This time can be a time of rest… a time of recharging… or time of incubating new ideas. But, with time, there is a need to move forward…
Many creative ideas may swirl @ in our heads but the motivation to take that first step of action is lacking… Like being at the end of a diving board… and as much as you want to dive in… you just can’t let go and jump.
I was stuck for quite a while… I would make lists…research ideas…and experiment with new techniques. But, when it was time to move forward, I would feel too tired to begin.
One day I picked up a book entitled, Make Your Creative Dreams Real, A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day, by SARK (2004). SARK’s suggestion to take micromovements, or very small actions, to break out of procrastination spoke to where I was.
Making micromovement felt less overwhelming than considering a large project all at once. She says one option is to “complete your micromovement and go take a nap.” (SARK, p. 89)
I did one micro action. At the end of a chapter in SARK’s book, I found a website, Right Brain Business Plan, listed that caught my interest. Author Jennifer Lee was announcing a free 2-week video summit on this subject, which was just starting. For 2 weeks I looked forward to interacting daily with people who spoke and understood my language. From this action, I took more micromovements… and slowly tried new things and moved forward…
Today in the studio, I am in the process of creating a 12” art quilt. I may choose to donate it to the Studio Art Quilter’s Associaton’s (SAQA) Benefit Auction, which is held in September.
This quilt will be an expression of the idea of the sunlight and bright blue sky that is always above the dark clouds…whether we can see it or not…
After piecing the hand-dyed and commercial batik fabrics, I will use
free-motion quilting to add texture and detail to the piece.
After a time of being stuck, it feels good to experience the movement of the creative process again! New possibilities seem to open up… a sense of positivity is regained… and hope is renewed…
♦Are there micromovements you would like to take before your next nap? 🙂
12 Replies to “Motivation!”
Love, love, love SARK and this post! Thank you!
Found you through the miz kate dot com Artist blog hop!
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Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!
I am an artist and educator, too.
I welcome you to check out my mixed-media paintings on my blog!
Mary C. Nasser
Thanks Mary! Glad to have you follow…
[Sorry to be slow in replying but I missed your Comment earlier somehow…!] I look forward to posting more and will try to have something of interest again… Will visit your blog soon. My Best, joni
Very Impressive Joni! Good Work!
Thanks for the encouragement Cheryl…. 🙂 joni
Joni Beach http://www.jonibeach.com
Thanks for the encouragement. I like the baby steps. It makes me want to try something again and not feel discouraged if I don’t get it done right away.
Don’t you think taking the pressure off is helpful!? It seems to help me relax and then I tend to get more accomplished… thanks for your comments, joni
The desert you speak of my feinrd is actually snow not sand. This image is part of another series originally found on deviantart.com.Nice collection of images on this site other wise!