I sometimes feel scattered… I have too many ideas fighting for attention and too many projects demanding “Me! Now!”
Does this ever happen to you?
It can be paralyzing and can stanch the flow of creative work pretty quickly. When it happens, I know I can settle my busy brain and get back on track by planning and implementing a series.
In a series I focus on a topic, a color family, a style or a motif; and I paint several pieces in the framework of that focus.
I may paint a week’s worth of 4 x 4-inch mini paintings using only three colors and their variants.
Or I might force myself to create at least three abstract paintings ( a REAL challenge for me right now!)
And if I’m really struggling with that internal push and pull, I make greeting cards.
Limiting myself to small simple spaces and designs often soothes my angst and helps me move back into feeling productive and on track.
All creatives get caught in the mental merry-go-round. Some call it being blocked, and that’s certainly the end result. Others call it creative anxiety, angst or an inability to focus or commit.
Whatever you call it, or if you’ve never given it a name; as a creative you’ve undoubtedly experienced it.
What do you do to settle your “spilling over the edges” energy flow?
Share your ideas! I’d love to hear them!