, mediums and materials do you love? What sounds, scents and sights make you happy?...I could start a whole course here, but you get the idea.
Enough for today? I think so too.
The word 'sacrifice' keeps popping into my head lately. And how it ties into all this. Maybe we can talk about that next time.
Grace for today, dear ones.