Living North – The Essential Guide to Art 2018

Pier – Living North, The Essential Guide to Art 2018

Exciting News!

I am delighted to share that my artwork features alongside fellow artists on the cover of Living North’s Living With Art 2018 included with December’s issue of Living North Magazine.

Eleanore Ditchburn Living North Cover Pier
Eleanore Ditchburn Living North Cover Pier

Aside from being on the cover, Pier is featured in the buying guide inside along with other fabulous Mellow Yellow items.  I am so excited to be in the magazine and it was a fantastic early Christmas present!

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This is especially wonderful as I’m working on a new range of larger paintings to be launched in 2018 and featured at Living North Live in May.  Let me know if you see this anywhere and keep your eyes peeled for more news on my new work.  You can see how the paintings develop over at Instagram.

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FAQ- Where Can I See Your Work?

You Are Important To Me

You, my customer, are a top priority in my business, along with offering quality artwork and stellar customer service. Listening to feedback and your questions gives me a gift to offer even better art and services for you. One question that is often asked is “where can I see your work?” I deal with UK and international clients and am keen to ensure that they can have an optimal service when purchasing from me. The following outlets have been specifically chosen for you:

Eleanore Ditchburn at Etsy

 

Etsy is a super well-known platform that is trusted by millions of people. You will find prints, greetings cards and gifts here and can benefit from their secure shopping experience. You can contact me through Etsy’s messaging service if there is something you need to ask or you can’t find a piece you love listed.  International shipping is quoted and all shipping is insured, tracked and signed for to ensure your piece of mind.  Here, you will be purchasing directly from me and I will aim to pack and ship your order from my studio within two days. Click on the picture above to explore my Etsy shop.

Eleanore Ditchburn at Artfinder

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If you are a keen collector of original art, pop over to Artfinder to select work for your home or to gift.  Most pieces are supplied unframed so you can choose a frame to compliment your decor.  Some are framed and I am happy to organise the framing  and will quote a price upon enquiry.  Since I benefit from a close working relationship with a local framer I can pass on highly competative prices.  Artfinder offers a part payment system on purchases over £300, so it’s easier to own original art even if you are on a budget! Take a look now, click on the picture to go.

 

Shop Direct from Me!

Many of my clients prefer shopping directly. This benefits you, the customer, with a virtuous warm fuzzy feeling and a gorgeous piece of art while ensuring that you support the artist directly.  This is the most personal way to interact with me allowing for the greatest flexibility in your customer experience. Check out my shop by clicking on the picture above.

 

Come and Meet Me

One of the privileges of being an artist is meeting the customer face to face! It is lovely to know why someone selected the artwork and what the client’s plans are once they take it home.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to answer customer questions about the art and discuss commission details with you.  There is no pressure to purchase, but you can often find a card or mini print that is not listed online. This is a great way to live with a piece before committing to an archival print or original. It is a delight to have a client pop by to pick up an order and saves you shipping charges too.  Check details on my calendar page or through my Facebook page below to keep updated.

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Top 10 – Eleanore Loves Sketchbooks

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eleanoreditchburn.com Top 10 Sketchbooks

When I say I love Sketchbooks…

That would be the understatement of the year! I don’t need an excuse to buy a new sketchbook, they are my constant companion, reward and place where I catch and work out ideas. I am particularly choosy about using sketchbooks that will stand up to some real wear and tear, have wonderfully versatile paper and just make me feel great using them.

 

Here is my Top Ten Pick of my Tried and Tested Favourites

1 Pink Pig

These are my mainstay sketchbook, they are always high quality and are extremely well priced.  The paper comes in bright white or ivory, you can stuff stuff them full or tear pages out. They travel well and come in an amazing range of colours and formats. What can I say, I love Pink Pig sketchbooks.

2 SEAWHITE Black Cloth Cover Sketchbook Landscape A5

This is my favourite sketchbook for taking on holidays when I want at landscape friendly format. I particularly love the fact it is great for sketching and drawing, but the smooth paper also takes watercolour for on the spot painting too. I keep a rubber band or bulldog clipped to the pages to stop the flying about in the wind.  I also stash bits of flotsam that I find whilst on our out door art adventures. Seawhite are a great company based in the UK, their products are widely available through art shop and online.

