Imagine me with a look of despair, I'm wilting from the heatwave that hasn't really even started. My hair has gone wild with the humidity. Truly I strive to not wish a season away but what I dislike most about summer is the heat and humidity. We've only started summer! Oh look, me grumbling away.
While I talk about my creativity challenges I'll be sharing with you some new garden photos. I find them very pretty to look at inside a cool AC house.
My watercoloring has been challenging. I've been frustrated with so many aspects and my knee gut response is to not paint. How sad. Every stroke, every wrong color choice is a learning opportunity. I know that and yet every single thing I paint I want to look perfect. Being a perfectionist is not much fun.
At the end of a painting session I sit and think about what have I learned. Sometimes this helps me center or balance my thoughts, my internal dialogue and yes the harsh criticisms. This simple habit keeps me focusing on something positive.
I could pull out many many knitting projects that aren't perfect, don't fit the way I want especially ones from many years ago. My very first sweater I knit as a teen is riddled with mis-measuring and shoddy seaming. I was young and new at knitting so when I finished the sweater I was thrilled I HAVE A SWEATER! I made it! Me.
I have been knitting for more than 40 years (gulp). I have decades of a learning curve, muscle memory and knowledge. My first pair of socks I knitted in the early 1990's were so big they didn't fit my husband. I remember how happy I was that I knit a pair of socks for the first time.
You see, there are many facets to a given craft. I measured my first projects with 'look what I completed'. Much later I tweaked the gauge, the yarns, the needles used. I learned about fitting garments and better ways to execute a stitch design.
So my pep talk to myself about creativity challenges in watercoloring will go thusly:
'You did it! you painted a picture! You sat down, composed a scene and tried your best to combine colors and manage water control. You've learned how to lift color (how cool is that).'
My other creativity challenge for myself is to let go. Let go of expectations and assumptions. I'll report back to you on how well I do this.
|Home is where it's at!|
My son has been home all week after having his Lasik surgery on Monday. I've enjoyed having him here and all the chatting we've been doing. I was talking to my husband this morning and declared that all next week I'm not cooking since I cooked every single day this week.
While on our Cape May vacation I found the sweetest coasters that are plant illustrated. I've been looking the past six months to replace my rooster set.
This week has had many other challenges and I've found that what helps me the most is sitting down with my knitting. I feel calm and relaxed. Everyone in the world should knit and then the world would be perfect.
How do you overcome creativity challenges? What dialogue runs in your head? Share with me in the comments, I'd love to hear you.