Monday, November 12, 2012

Moon Mask and Geeting Out of a Creative Funk

I am excited that I was able to create a mask out of clay that could also be embellished. My first attempt was broken before it could be fired. I learned a great lesson.  When the next sessions begins in January, I think I will attempt to make a few more masks. I continue to think about how I can combine clay and fiber. Hopefully an idea will come. My attitude concerning broken or unsuccessful pieces is that I am learning and that I can always create something else.  Tonight is my last class and while I am sad, I do know January will be here before I know it!

Over the weekend I had several conversations with friends about what to do when ideas don't come and when one is in a creative funk. This year has been such a highly creative year for me and I think several things played into this. One is attitude. Another is being kind to myself. I understand that periods of high creative activity are followed by a period of recharging.

However when I have been stuck, I do know that doing anything creative always helps me even it it means making a tote bag. I think collaboration is another way to jump start creativity as well as joining a group that does trades. Another trick I use is to do something physical--go for a long walk, mow the lawn, clean my house. Writing in my journal which always seems to involve painting, drawing, etc. and keeping lists also work for me. Taking up something new like pottery/ceramics has certainly fed my creative spirit. I think the part I has excited me the most is the problem solving/learning that has occurred. What have you done to get out of a creative funk?


  1. The first thing I do once I realize that I"m truly in a 'funk' is to pull out the following piece by Chuck Close (shared with me by a dear artist friend):

    Words to remember when "the spark" goes missing . . .

    “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.

    Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case."

    After that, I read this page by Bruce Mau titled "The Incomplete Manifesto" --

    By the time I've read through both, I'm usually humming "Turn, Turn, Turn" (by the Byrds) - a time to this and a time to that.

    These things help remind me of my cyclical nature, easing my stress levels to "produce" or "post" and encouraging me to look and listen to what others are doing while I wait for my mo-jo to be restored. (And yes, I dabble in other media while I wait - words, paper, photography, organizing, etc.)

    1. I love what you have added. Bruce's Incomplete Manifesto is wonderful. Chuck Close's quote is like the Picasso quote that I love. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Karen


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