3 Moleskine Sketchbook

So, I use the venerable Moleskine for taking notes (whilst looking very official).  They are widely loved and followed as they are just so lovely to use – this brand comes in every concievable shape, size and layout with special editions released to tie in with popular films and fandoms.  You can get a teeny tiny one and whip it out to look like Poirot too!

 

4 Paperchase Square Kraft Scrapbook

Planning a home refresh? Designing your wardrobe? I use this square sketchbook with durable pages to gather ideas and sketches.  There is enough space to make notes and glue in colour chips around your ideas.  The bow just makes it feel even more special when you open it up to store all of your dreams.

5 Daler Rowney A3 Graduate Sketchbook 

I use the A3 Daler Graduate sketchbook for storing cuttings and references that are in my creative filing cabinet.  The larger pages are perfect for pasting in your clippings and there is enough room to add notes, additional ideas and memos for development later.

6 Winsor & Newton A4 Hard Back Sketch Book

Why are they all black? I don’t know that but I do know I usually prefer a spiral bound sketchbook for working in except when I just need to get some drawing done.  No ripping out pages with this one and I prefer to keep some sketchbooks for drawing only, no writing allowed! I find once I start writing in a sketchbook, somehow the works take over and the sketching gets pushed out. This Windsor and Newton offering speaks to me … “use the force, bethe uber discipliened artist you are”.  The only commitment is on page at a time, so I’m all right with that!

7 Daler Rowney Bristol Board

This is the sexiest double cream (that’s heavy cream for my US friends) paper waiting for your artwork.  If you are looking for the smoothest, brightest, super high quality paper for great reproduction and an absolute joy to work on – this is it. It comes in various weights and has handy symbols to remind you what it is best suited for on the cover, but if your are serious about your illustrations just try it and I bet you will fall in love.

8 Faber-Castell A4 Sketch Pad

For drawing, this is a fabulous sketch book, add Faber-Castell’s pencils which are simply the best pencils.  They don’t snap, they don’t have gritty bits of carbon in their core, they shade beatifullyand they are hexagonal so they don’t slip. They are my brand of choice (I also like Caran D’Ache).

 

9 Clairefontaine Double Spiral Binding Watercolour Paper Fine

You ever have a painting go curly on you? That’s beacuse the paper got too wet.  This sketchbook stands up to your needs and is just making me swoon right now.  The Fontaine art pad is 12x18cm and has twelve sheets of yummy cold pressed 140lb / 300gsm 100% cotton, professional quality paper. It’s naturally white without any optical agents added all wrapped up in a classy black (again!) cover.  Pair it with the Windsor and Newton travel set and the world is your canvas.

 

10 Filofax – The Ultimate Sketchbook In The World Ever

Fistly – not black, in fact, youcan have any colour you love. Yes, it is the humble Filofax (and this is the beautiful Filofax Pocket Malden Organiser – Ochre, I use an A5 size but this one is more portable). If you are like many artists I know, I bet you have a particular paper you love or you’re one who creates unique supports for your work.  For speedy hole punching, I use one of these. This is the ideal solution to make art on the go.  These personal organisers have useful pockets to keep your supplies in, durable ring binder clips, a world of accessories and you can customise the paper to your preference. It is more like a portable artist’s studio, I am asking, what more could you want?

 

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Safety and Success – includes worksheets to identify safe, authentic goals

Feeling Safety in our Choices

 

Recently, the high school students in the UK received their GCSE (our General Certificate of Secondary Education) results. I was a proud parent sharing a joyful event with my daughter and her friends.  Many students earned really exceptional results and all of the disappointed or bewildered students were hived off into a discrete office to discuss their future options.  Some students felt assured and now held a certificate to validate their choices, some did not feel this safety we all need when we make choices.

 

Early Choices

One of these was a brilliant young lady I have watched grow into a fabulous musician and singer.  I will never forget the look of terror, wanting and disappointment I saw as she had to choose between music, her passion, and medicine, her parent’s insurance policy.

 

I later learnt that she chose medicine and I hope that she has a wildly fulfilling career and will be able to follow her passion alongside of her day job. 

