Fail to Plan…

Only a week has passed and I haven’t drawn a thing.

Last week I was a beginner again, considering my next creative stride.  However, a few unexpected distractions meant my focus since then has been elsewhere.  Yep, my daily drawing habit is currently on hold (grrr!).  At the moment I’m resisting regret because: 1). tasks can take longer than planned; and 2). unexpected opportunities don’t hang around for long.  Are these genuine reasons or practiced excuses?  Perhaps I’m just in limbo between the end of one project and the start of another.  Haven’t we been here before?

So, rather than grabbing one of my pencils to doodle just for the sake of it (although it’s still an option), I’ll figure out whether the problem was with the planner (me) rather than the plan (my To Do List).

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Do You Mind?

Watercolour studies

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Shunryu Suzuki in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

With a newfound confidence I don’t recognise in myself, I’m thrilled to be a beginner again.  Impatient as I am, I think I should dive deeper into the dark and dirty world of charcoal, although I have the taste for colour.  I want to explore ideas, practice techniques and push boundaries before my developing knowledge, skills and mind-set prevent me from doing so.  Just as I did in these early watercolour studies before I knew any better.

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The Measure of Measure

As I sat down to type this I felt the familiar guilt of having done NOTHING in my sketchbook since my last post two weeks’ ago.  “But you have!” my inner voice tells me. I’d forgotten I’d drawn some character sketches for my Craftsy Expressive Picture Book Characters course, trying to figure out how to make an animal look upset.  But I’ve been asleep a few times since then.  And I’m so used to berating myself for not doing any drawing, that I don’t make a point of revelling when I do.

And this doesn’t take into account other creative things I’ve been doing during the last two weeks.  Mr C and I have started to design our front garden, which is currently a 12x6m patch of gravel, with no foliage.  I’ve also started to adjust a worn-once dress so I’ll wear it more often, and had to create stuff for work.  And although I added a few doodles to my character design sketchbook, that’s not the point.

Creativity can manifest itself in many ways, through words, images, ideas, conversations, and clothes, for example.  So, we shouldn’t use just one method to measure our creativity by, if at all.  The quality of our creative journey is probably a far better indicator of the progress we’re making, than the number of steps (pages/projects) we’ve taken to get there.

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Logo Logic: Fire Walking

When I embark on an art or design project, I always fluster.  Some of my ideas aren’t what you’d call mainstream and often have to be explained.  And that concerns me.

Take, for example, my diversity and inclusion logo design.  My first idea was a Venn diagram.  A bit boring, but no explanation needed.  Yet it just didn’t sit right with me.  I wanted to go with something a little less obvious.  And I did.

But with creative projects I feel I have to keep justifying my idea to myself, or explaining them to others.  At the moment I have limited faith (that comes from experience) but some of my ideas are just so far off the mark I end up on a completely different path to the one I should have been on (again, from experience).

Could I be a trailblazer, a brave pioneer of fresh new territory?  Or am I just lost?

A trailblazer is literally someone who makes marks along their trail so that others may follow behind.  They may not find the destination they were expecting, but if they hadn’t started their journey they would never have known.  I’ve begun to tell myself I’m blazing my own trail.  In time I hope someone feels curious enough to follow, find what I found, and discover where I’m headed next.

Lesson 5: It takes courage to blaze a new trail, so it’s okay to hesitate a little (and you won’t burn your feet).  Enjoy the journey or you’ll miss part of the fun, and take time to discover your destination when you finally get there.

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