Over the years, I have learned that my creative process typically goes something like this:
1. Start a project. Enthusiasm runs high. Anything is possible. Ideas flow and I cannot wait to get started. Whoo hoo!!
2. Brainstorm. Research. Start initial sketches. Excitement is palpable. I can't sleep at night. This is going to be so much fun!!
3. I really dig in. Hit a wall. Try some other things. Different approaches. Different ideas. More walls. Roadblocks. This isn't working out at all like I thought it would.
4. Keep at it. Frustration creeps. Self doubt settles in. I can't do this. I'm not good enough to do this. What was I thinking??
5. $%#@ *%$#$!!!! I'm banging my head against the wall--and it's really starting to hurt.
6a. Ideally, I take a break. Work on something else. Step back and take a slow, deep breath.
6b. If stepping back isn't possible--I keep going. Push through. Keep trying. Panic rises. Maybe some wine will help? Or chocolate? Chocolate always helps...(this is not necessarily true).
7. Dive back in, hopefully with a fresh perspective. Try new things. Listen to my intuition. Discover the magic.
*If I haven't had a chance to step back, I may still be working at 2am. Sometimes though, the crazy that happens at 2am is some of the best magic of all.
** This late night approach can also backfire. Miserably.
8. The buzz of excitement returns. Adrenaline flows. I lose all track of time. Following my joy (this part is important), I finish. Fulfilled. Sated. And (hopefully) excited about what I made.
Okay...So I don't always love the final outcome. Sometimes I have to remind myself (gently) that it's about the journey.
With only one more to go, we have come through four weeks of Make Art That Sells. What an incredibly intense and amazing experience. I will be glad when the class is over, if only to exhale. Then I will surely miss the steady stream of inspiration and encouragement from an impressively talented group of artists.
This past week, we dove into the industry of wall art. The assignment was more open and free than in weeks past. Though many of my classmates found this exhilarating, my experience was decidedly the opposite. I struggled.
Working on several canvases--the image at the top of this page was the only one that I even remotely liked. And truth be told, I don't like it all that much. The assignment was to use two assigned colors (blue and yellow) plus neutrals. The final piece had to be in the shape of a square, and needed to feature one floral element and one word or phrase. The rest was up to us.
Playing way outside of my comfort zone, at one point, I seriously considered throwing everything out and counting this week as a total loss.
There were however, many pieces from fellow classmates that did inspire me. Here are a few favorites. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did:
Created by Susan Driscoll
Created by Victoria Weiss
Created by Kelly Luna