 

Choices, Reasons to be thankful1

 

The ideal conditions to begin to grow our creative talents begins with a sense of permission, coupled with its natural partner, a safe environment in which to foster it. People, need space to dream, try, fail, try again, explore and hopefully realize our ideas.

 

If a permissive environment or we don’t feel safe, then our creativity gets pushed back.  One result is that fear takes root and feelings of resentment begin to grow.  It is essential to be kind to other people’s creative aspirations and respect the conditions needed to help them grow.

 

So, What’s Stopping You? Let’s find out

 

A mistake that comes from fear is to believe that any one profession is ‘safer’ than the next.  These days, previously ‘safe’ jobs are in fact less long term than in the past, for example education is regarded as a secure profession always in need of fresh talent. However, many who work in education are required to reapply for their contracts every few years when a department or organization is restructured, only to find the terms of work have changed.  Secure long term contracts are rare and many previously dependable jobs are now tendered to the private sector.  This brings more competitive pricing for the cash-strapped public sector but has changed to nature of being employed and planning a career.

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Contrary to what many think, it is possible to make a successful career in a whole range of jobs as long as we are professional and passionate about what we do. This sense of professionalism and passion leads to motivated work and a desire to improve the quality of work or products provided.  Creative people often have to juggle a portfolio career or balance a day job with their creative activities to make them possible.  Nobody said it would be easy, but equally being a doctor or solicitor would be changing too, just in different ways!

 

If you truly want to be a musician, painter, textile artist, costume designer, or what ever you love. You must begin.  Make mistakes. Then learn your craft. Then repeat.  The real work of having a career,in he creative arts or elsewhere, requires overcoming our fears and constant improvement.

So, what’s stopping you?

 

Lucky you! Here’s a Worksheet I designed for you to ask just that

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Make sure you click on the picture or here to get your worksheet so you can follow along

  1.  The first thing I would like you to do is brain dump all of the things that you believe are holding you back from making progress on your goal.  List as many as you can, include the whiny and silly things.  If you’re really looking for a clean sweep, write really small and keep going even when you don’t think there are any more.
  2. Are they true?  If you think there is a valid point that has come from the first question, explore how it is true.  What is it telling you? Is it pointing towards taking responsibility for your time management or taking time to relax with your loved ones?  You will most likely have a number of gripes on your list that are not true. These pieces of self-talk are really not helpful and are extremely tiring.    Try banishing them for a week and see how you feel.  I bet you’re surprised by how often they pop into your mind at first, but this quickly reduces especially once you feel the benefits.  I’m not talking about ignoring real problems and if you have persistent low-mood or serious thought of self-harm you must seek professional help.  Check out this podcast by Michael Hyatt – ‘Watch your Mouth’ – in which he speaks about re-framing you burdens as blessings. His main message suggests replacing ‘I have to…’ with ‘I get to….’  Try it and see how you feel.  I bet you notice a change in your thinking for the better.
  3. OK, look over the things you feel that are holding you back that are true. List 20 positive actions you can take towards improving your situation.  Try to include very small, achievable items so that you maximize your chance of success.
  4. Put one item onto your to do list, into your project planner or diary. Do it
  5. Remember to review your list and reward yourself for working hard to sweep obstacles out of the way and progress towards your goals.

 

 

How Will You Know When You Are Successful?

One issue I get asked about all the time is knowing when you are successful.  I always advise measuring success by your own standards – after all they are the best aren’t they? So let’s do another worksheet to help you define what you are aiming for. Phew, working you hard today aren’t I!

 

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When you’ve completed the worksheet and written the success statements into your journal you will have a personal road-map of what success looks like for you.  Often we won’e feel successful inside and have to fake it until we make it for real! Here are my top tips for appearing successful whilst you’re moving towards achieving your goals:

 

Always be the best version of yourself and dress as if you are successful.

Aim to look like the person you will be once you have achieved your goal.  If you are strapped for cash keep the clothes you have maintained and try to have one outfit for special occasions.

 

Always be polite about others.

As they say in show business: You meet the same people on the way down as you do on the way up.

 

Smile (and Breathe!)

