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Making Creative TIME and SPACE : Would you like to think about some ways to help your artistic practice grow?
Let’s talk about it …
How can you find a way to have the time you need on a regular basis and make it work for you?
Remember life changes and so do priorities so if you can find room to be flexible and open this might help you do just that!
I HAVE THE ADVANTAGE
I am a working artist and therefore have the devoted life of a creative person with their practice in place for many years. And it is my job every day to make creative time and space.
There is no short cut to for time spent in your practice, it is a requirement of becoming skilled and developing your unique voice.
If you just want to play and enjoy your time being all kinds of creative then this can apply to you as well, just realize the principles are the same regardless of the seriousness of the artistic devotion.
We are all creative every day in some way. Lately, for me, it can be anything from writing a post to making a new figure to designing the bathroom counter for our new apartment.
My best wish for you is to find time and space for doing things you love and expanding the part of your life that brings energy to yourself.
Two years ago I sold my house and the big studio I had built for my art making.
I began sharing a small bedroom with my studio space and cramped myself and my art materials into a tight area. Working there did not come easy and guests or visiting family meant I had no place to call my own.
My answer was to remove the “guest rooming with me” possibility and make the space just my studio. This decision was the charm I needed to feel secure and able to spread out unapologetically and work.
You do not have to have a large space to be creative but for each of us there is a sense of what feels good or right and this is the part of yourself to liten to as you set up a dedicated place for creating.
As you settle in it will take shape. You are in the same making of space making yourself ready for having the space to play and establish a creative routine.
Setting aside dedicated time
This is the hardest thing for many of us.
In my old house I could go into the big room and ignore the rest of the house but here in a small apartment I found staying focused a more difficult thing. Also there are all the things of a life to be done like laundry dishes etc which pull me away from what I think I want to be doing.
This push and pull is often a symptom of something I call the creative dance. Any excuse (or dance) will do…avoiding the confrontation of the work table,
Making a dedicated time for your art can really help and make it work the way you do best, for me it is first thing in the day. If I go directly to the studio I do much better at getting things underway before I become distracted.
Now that you have thought about making creative time and space let’s Explore different ways to start your studio time…
Some need a sense of specialness and something as simple as making a cup of tea works great take the time to make it and carry it in to your space. Another idea is to set an intention for the time you will spend. Or put on some mood music to set the emotional energy for your devoted time.
What works will be different for each of you but let it be something that you enjoy and that in itself will help get you to go there.
Don’t over think it
Planning is another kind of avoiding. Saying you will is far from the goal of doing. Just try to keep it simple. A small corner in the study or the spare bedroom…a space then simple materials. No need to go on a huge shopping mission or buy stuff to get ready…just start. We are all easily charmed by “preparations” which is just talk. Doing is what we want to accomplish.
Do one simple excercise a day
Try not to overdo your expectations, you need to get into the practice and having a huge plan will only make it harder. A simple exercise a day is very popular and you can find a simple idea you like on YouTube or pinterest and start with this as a way to keep yourself heading in to create.
The truth is it is not the what you are making but the intention should be to be creative and open, this can really help you to enjoy the time and space you are dedicating to yourself and your creative life.
Keep an open mind
There are days when you may begin with great intentions but the work does not flow. You cannot force a change of this reality. and, as you try harder and then even harder to push through it can turn into a very frustrating and difficult day for you.
Try to remember to remain open, if things are not flowing, go do something else and head back a little later or the following day. Be good to yourself, beating yourself up for not getting to your creative space or struggling on a day it is not working is negative.
Let the practice find you
If you find yourself there (and we all do) let go of expectations and let the practice find you.
I will give an example from my own experience. I work in clay at times and love to do this method I developed of printing into the clay then bisque it, adding layer of colour and often doing multiple firings to create a final result.
Every time I fired the kiln I set myself up for disappointment because what it looked like when I out it into the kiln was never what it looked like when ti came out.
I was fighting for an outcome I had no control over.
Finally one day while talking about my distress with a friend she said, when you close the kiln to fire, why not make it a ritual of letting go? Let it go so you can let it take on it’s new form and you may have a better time of this process. Also, you might be pleasantly surprised.
That changed my thinking, I opened to this simple life principal and let it be part of my clay practice. The world changed and although I still struggle with control, it remains a lesson I can go back to for comfort and the shift of mind that allows creativity to blossom.
a search for storage space solutions : part one
While searching for storage ideas on Pinterest I came across this cool twisitng and turning tower for art “stuff”. You can put it in a very small space and access all the sides.
I found one image and quickly I saw similar ones from different companies. I researched each of them to find they were all the same basic unit and yet they varied a great deal in price.
The links are below, but a space oragnizing solution for your creative place maight be something you build or purchase that can make your space easy to keep sorted and uncluttered as well as having your things right there rather than having to go find them or dig them out of a cupboard.
Craft Storage tower comparison
Wayfair : 315.99US
Target : 351.99
Walmart : 155.24