Creativity in everyday life
In order to continue being creative for a long period of time, you need to love what you do. Falling in love with your art is essential. If you have tried watercolor but struggled with it a lot, give it up and try another medium like acrylic or pastels. Just like a sport enthusiast may like running but not curling, you do not need to like every method of making art. It is Ok to try different mediums in order to find the one that best suits you. Find your love. Experiment and enjoy each one but in the end, pick one that gives you the most joy. You will know which one that is when you are doing it. You will feel like ‘this is the one’, almost like falling in love.
Most artists work in more than one medium. Degas, a famous impressionist is well known for his work with dancers in pastels but what few people realize is that he also did many sculptures of dancers. Picasso worked as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. Each artist however, has one speciality. Picasso’s was painting and drawing but he loved to dabble.
Falling in love with your art is important but it does not guarantee that you will work happily and without problems. Many artists dabble in other mediums when they are blocked. Doing something different allows the creativity to flow in a different direction and the artist to relax. Once relaxed, all artist blocks go away. There is a method to the madness. Experimenting in a different direction allows new ideas to come out and all the time, subconsciously solving the problem that created the block.
Sometimes it takes a while to find the right medium for you. Also, that medium might change over time. Originally, I started with watercolour because it was child-friendly. If the children got into the paint, it was easy to clean. Later, when I was sure they would not touch my paint, I switched to acrylic. I loved acrylic but it was not child friendly. I chose to wait until the right moment to change.
You need to fall in love with every facet of your art (almost). I love painting but I struggle with making the first mark on a white paper or canvas, for example. There are parts that are definitely harder than others. This is a normal reaction. The key is to work through the hard parts and not give up. Loving what you do does not mean that it is easy all the time or that all the different steps are also easy. If creativity was easy, we would not enjoy it so much. Working through a challenge is fun too. Find the aspect of art that allows you to fall in love with it and make it a long lasting relationship.
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