These things will help you make the right impression and keep calm(er) in the process.

 

Never gossip

Not once has gossip improved a professional reputation.

 

Don’t forget to schedule a review of your progress from time to time and keep a reflective journal to speed your progress along. Let me know what challenges you’ve worked to overcome and what goals you have set in the comments below.  I will be starting a group soon where we can all get to know each other.

My Vital (but often forgotten by creative mentors) Creative Tool – What is a Studio Journal and How do I use it?

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What is a Studio Journal all About?

I love the eye candy of the popular and beautiful sketchbook journal as an art-form in its-self, but there is a little-known and incredibly useful counterpart to these, the studio journal.

I also adore looking at sketchbooks to see how the artist wrestled with ideas visually to arrive at the finished work. Following all the twists and turns of the creative mind. Noting the ideas abandoned or yet to be explored.  These things are illuminating and undoubtedly beautiful, but the studio journal is one piece of the artists kit is rarely promoted with such fever and gloss as the sketchbook journal or the artist’s sketchbook. It is the place to record the nitty gritty of creating: the dreams, fears, failures, successes (major and minor), possibly even moanings and gripes.  The studio journal might not be glamorous, although your’s might be mine isn’t, but it is where the daily workings of the creative mind are recorded, melded, developed and refined.

 

K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stupid!)

The studio journal is sometimes kept as part of the current sketch book, but I find that once writing invades my drawing sketchbook it nudges the drawings out of the pages.  Words gum up my visual mind and it’s easier to get on with making art when their not clouding my thoughts.  I prefer to keep my studio journal notes in an inexpensive separate notebook.  This is the style I prefer, it’s basic and widely available from Wilko.com but I buy them by the boxful!  What is really useful is an A5 or A4 diary, the dates let you know if you’ve checked in and the notes build into a useful document to revisit and mine in the future.

 

What to put in your studio journal:

Studio Journal Checklist Eleanore Ditchburn Artist eleanoreditchburn.com

  • Studio thoughts, revelations and discoveries.  So that you don’t have a ‘Kinsey’ moment (one for the Mad Men fans)
  • Specific journal exercise responses to stretch your ideas and thinking habits
  • Supplies – things that are running out, have run out or set your heart on fire when you go to the art store
  • Possibilities, ideas or projects that you may try.  Meaning you have a relevant path of enquiry if your art tutor asks or the seeds of the next project once the current on is complete.  The studio journal is extremely valuable for this and especially useful for warding off post-project-blues.
  • Notes from tutorials – into the studio journal!
  • Notes from lectures, podcasts, Pericopes, TV, films etc
  • Directed free writing for a specific period of time. The sort of brain dumps required when your mind has gridlocked or you need to go beyond your initial thought on a subject.
  • The Date. Always add to the notes and reflect on why they are useful to you.  Sometimes it can be useful to add other information like ISBN, web addresses, locations and page numbers.  It is lovely to track an idea through sketchbooks and studio journals and see how they develop over time.

 

A Thought About Over-Sharing

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Sometimes studio journals are used as part of a learning program and the tutor may want to read what you’ve written.  This may mean that you wish to keep your top secret Pandora’s box version and a more considered, focused one that you feel comfortable sharing with your tutor (Sshh, don’t tell them I told you that).  It can be extremely valuable to share a little bit of yourself with other people and you often find out really interesting things about them.  Appropriate sharing of personal experience can promote diversity and improve tolerance within a group.  But, there are rules. You don’t have to spill your guts in glorious detail and remember be sensitive to others’ time and feelings.  Group members will be eternally grateful if you make sure there is a point to what your saying and keep to it.  “Art is therapeutic, not therapy” well said that lady, Julia Cameron in Walking in This World.  #appropriate sharing

 

When to Write

Using a studio journal will extend and deepen your artistic explorations.  If you are part of a guided learning program, your tutor or mentor may prompts you when to write or provide exercises for you to complete.  I use my journal daily and find it is one of the most useful tools in my studio.  It is important to find mental space when writing so that you can listen to the thoughts that get pushed aside by other’s opinions and the daily tasks and schedules that we juggle with.

