Artists and creatives often get stuck in a rut when they have an idea
but don’t see the confident or clear angle to attack or resolve it.
I’ve been in that position a hundred or more times, and it feels like
you are considering “what’s best” for your work. Or how to “figure all
of it out” before you execute.
It makes sense, right?
The issue then is that you start to noodle. How many ways can you
skin this cat? When is the right time to schedule it? How do you
promote it to the world? Who do you invite to collaborate? Do you have
time in your schedule to set aside regularly? Is there a benefit? Do
you need to unwind instead?
...is this REALLY what you want to do with your time?
This last question was part of my hesitation for many ideas and
projects, for years. I decided recently that this is never going to be
an obstacle again. The thought of letting time pass by, and with it
opportunity and creative want, is something that I can no longer think
about and let happen. I can’t bear it.
For whatever reason— age, position, circumstance, spirituality, or
other— it hit me out of nowhere. One day I was walking along and doing
some shopping when the idea of our limited time on this planet engulfed
my brain. It took over my entire being. Thinking of those who shaped
me, and what they did. Thinking of those who change the world.
Thinking of how over 32 years has already passed and looking at how
little there could be left… put me in a place of shock.
I mulled it over for a while. I’ll be honest, it was tough. But
there was a spark that was created… and ember grew and turned into a
little flame. A fire was ignited: I will not pass up the chance to do
WHAT I CAN WHILE I AM STILL HERE.
This made me happy. This made things seem easy.
So since then I have been rekindling all of my personal projects and
desires. The art that I want to make, the experiences I want to have.
The things I feel I can effect with those around me. It is rejuvenated.
So I’m painting again. I’ll share more art as it comes out here, but
yes — I’m painting large scale art on canvas. Something I (for God
knows WHAT reason) have not been doing for years. It feels great.
There are other things I’m planning and working on as well, and I’ll share them as they come.
If you can do me, and yourself, one favor: don’t noodle. Be bold.
That thing you’ve been thinking about doing? Creating? Making?