Feed Your Creative Soul


Is your life so busy with tasks and activities that your mind feels scattered? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by things to do and all of a sudden not have time to do what’s most important – keeping your creative juices flowing.

Wouldn’t it be great to have more time to explore avenues of personal and professional development for yourself? These could be informal opportunities to think and reflect or formal courses that will enhance your technique.

Here are some ideas you might try:

1. Give your best time of day and the best day of the week to yourself. If possible, adjust your other commitments so that your creative energy is available to you when you are most rested and most open to possibilities.

2. Find a quiet place. “All profound things are preceded and attended by silence”. – Herman Melville

3. Search for colleagues or mentors who share your style. Being surrounded by kindred spirits can encourage your most creative thoughts to emerge.

4. Keep a journal (visual or written). Keep track of your observations and how they move you to think differently.

5. Explore a new space every week. The stimulation of a new neighbourhood, park or art gallery may give you a fresh perspective on everyday things.

 What is one small change you could make today to feed your creative energy back to yourself?


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  • Kristie

    5 good little points to think about, thanks for this! I particularly like the prospect of exploring new spaces everyday – it’s certainly very easy to get stuck in a rut. Please keep these posts coming. Career/personal advice for artists and arts professionals is so very useful, and I’m interested to read more.

    Thanks.

  • Sachin

    I have wleolwad, struggled and immersed myself in this battle for so long. I have swung from action to inactivity and back. I can remember when the Education ministry of the 80s took arts specialists (drama and art particularly) out of elementary schools. The results are the decision-makers of the present. This year, the Vancouver School Board suggested taking out music from elementary schools. How many studies have proven that the brain and indeed the whole person learns and develops more quickly with music than anything else? What decisions will that music-deprived person make in 30 years? But there was a hue and cry – and the decision was reversed. For now.And I do know that others hold artists in very high regard. When I was a working artist, I felt supported by many in my community. They were just not willing or (often as not) able to provide the resources that would make a living wage. Now I’m a worker bee and I struggle to make ends meet – and I am fully aware that I make much more than most artists.We can get support by informing people of the issues and the real statistics. Of how much of each tax dollar goes to the arts, of how the gambling money was originally portioned to arts and community groups, of how each dollar given produces so many more in other parts of the economy. I am very happy to see this site and others up and running. Education is key in all things. There is no need to accept ignorance. I will certainly do my part.