Over any extended period of time, being an artist requires enthusiasm more than discipline. Enthusiasm is not an emotional state. It is a spiritual commitment, a loving surrender to our creative process, a loving recognition of all the creativity around us.
The Artist’s Way
Let’s revisit the Random Acts of Travelling Sculpture Challenge, or should I call it an Invitation?
In this world of push and shove, an Invitation sounds less demanding; more…playful.
choosing objects and their settings, then fiddle-faddling with iPhoto edits. What a quirky romp! The last three NZ pix are here in this blog post, but I can’t help taking more photos of little objects frolicking about.
I love the left field creative stimulus. It directs me away from painting, then back again with renewed vitality.
Which reminds me of a Useful Creativity Tip.
If your arty soul is invested in a particular medium – say writing, collaging, or playing the flute – try noodling around with a different form. It’s revitalising. You put your creative energies into a form or process that’s out of your usual terrain.
If you see yourself as a writer and feel blocked, you might try potato printing.
If you’ve placed all your hopes into being a successful film-maker, and nothing’s doing in the industry, you might turn to painting a mural on the back fence. A fresh coat of polka-dots in turn freshens your perspective.
Do you believe you’ll die if a gallery doesn’t say yes to your work any time soon? Perhaps join a drumming circle to release the valve and lighten your load.
How might this work? It’s kind of like – look the other way; take the pressure off; don’t push the river.
You are still exercising creative muscles, but you’re not locked into a small dark room with large bright expectations bumping into your artist heart.
You are making art without making art.
The wonderful Natalie Goldberg created the book ‘Living Color – A Writer Paints Her World’. She is primarily a writer. Yet she dabbles and delights in painting on the side. There’s less at stake when you let it rip in your non-dominant art form. You return to your main-course activities with new eyes.
Random Acts of Travelling Sculpture
Are you up for the err arr Invitation?
As of this week, three fine folk have participated:
Romny Vandoros, Ruby Foster-Swain and Fiona Fitzpatrick. You should be able to view their random sculpture photos on Sally Swain Art FB Page.
- In April, photograph an object in three different settings.
- Cut and paste this Sally Swain’s Random Acts of Travelling Sculpture blurb in its entirety.
- Nominate three (or six, or nine) others for the challenge.
- Share your three photos plus blurb far and wide, tagging the person who nominated you.
- Be willing for your (credited) photos to be included in the Sally Swain Art Facebook pageor the Art and Soul Space blog.
- Be invited and delighted whether you are nominated or not; whether you feel inclined to participate or not. No pressure. Really. May your creative juices flow, Randomly, Actively, Travellishly and Sculpturally.
PS If you are a Follower of Art and Soul Space blog, consider yourself already nominated!
PPS Feel free – very free – to share your experience or not-experience of Random Acts of Travelling Sculpture in a comments box below.