Saturday, April 2, 2011

Play, release and create

I haven't posted in a really long time - over a year. It's been on my to-do list for a long time. Yes, I have been busy creating, just not posting.

Today, I wanted to share a link to Austin Kleon's post about being creative. This is so inspiring to me, and I wanted to share, and post it as a reminder to me when I'm feeling overwhelmned and not creative.

My key takeaways today are:
1. Play . . . just take time to play. Try someone else's technique, and put my own spin on it. Combine techniques that I haven't together. There is no such thing as original art - it's all been done . . . it's just how I might do it!
2. If I don't like working on a project, don't! Release it and move onto something I like, have fun.
3. I need to update my blog and enter shows. My quilts deserve more than just being rolled up in a corner of the room!
4. Love the reminder to 'be nice' - it is one of my mottos. The world is very small, and the internet makes it even smaller . . . it takes less effort to be nice and keeps everybody happy!
5. Be boring - what a great way to phrase this! My day job gives me the resources to be creative. A great reminder to take care of our health, so we have the energy and time to do the things we really want to do. Working on projects a little every day, and they can be accomplished!
6. Creativity isn't just the things I choose to do, it is also the things I choose not to do . . .

Today will be a day to release the projects that have been sitting there that I really don't want to do, and focus on the ones I want to get finished!