In the act of being creative we come up with all kinds of ways...

In the act of being creative we come up with all kinds of ways to give life to the ideas rattling around inside of us. Sometimes we have the time to fully develop and explore an idea when it springs out and wiggles around on the page in front of us. And sometimes we do not have the gift of time to develop these ideas. 

I used to get frustrated by this, which would often lead to trying to finish something and rushing and ruining the piece I was just getting to know. Over time I have stumbled on this approach: stop when you're not sure of the next step. Put the art away or place it somewhere you can bump into it. 

When an idea comes to you about what could be a great next step, even if it's just a whisper of an idea, it's time to dive back in.

Take a digital picture of the piece before you take the next step. This preserves the art you have created this far and makes it possible to come back and recreate the work if you need to. I find this process incredibly liberating. I don't worry about "ruining" something, or making a big "mistake". I simply take the next step in developing a work of art.

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Comment by michele josiane martin on May 3, 2014 at 5:28am

that sounds excellent. do you have several pieces on the go at once or do one piece at a time? i seem to have a few going at once. what do you think about it? my DH says i should do one at a time, but i want to do it my own way!

Comment by Calsanne Steward on May 4, 2014 at 2:09am

I am in total agreement. I leave my artwork on the dining room table and will look down at it as I walk past every day, picking small things that need changes. It prolongs the art process but it is so much more enjoyable than trying to change something major, messing it up and throwing away hours of work :)

Comment by michele josiane martin on May 18, 2014 at 6:03am

thank you calsanne, and suzanne.

i'm going to get comfortable with the idea of having a piece of art hanging around, or several pieces is what i like, waiting for changes, additions. lots of pieces. it's how i like to work, anyway. i

i'm like you calsanne. i keep rushing to finish so i can start the next thing, and ruining hours of work. i screw it up, tear it up, throw it in the bin. i don't want it to exist any more.

i'm going to head in a slightly different direction now. do what you do. on my big round coffee table. in the lounge room. the table is all mine, to do what i want. my dh has his own table. so, table, look out!

Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on August 11, 2014 at 3:58pm

So sorry I missed your thoughtful comments ladies! I have been in school almost full time all summer. I love the artwork on the dining room table idea Calsanne. If you don't have to be in a hurry, give yourself permission to slow down. Rushing only causes stress and often art we do not like...just as you say Michele!

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