Hi guys, I've quite a lot to share in one post today
however it all mainly sparks from what I mentioned in the TAT post yesterday about how I'm feeling creatively right now. While I was in London I was completely switched off, not thinking of anything back home, including all my creative projects I currently have on the go for my videos, for a friend, for the blog, for a relative, for the shop, for a surprise, for this and for that (...well, I might have thought about Sweepiebum once or twice, but he was very well looked after). Then I came back and the first day was really nice; I was just chilling, my mind was still carefree, I was having some fun and then BOOM! That night I was plagued by a dozen or more new ideas that were screaming 'GET ME STARTED', 'WORK ON ME IMMEDIATELY', 'I AM MOST IMPORTANT' blah, blah, blah.
After all of the TAT interviews I've done, as well as just general chit chat with artists, I've realised the collective number 1 challenge against creativity is fear. Mine, however, is not. I, in honesty, cannot remember the last time I felt fear in my creativity. I never question myself and think that I might not be able to do something, because I know I can, and I do truly believe anybody else can too...it's just that sometimes you might have to figure out alternative way of doing what you want to do, in order to make it work how you want it to work. The nearest I come to fear is I might worry when I put something new out, that people may not like or appreciate it, but still it does not worry me enough to the point of not doing it. Overwhelm, however, it is completely and utterly my number 1 for giving me creative paralysis.
BUT I'm going to take the advice from an artist in a video I shared a couple of TAT posts ago and just carry on regardless, which is obviously not as easy as it sounds, but what I did was carry on-to another project. So I made this journal page in my new outdoor warm-up journal:
In another environment,
My Outdoor Studio:
|me in my outdoor retreat last night|
...this pic makes my area look a lot nicer & more tropical than it actually is btw lol
but still it is*my* space ;)
So today I have discovered (or perhaps re-discovered) that doing *something* is better than doing nothing and not to let that overwhelm completely paralyze you from creating. It might not be the projects you wish to work on, but until that overwhelm bunny stops bouncing around all over the place and making you stress about 50 projects at once, a creative retreat/task/environment/journal of your own is a good way to tackle it.
Here is a quick flip of my Outdoor Warm Up Journal, a little bit of a peek at my outdoor studio and a little bit of a vlog on Overwhelm:
Separate vlogging to my main channel has been something I've thought about for years, but it was only this morning I woke up and was like 'that's what I want to do, it feels right'. So this is just a little tester really, we'll see if it sticks properly but please do tell me what do you think - do you want more personal chilled out vlogs on here where I can discuss/show what I've been up to that day/in that blogpost?