Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How to re-energize your muse in 60 seconds!

As blessed as I feel to be able to commute downstairs in my pajamas with a cup of joe in hand and go to work, some days, I walk into my studio and I feel stuck.  I am overwhelmed with "things to do" and my muse has gone in to hibernation.

Yesterday was such a day.  I have been scrambling with a busier than usual personal life as my husband mends from heart surgery, while juggling show season, ornament making and some commission work. I think my muse went to take a nap somewhere because I stared at several empty canvases knowing I NEEDED to finish some work but completely paralyzed to do so!

YIKES!

Well I decided to give myself a break.  Yup.  (And a time limit.)

I gave myself exactly 60 seconds to put "something on canvas" ~ no time to think or perfect, just paint loose and free.  No agonizing over color mixing or perfect drawings or "what am I feeling?"...nope!  Just 60 seconds and some paint on a palette. 

I didn't have time for it. And I let myself be okay with the fact that what I would put down would probably be garbage.  I decided to step in to a judgement-free minute and go for it!

And you know what?  I actually had fun!  

And I kind of like what I painted.  It looks nothing like my regular style, but it pushed me and it woke my muse.  The rest of the day I attacked my work load with a new vigor and at the end of the day I was happily covered in paint with some work ready for my show this weekend.

Here is a photo documentation of my little experiment.  

The first one is after 60 seconds.  After that I continued to give myself timelines that were short.






I think I might call this piece "Awakening".

I challenge you to give yourself a break, some permission to be free and play! You might just wake your muse!

I added this post to a link party over at A Colorful Journey.  Check this out to find other inspirational posts by artists!


Let's Play!
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20 comments:

  1. I love this piece Kirsten, It's beautiful! I know what you mean about getting stuck sometimes, thanks so much for sharing.

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  2. Putting a time limit on just getting going definitely helps. I think you ended up with a fun piece!

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  3. Sure will, great painting in the fast mode Kirsten. xox

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  4. 60 seconds to wonderful! I love this one and it adds even more awesomeness to it that you invited your muse for the whole day from it! Thanks for sharing with Let's Play!

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    1. Always ready to Play! Look forward to seeing others' links!

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  5. GREAT!! Wow. SUPER! Now... if it would just sell as a work you did in 15 minutes or so.... wouldn't THAT be one for the record books!!!!????? Hehehhehehehe!!!! Ok - so.... I am turning around right now to my blank canvas and trying your experiment :) j.

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    1. I know it ~ that would be great, right?!

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  6. That's amazing! I often suffer from creative block too and loosening up on my expectations definitely helps.

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  7. Very nice. I'm going to have to try something like this as I get so overwhelmed so easily wanting to do everything but feeling like I have time to accomplish nothing. Although my deadlines are self-imposed and not so real as yours, the anxiety experienced is the same. Thank you for the great idea! :-)

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  8. I am amazed at what you got done in just 60 seconds! The flowers look very playful, especially after adding the last touches of white. I hope you hang it somewhere where you can see it daily and remember this experience.

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  9. Wow, what you made in just 1 minutes, unbelievable.
    And what a luxury indeed to only have to commute downstairs, I just received the message last week that my department will be relocated which means my commute will double at least and the distance is tripled :-(

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    1. Yes, I am pretty darn fortunate to have such a commute!

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