Creating Space

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s I’ve mentioned in my tweets, getting started can be the biggest obstacle to creative practice.  You sit down and stare at the blank page/canvas/etc and wonder where all the ideas you were flooded with the night before went.  I’m always reminded of a whimsical animation I saw once about an “idea” that struggled to break free from the dark woods of the mind.  It ran through obstacles trying to stop it, until it was swooped up into reality.  Thats a great metaphor for whats it like trying to hold on to the good ideas. ( Watch: "Don't Die Ding" )

The best place for me to start is with my work space.  It may sound too simplistic but sometimes those are the best ideas.  How many times do you sit down to work and you’re confronted with thoughts concerning everything EXCEPT what you sat down to do?  Your desk is a mess.  Bills are lying around, unfinished works are glaring at you,  tools from your last project are lingering, and its all more of a distraction than the anything else.

Keep it clean.  Keep it ready.  I won’t lie and say its easy as that.  But I will say its a good place to start.   If you find yourself in a dark place unable to find your way out, and your ideas are not flowing the way they do when you DON’T need them to, then clean your space.  And after you’ve done that,  make your space inviting to the magic of creation.  For me, that means using a mason jar with a “poison” sigil that changes colors with the paints I rinse in it.  I’m also a sucker for lights.  I have a small string of battery operated “fairy” lights in front of me weaving its way around my tools.  A small ceramic bowl in the shape of a flower thirsts for paint to be mixed in it.  And my new project, creating an apothecary cabinet next to my work space filled with all the liquids, custom colors, and apparatus I can use in my painting. A vial of bleach, another of rock salt, a jar of colored ink, shiny bottles hiding pencils, Q-tips, and cotton balls, the sky is really the limit on what you can surround yourself with for inspiration.  Its also great of energizing your space with a spark.

Don't drink the water! :-)
Don't drink the water! :-)

You may want to bring the indoors inside, move your desk to a window, surround yourself with plants and an aquarium.  Get a travel kit to take outside.  Getting organized is one thing, but doing it with style could be the line between staring at an uninspiring mess, and dreaming inside a sacred space that you can’t wait to come home to.  Make it inviting. Make it attractive to your inner child.  Make it nourish you.   Set the trap for your ideas, bait it with the best, and waiting will be a pleasure.

 

Tell me how you make your space work for you.  Leave me a comment below!  What ideas do you have to create a space that breathes creativity?

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 I would call myself a Jack of all Trades, but mostly because I'm interested in many areas of art if not all!  I graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from the University of North Texas with a focus on Watercolor.   I always had dreams of creative writing, and in 5th grade I wasn't too bad!  Art clearly won out for my attention, but writing will always have a place in my heart!

What better way to write, I say,  than to share a blog, and practice my second love while talking about my first! With that said, I hope you all enjoy my ramblings and please hit me up with any questions.  :D

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