Some of my favourite Lennon lyrics sum up how I often feel at this time of the year;
So This Is Christmas,
And What Have You Done?
Another Year Over,
A New One Begun.
I decided to do a blog entry to look back and reflect on 2007 and what has happened during the course of the year.
Last December I was stuck in a kinda artist limbo, I hadnt stamped or made anything what I considered to be creative for a long time. I felt like I had lost my muse and never wanted to stamp or create anything ever again! Infact it was so bad I was even considering selling off all of my rubber stamps!
Then as everyone was talking about making New Years Resolutions for 2007, a thought hit me; why didnt I set myself a very simple resolution for 2007? One that I could probably keep and not break at all. And thats what I did.
My resolution was that I was going to MAKE something within the first week in January – I had no idea what I was going to mak, but that didnt matter because keeping my resolution simply demanded that I make ANYTHING at all!
Making that first bit of artwork after not making anything for a long while was HARD! It was a real challenge and I really did not feel all that inspired at all. I didnt know what to do so I set about painting a background on an artists canvas and proceeded from there. It was the most difficult thing I ever made.
After I made my first canvas I decided to have a go at making some more stuff, while I found making my first piece of artwork in 2007 a real struggle, I was also encouraged by the challenge and was eager to try something else. Only trouble was I didnt know what else!
So I bought Bernie Berlins ATC Workshop Book and proceeded to work through the book following some of the featured techniques. A lot of the techniques were already known to me but that didnt matter! I used Bernies book as a jump off board to inspire me, I read about the techniques and tried new and different ways to twist the techniques and try out new things. I basically concentrated on PLAYING and didnt worry about the end finished results. So what if I had hundreds of hand made backgrounds which I hadnt yet made into art – it was all research and I enjoyed making them! Besides I can always save those backgrounds and use them at a later date!!
Slowly without me even realising it my muse came back! And it was like she had never been away! I was creating and making art in my sleep again! I was addicted; I was painting backgournds and canvases, making atcs and collages like a woman possessed! And it felt good to be back!
Who knew that I would rediscover my muse again after contemplating giving it all up and selling my rubber!
So if you ever get stuck in a rut and lose your creative muse, my advice is to do what I did – FAKE IT!
Force yourself to make something – ANYTHING at all – it doesnt matter. Look in your magazines or pick up one of your art books and work your way through the projects like I did. Rediscover old techniques and learn them all over again and PLAY! The more you fake it the more you make it!
Fake It, Till You Make It!
– because one day your muse WILL come back and revisit you!
I hope you all have a Happy Christmas and get everything you ever wanted!
A Very Merry Christmas!
And A Happy New Year.
Lets Hope Its A Good One,
Without Any Fear.
Live Long And Prosper