This month's query is ~ What do you do to jump start or stretch your creativity?
It's a question that's particularly apropos to me right now and I'm actually quite tempted to skip to the part where I read everyone else's posts before I answer myself.
As you may (or may not) know I've been holed up in my apartment forever following a foot injury and have no partner or children to either distract or entertain me. I'm definitely in the middle of a big, ugly case of artist's block due to the lack of stimulation here in my 500 sq. ft. world.
I've tried going to online galleries; I started this blog; I've updated my web site; I've completed a couple of pieces that have been floating around my studio for a year or more (very nicely if I do say so myself); I experimented with a new technique last week; I've done metal clay busy work (making granulation balls and such); I've had a couple of art play dates with Michelle and Paige; I taught a couple of classes. I'm really trying to stretch the mental boundaries of my physical confinement - and one would imagine that all these attempts would have been enough to wake me up from my ennui. But Noooooo. I haven't had an original idea or a burning desire to create something new in ever so long.
I thought about taking part in the One-A-Week-Challenge that another group of jewelry artists is involved with, but it would have been hard to get interesting supplies considering my lack of mobility. And it would have defeated the purpose of the exercise to ask friends to collect my specimens for me. The minute I can get outside on my own though, I think I might join in their fun. Maybe I'll even do some of the previous challenges. I like the way they're configured. They're based on challenges adapted from "Project Runway" ( a show I've never seen since I don't have cable).
I'm loving taking part in these Carnivals and they're certainly getting my creative juices flowing, but it's all been cerebral and I need to get physical. I must inspire myself to set aside this electric juicer of a Mac computer for a few hours in favor of doin' a bit of squeezin' with my own two hands. Because at the end of the day, creativity , - just like anything else in life - is a decision we can choose to embrace or ignore.
Don't leave the midway yet, there's lots more fun to be had if you visit the other Carny bloggers: