I had an artist date with myself the other day. I went walking in a park nearby and soaked up its wonderful calm energy. When I am feeling a little off, frazzled or mentally and emotionally down I find being in the presence of natures wonder always gets me back on track. My artist dates are important to me. They feed my spirit and ground my soul. I can return and enter the studio with confidence. Trying once more to produce what would not come forth from my heart through my hand and onto the canvas. Before the walk my brushstrokes were strangers. The colors and values didn’t jive….nothing fit.
I don’t fight this feeling anymore. I just recognize it and respect it as part of life. When I fight it the paintings are such a struggle. Then there is the downward spiral into the “pity party” attitude. That is when I take off for a long walk.
Our thoughts really do affect how we create. It puts us in a lower energy vibration that slams the door to our true creativity.
How do you handle those low moments in the studio?