Who is in charge? You or your ego / resistance? I know I have written about that before, but through my experience over time, I have realized that inspiration is not some kind of random thing that only comes to a lucky few.
Inspiration is a good habit to grow in your art practice. Inspiration is not a fickle muse or a random occurrence. It is yours to command if you show up consistently.
I wasn’t going to write a blog post today, but I had promised myself to write one this week. Kinda late in the game since it’s Saturday. My excuses were:
I’m not inspired
I have nothing to say
I’m too tired to write now
I’d rather be painting (when would that ever be an excuse??)
When I show up to paint, I get the same bullsh*t excuses. Life would just go by without me accomplishing anything I have set out to do.
I have “make art” written on every day of my calendar. I do miss some days, but for the most part I show up even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes at the current painting or art journal page.
I count my crafts as art too since I’m using my creativity. Here is what I made today.
I woke up and really wanted to get going on this mermaid. Part of me said, go for it, the other said, sleep in.
There will always be some bullsh*t excuse for not doing what we know will make us happy.
Same crap as with exercising regularly…
Saying “no” to the resistance is a muscle that can be toned and strong. At one point the resistance gets the message and moves over a bit so that you can get to the action you want quickly.
The point is to stick with the action you have set for yourself. If that is “do more art” it’s something that is “holy.” There is no argument allowed and as “do more art” becomes a habit, you have won.
Remember though, resistance will always be there lurking in the background, but if you have set a “no compromise” status for yourself things have to move forward or YOU will feel like crap while resistance smirks in the background. Been there too many times.
If you expect inspiration to be there, IT WILL BE.
Excuses are not allowed.
NOW, go do it! 🙂
P.S. My free 2017 art journaling challenge is going strong. If you’d like to have the prompt emails. sign up HERE. Guest teacher for March will be Julia Ostara. The mermaids are available in my etsy shop Earth and Faery.