Treacherous comfort zone is something I try to avoid at all cost. I’m not always successful and it’s easy to sink down into my new recliner and read a book when I need to be more productive. (Picture is a stock photo. 🙂
I actually fight that urge every day, but I know what needs to be done, so I have a choice of following my lazy side or the side that really wants to accomplish something useful for me and others.
Useful as in art inspiration. Sometimes it’s hard to be inspired and produce art, but to break that lazy habit you have to show up at the easel or art journal. Once that resistance is broken, I can then face the resistance of the art itself. Nothing but hurdles, haha.
The art resistance is harder to break than the habit of what to do with my time. I usually force myself over that hurdle and things open up.
There is a third resistance and that is to try some different art modality. If painting faces was my thing I might try landscapes. That resistance might be stronger than anything. That’s why you see artists painting the same thing over and over because it’s safe, tried and true. Not that the art lacks merit, but you get in a groove and staying there is more comfortable than taking a risk.
That’s maybe why people paint photographic perfection instead of doing risky forays into the loose and undefined. Technique is safe.
I watched a documentary yesterday, Sky Ladder, on Netflix about this famous Chinese artist Cai Guo-Quing. He uses fireworks to create his huge pieces of art, and he also designs massive firework displays (opening of Olympic Games.)
It was wonderful to follow his creative process which is on a huge scale. His art is subtle but right in your face, and I was mesmerized and also mortified at my own small thinking. I highly recommend the documentary to all artists as an inspiration to stretch boundaries.
Life really is about stretching boundaries and trying new things. So what if it fails? It’s just another step in the exploration called life.
It’s important to have a balanced inner life, but also so important to do the “right thing,” it being the work that fires you up.
Right now I feel that I’m at a crossroads. Either I break through to the next creative level or I make deeper grooves in the rut that I have dug in the past. Life is constant evolution. (Or painful boredom.)
Standing still equals staleness.
To live a creative life is to be dynamic and open to the possibilities as they happen. I saw those in the eyes of that Chinese artist. He’s is fluid, open, present, and seeing the biggest opportunities for risky expansion.
He spoke to my heart.
I also saw lots of bravery and a conviction that it’s only possible to move forward. No choice really.
So I come back to the choices we make every day, whatever work we do.
Yes to being proactive.
Yes to expansion and greater things.
Yes to creative risks.
Yes to LIFE, not habits or ruts.
What is the risk you need to take today?
I cheer you on from my studio, not my recliner….
P.S. I have lots of art for sale in my etsy shop. Christmas is coming… There is a price range for everyone. CLICK HERE.