Do you remember being obsessed with something as a kid? Maybe it was a sport, you’d spend hours studying stats and watching it on tv. Or maybe a book series. You would stay up late, reading under the covers with a flashlight.
For me, one thing I was obsessed with was art.
I would spend hours creating “art”. I was never very good, but I loved it. I had flow before I even knew what it was. It was like I’d go into this trance and just create. Page after page with all different mediums. Crayons, colored pencil, pastels, paint. I didn’t discriminate what I used.
Do you remember those old printers? The ones that used the paper that you had to tear apart and take the edges off? My dad would give me that kind of paper and I could easily go through a bunch. Plus, it was satisfying to tear those edges off.
Why was it so easy to be creative and get in the zone as a kid?
I wish I could easily slide into creativity and art like when I was a child. It seemed so natural. So easy. Now, it feels like a challenge. I feel like I should schedule time for creativity, which kind of defeats the purpose. Creativity is something I want to tap into more, to get into the flow.
I try to make sure I take time each week to read, which helps expand my mind. I also write and edit images. But I don’t really do a lot of art. I no longer draw. I don’t paint. I attempted to do a 100 days of hand lettering but I was horrible at doing it daily. I gave up because I kept finding myself trying to catch up every few days.
I would like to incorporate more art, besides photography, into my life. I think rather than force a hundred day project on myself; I need to find a time that works for me and slowly incorporate it. Kind of like I need to do with writing and journaling.
Maybe an evening wind down routine. Something to do besides just sit and watch tv. I sometimes read in the evenings but maybe I need to put my phone away at say 8 pm every night and read for 20 minutes, journal for 20 minutes, and create art for 20 minutes. It’s not much, but a little every day will add up!
How do you get into a new habit? How do you tap into your creativity? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments. I would love to hear from you!
Do your kids produce prolific art? What do you do with all of it? I suggest taking photos of everything before tossing it. That way you always have a record. You can even make a photo album of their art! It would make a great gift when they stop mass producing art.