I don’t know about you but for the past few days, weeks even, I’ve been feeling a bit listless, a bit blah, a bit draggy. Sure I have work to keep me occupied, for instance, the work I need to do preparing classes, critiques, and demos for my IGNITE! membership, and the work I’ve been doing to help my partner Cam and his colleague Julia get their website for On Conflict Institute up and running. But when it comes to studio work, I feel unmotivated and so basically, I don’t make art. Yet I know it will make me feel better to do some creative work. I know that action is the antidote to these feelings.
A few days ago, there came a tipping point. Despite having work that urgently needed doing, I basically said, screw it, all of it can wait. I need to do this for my own sanity. Rather than dithering about, I need to take actual action. And like I always say, it’s the process of painting that will both help us grow as artists and also soothe our yearning soul.
And sure enough, when I committed an hour each day for three days in a row to being IN my studio, to looking through photos and choosing one image, to creating various thumbnail options of it, and finally, putting pastel to paper, my joy indicator skyrocketed! Oh my, the process of pastelling, of feeling the texture of pigment go down on paper, of being immersed in the creative flow, there’s just nothing else quite like it. And truly, taking action is the antidote for those mopey apathetic feelings!
Since it’s nice to have some visuals, let me take you through a few of my painting steps.
And, there you have it!
If you’ve been avoiding the studio or just feeling listless and uninterested in doing much, then I promise, taking action is the antidote. Really. You will feel better just for having done something, and in the doing itself. This applies not only to art but to life in general.
Sooo, do tell me if this action-is-the-antidote idea makes sense to you. Is this something you know, understand, and DO already? Or are you unfamiliar with this concept?
And how are you feeling these days, two months into the global pandemic? How is COVID-19 affecting YOU? I’d love to know so please do leave a comment.
Until next time,
PS. Need a bit more taking action encouragement? Check out this blog!