As winter hangs on by its “invisible finger nails” I find it hard to keep that fire of creativity burning.This year has been less severe for me, but when I have to wait most of the day for the sun to push the clouds aside in early April I experience a certain lethargy that sees me moving toward the studio in slow motion.
It’s Easter weekend, the lake community is waking up from its hibernation state and traffic increases. I am still not fully alert but maybe I am burning the candle at both ends again? I tend to do this – I often over-extend myself when I volunteer or sign on for a position on the executive of a group…
I am getting so much better at reigning myself in and refocusing on what’s important. Right now, I am realizing also that I have many new ideas and plans – this happens every spring! I am working on organizing and prioritizing my ideas and commitments. This week was filled with camera club “stuff”, executive meetings, getting the website updated and revising a membership survey along with drafting a club handbook with bylaws and executive member job description. Our club was dormant for several years and none of the “old guard” has taken on an active role in reviving the club. We have a dynamic and committed group, and are working on streamlining responsibilities while planning activities for the upcoming year. – None of this work has anything to do with my studio practice!
A few days ago I was reminded that most of us have a fire inside of us. This fire represents the passion and desire for our art practice and bright idea sparks. The heat and energy from this fire moves us forward and gives momentum to our work. It makes us feel alive, and only we know how this passion manifests itself, how it feels! Is it not a shame that we so often set aside or neglected this fire as we chase other endeavors or complete less creative work?
When we divert our attention from creative pursuits we tend to lose the joy, the fire dies down and only faintly glows and is in danger of getting drowned in the distractions and the day-to-day tasks.
Here is a word of advice: Don’t let your fire get extinguished. Nothing is worth the price. Don’t neglect feeding the fire in your soul; don’t for a moment allow the embers to loose their glow. It is not worth the sacrifice, especially when it’s the fire we draw energy from to create our art.
I might not be building a physical fire. As an observer of nature I look for the glow of embers wherever I travel, the sky, the reflection of the rising or setting sun in a body of water, the color red in my fabric stash, the rosy cheek of a baby and the soft pink paws of a kitten or puppy – they are enough fuel to re-energize my inner fire!
No, I am not turning into a philosopher, I am preparing for my lecture at the Sunshine Coast in early May. The lecture and trunkshow is titled “Fanning the Fires of Creativity”. I am also reading a lot about creative practice. While not much is new and earth shattering, I find it empowering, and what I read reaffirms my belief in focusing one’s creativity to stay motivated and energized.
Hoe do you fuel that fire of creativity? in case you are wondering – chocolate is an option…