Saturday, September 13, 2008

Creative Block and Breaking Through

There is nothing more paralyzing and distressing than sitting down to create and having absolutely no inspiration, no idea of where to start, nothing. It's terrifying. Sometimes it is best to just walk away. "Step away from the canvas, ma'am. There's nothing to see here." At other times it is better to slog through and force yourself to do something, anything, just to keep going.

Here's an example of forcefully pushing through... and crashing and burning. Over-thinking, over-doing, trying too hard and ending up with something that is just too much. Although, I have to admit that the day after, it's nearly as bad as I originally thought.

And, conversely, here is an example of pushing through while
letting go. It's amazing the difference it makes. Letting go isn't always easy. In fact, it's often quite challenging. But, I'm happy with the results and I hope to pursue this direction. It isn't deep, conceptual or particularly ground breaking. But, it's pretty, and gosh darn-it I felt good doing it.

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