Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
I have enjoyed a full career in my corporate world working as VP of my own company I started about 6 years ago. I built that career with long hours, hard work, and a network I build over the past 12 years. I also was a Publisher of the largest Project Manager Newspaper I started by my business partner. I was busy!
When I decided to transition in to an Artist full time, painting, I thought the creativity would be abundant and I would not have a care in the world, after all, art is fun, right? But I found, that creativity just flowing out of our minds is not true, in fact there are days when I just cannot create anything and everything I do just “stinks”. All paintings on that kind of day go the corner (you all know that corner) when we let them sit until we can come up with that creative breakthrough to bring that canvas to life. I wondered if it was a left brain, right brain thing doing its thing!!
I have to admit, there are days when every painting I do goes to the stink corner! They eventually come out of that corner and sometimes end up being my best painting and sells before I even post to my enter FB circle.
SO I thought I would blog about how I decided to make my art world not stink and how I break the funk.
In the corporate world, when I had to write 10 articles in 2 weeks, manage 2 contracts and keep incredible focus, the saying…. multitasking would have been easy, but I was aggregating around landmines just doing the things that I knew would blow up if I did not do that first. SO when I had to write, I was tired and many times just brain dead.
To energize my brain in the corporate world I set up a plan that WORKED!!
AND IT works for me in the art world, so I thought I would share it.
I have a list of artists that I love and I have bookmarked their page or You Tube on my computer. I get in a comfortable place with a cup of coffee and start by watching those artist create their work. I always have a sketch pad with me and while I watch, I let my brain filter MY ideas onto the paper sometimes within 10 mins I am already thinking of painting ideas and I take off. Other times it might take an hour or a couple hours. But I still sketch my thoughts as I see colors, hear words. I might see someone do something or say something that reminds me of one of the “stinky” canvas in the corner and I write it down. I might not even be fully focused on them but already off in my mind working through my ideas. The point here is, I unclear my mind (and my block) by watching others that inspire me and some MY CREATIVITY takes off and I can go into my artist zone.
by Cheryl Wilson
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson, artist
"My world without art is just "eh"