Give Yourself A Creative Jumpstart

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Give Yourself A Creative Jumpstart

When it comes to work we often jump in and get moving.

Yet for the personal stuff, the deep root of our heart stuff, starting can be rocky. Deferred.

We fool ourselves into believing that it might be safer to not dream, not start, not ask. But is that rewarding?

Stalling is easier than starting, but we are made for more.

Oh, starting…how do we begin when the stakes are so high? And we do think they are high, or wouldn’t we all be running to achieve them without postponement?

Van Goethe warns “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow”

I invite you into my brain, to show you one way of thinking that can lead to a start.

Have you ever found yourself with new art supplies? Unsure of what to do with them, just wanting to use them.  Me too, this very afternoon.

I challenged myself to just DO something, quickly, before I could “think” my way out of it.  Inexperience need not deter us from exploration. Rather, we could view our lack of knowledge as freedom to explore without expectation.

 

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Find Yourself In unexpected places

First, I chose a self-portrait that I had enlarged several years ago, then tucked away in a drawer.

Let me explain- when I decided to become a writer, this was one of the photo shoot pictures I’d had taken. This one, this particular one surprised me. There was a spark of recognition that I couldn’t put into words yet.

For the first time, I really recognized “me”.

I decided that this picture would be the end of stalling; a fresh start towards a more artistic life.

The challenge to myself was to move fast, not overthink the process, and just work.

I chose a piece of paper that had a pattern that was glittery and festive and just glued the picture down. Randomly.

Grabbing Washi tape  (like transparent masking tape with patterns), I ripped off some pieces to create a border.

Don’t be afraid to really look at yourself; creating a frame was symbolic to me of “seeing” who I was.

 

 

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Next, I  spread acrylic paint (any cheap $1 hobby paint) over the landscape, then brushed with water to blur the scene.

The stuff that is behind us? Still there, but I wanted to be reminded that we can choose what to focus on.

We can let the background remain behind us, not becoming central to who we are now.

 

 

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Writing out the words that came to mind immediately was important, and the Sharpie represents the lasting quality of them. Permanent.

I again used a paint/water wash, and just brushed over them slightly, to keep them visible, yet without being the focus.

 

 

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Lastly, I used a watercolor pencil and just decided to scribble around the edges, unsure of what it would do. This signifies courage and playfulness.

Life would be richer if we remembered to play, unafraid of the outcome. Click To Tweet

To delight in the unexpected.

 

 

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We can always add a little water and smooth down the crazy movement, adding tranquility back into our art (life).

Gently brushing the edges of who we are, softens the impact.

 

 

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Stalling would have gotten me nowhere, and instead, an imperfect and somewhat sloppy start felt quite satisfying.

Won’t you challenge yourself along with me? It doesn’t have to be fancy artwork. Just don’t stall, you were made for more. Truly.

Whether you are an accountant who always wanted to play music, or a teacher who wanted to drive a garbage truck, or a flight attendant who’d prefer to be a full-time student—don’t stall the dreams.

Just do something today; stalling will never compete with the joy of starting.

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16 thoughts on “Give Yourself A Creative Jumpstart

  1. I’m not a visual artist, but I do some graphic design and I really like the idea of being unafraid to play and experiment. I tend to create things that are a copy of what the “experts” have done, because I don’t trust my own creative instinct.

    1. I hear you loud and clear, graphic design sounds so interesting to me. I like copying too, we should all try it. I read that many famous writers and speakers learned what they know by copying masters. It is an investment in time that pays off. Keep experimenting and share your ideas with me, you inspire me

  2. Another staller here. My girlfriend and I were just discussing this very thing, today as we looked around her house of clutter (mine’s just as bad). We laughed about how easy it is to clean our homes in our brain, but nothing much happens beyond that. One of my problems is not having my very own space to call my own, so a lot of my creative juices go on hold. Trying to keep a house in the midst of reno projects has become stressful and discouraging. I’ve got to remind myself that stalling in this area just keeps me behind the power curve of my life. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. How true that is, reno projects cause a lot of chaos. DId you girls come up with some plans? It is such a gift to have our friends to bounce that stuff off of with each other. Funner than cleaning 🙂 I have lived in many places, most without a personal space. Once I took a broom closet and my husband put a tiny desk surface in it for me. I closed the door when the kids were up and opened it at naptime. I hope you find a corner…

  3. Christa, this is a great post. Now I understand about the photo.
    I draw well. Like Kathleen above, I am not creative. I copy well. But I can paint with words, when ispiration visits. In my book you’ll see many images painted with words.

    Until my book goes to print, I don’t have the energy or desire to begin anything. It seems, I put all I had to that work and right now I feel dry, maybe until that is out of my hands. I know I am stalling, but I need this time to connect with others, to support them as much as I can, to finish what I have started, and just be with my family.

    I am excited to watch all of you young people strive and thrive. I pray you find your way onto the right journey. I trust you will, because you are smart, and knowledgeable, very wise for your ages, and above all trusting in God and your hearts. You might feel wobbly, but one of these days, you will have a revelation, and then you’ll take off flying. And boy, am I going to cheer you! 🙂

    Do you realize that I could be your mother? The younger generation can always look back to the older one, get nourishment from their roots, and fly as high or as far as they want to. But us old folks can never catch up to our children, I will continue with my journey in a slower pace, and I know I will definitely get where I need to be. “Having our lives intersect” is a blessing indeed, that I will always treasure!

    1. Katina, you always speak such wise words of counsel into my life. I appreciate your life experience and willingness to share

  4. I’m actually pretty good at starting things. It’s the finishing that I sometimes struggle with. I love this piece of art you created. It is all you, I think. It’s like a stream of consciousness work of art.

  5. I love this post! AND I love your project. I have so many unused art supplies that sit in my “studio,” mainly because I stall. Out of fear or perfectionism I guess. I will pin this as a reminder.

  6. Thank you for this message today. I’m not one to pick words or phrases for the year, but for this season in my life it seems God is encouraging me to just simply start. To go for it. Stop stalling. Your words and your beautiful scrapbook page are encouraging to me.

    1. Hi Kaylee! So happy to hear it, endurance is popularly known as the “hard part”, yet starting must be just as hard. It requires our mental game to commit and jump in. I look forward to seeing what God will do with your year as you move forward. Blessings!

  7. This is so powerful and I loved it! Love the braveness and the release of that creativity. Just letting go that gift that God planted in you. Awesome art and awesome post!

    1. Awesome Rhiannon, I am glad you enjoyed it. It is so freeing to just “be” and move forward in that. A wonderful way to see “us”. Welcome!

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