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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.