I can’t tell you how many times I walked into my jewelry studio and immediately felt defeated. Chaos! My studio was a mess, and I couldn’t stand to be there, but every time I tried to clean it, I got stuck.
How many times have I put off my art to wash the floors (or clean the bathroom). Somehow doing chores was so much more important.
Perhaps other people have little invisible servants who make things tidy, but I don’t. I live in reality, baby!
Lately, though, I have changed up my priorities. Art and my creative endeavors are vital to my living my best life because it’s something that I cherish. Now that I’ve put art higher on my priority list, I have noticed a few things.
Yesterday, I and JP went up to Lower Long Lake, so our son could swim, catch crayfish, etc. I had nothing to do except read and draw. Unfortunately, I didn’t draw anything until we were ready to go…but fortunately, I reminded myself in the process how much I LOVE art. I love to draw, paint, make beautiful things. I sketched some quick coneflowers as we were loading up the truck.
Second thing that I have learned is to embrace a messy studio.
I get some of the most beautiful combinations when beads and things just cluster around each other in a haphazard way. This cannot be done in a clean studio!
Plus, it was just getting depressing — here I was attempting to keep the creativity alive, and yet when I walked into my studio, I was immediately confronted with the astronomical chore of cleaning it first!
I would look around, get depressed, lifelessly attempt to make something, and then leave because I wasn’t even happy to be there.
First of all, no. Second of all, no.
Art is God’s gift in my life. When I see art that is beautiful, it does something to me. It’s amazing! Well-designed spaces, paintings, colorful jewelry — LOVE it! Here I was killing the creativity because my studio was messy. I didn’t even have a chance. Once I became aware of that little voice in my head, though, it was over. The voice that said, ‘This studio is too messy to create in,’ or ‘You should clean this up before you start,’ or ‘How can you stand this?’ No, that voice was ruining everything.
I decided to forego the future studio where it looks like a magazine shot every day. Won’t happen. Sorry, ArtNet. At least for now, it will stay in it’s cluttered, magical state of wonder where I wonder where I put those beads from yesterday, but I discover a new color combination that is stunning.
Your creativity, however it happens, is a wonderful thing. With the risk of sounding weird, don’t kill it with your own brain! Don’t stab it with the laundry list or smother it with negative thoughts.