Most artists would agree. Making art isn't an uninterrupted odyssey of inspired productivity.
We have our ups; we have our downs.
The ups kindle the flame to make more art; the downs bring out our Inner Critic to question whether we can really call ourselves artists at all.
One of my tricks for getting through a bout of the downs is focus on rote tasks:
For my current project, rote means cutting out all the fiddly backing squares which will form the hanging mechanism for my quilt.
If I was full of energy and in a super-creative frame of mind, this job would be utterly tedious, but just now it's exactly what I'm capable of.
Repetitive activities calm the monkey mind
There's a meditative quality to repetitive work that relaxes me and releases energy blocks.
Subconsciously I build these aspects into my process to keep me going when I'm mentally or physically depleted, and keep my I.C. quiet until my well overflows into creative output again.
Over time they become anchors of my particular working style, helping to identify the work as mine.
How do you use rote activities in your process?
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