 

♦It is sometimes good to write at the beginning of a project to research and test ideas.  It can help you find different angles of approaching a theme and lead to a more insightful body of work.

 

♦I recommend to my clients using the studio journal more often towards the end of the creative project to analyze how the process is going and whether the work is reflecting the intentions of the artist.  A common side effect of journaling at this point unearths hidden and new meanings in the work – a nice surprise!

 

♦Once the creative process has reached a natural stop or the artist has completed their goal, I advise to always do a reflective journal entry.  Similarly, if group critiques are part of your creative life a reflective journal entry goes deeper than simply recording criticisms, comments and suggestions.  This is an invaluable tool to developing your artistic meaning, vocabulary and leads to making meaningful works in a series.

 

♦Along with these suggestions, you may investigate specific questions, meanings or topics that arise during your creative process.

 

So, what is a reflective practice?

 

Creating work can be an exciting process, but we need to stop and reflect on what we’ve been doing from time to time. By asking ourselves questions in our studio journal we can gain insights about our artistic experience gives us a valuable opportunity to develop as an artist. I will explain the questions I use to aid my reflective process during my journalling time and here is a free worksheet for my lovely readers.

Reflective Practice Worksheet Eleanore Ditchburn EleanoreDitchburn.com

Click on the preview above to get your copy of the worksheet for your Artist’s Studio Journal

Right, let’s get down to some useful work.

1 Where am I at?

What is my current situation?  This section is not for judging your work or project, just give a very brief and factual outline of where you are in it.

2 What would I change?

OK, now think of the things that you should, could or might change. It might be very practical ideas about materials or construction of a piece.  It could also concern time constraints or budget  adjustments that could be altered.  Changes may be needed to the concept or line of inquiry during a project or piece of work.

3 Was it successful?

This is a great question.  You can think purely in terms of grades or marks aimed for or reflect on your own personal goals.  Even apparently tiny goals can make significant changes to your artistic progress. As ever, be kind to yourself and acknowledge the successes, that is a really important part of developing.

4 Why did it happen like this?

Well?  Were external factors important? Did internal issues promote or hinder the work?  Was something else to be taken into account?  Record it here.

5 What unanticipated outcomes occurred?

What surprises, nice or nasty, did you experience?  What can you learn from these surprises and are any of them useful for future development?

6 What would I do differently?

This doesn’t have to be set in stone, take a moment to think about how you would do the project or work differently if given a fresh start.  How could you be more efficient / focused / epically amazing?

7 Could they be improved?

This is subtly ‘different to doing it differently’, this is improving.  Doing something differently may take into account time pressures, but here we’re thinking about improvement.  Could one or more specific qualities of the work be made better?

8 Was the content it important to me or the viewer?

I like this question!  It helps the creative be really clear about what and to who they are communicating.

Any ethical or social concerns?

This is another useful question to ask yourself.  Sometimes an issue can arise during work that was previously not imagined and needs to be taken into account.

Intentions or to do list actions!

List a few key things from the journal writing above to take action on.  You may be able to action some fairly quickly, but other points will re-surface or may for the structure of an entirely new future project.

 

How to Write in Your Studio Journal

 

The great thing about your studio journal is that it is not an academic document and if you work outside of a formal learning environment it is your private sounding board.  I am a fan of dating writing and if I’m doing a specific exercise I’ll title it too.  You can write freely and record ideas that are edgy. There is no need to impress other people in your journal which can be a sanctuary from public sharing of your artistic ideas. You can follow set writing exercises (mine or other people’s) or create your own. If something surfaces whilst you are making art, jot it down and explore that at the end of the day.  These collected thoughts can become parts of essays, statements and even art works themselves!

The main things to remember about writing in your studio journal:

  • is to choose a comfortable place to write, be relaxed
  • choose a beautiful sketchbook to journal in, my top 10 are here – click!
  • use it regularly, at the beginning of a project, often during a project and always at the end
  • summarize sensitive content and keep it relevant to your artwork (ie don’t overshare!)
  • use the journal but don’t become lost in it

Some resources for studio journals

 

The infamous 1000 Journals Project

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(I earn a small amount of money from these affiliate links should you choose to purchase through here)

 

Commit to Creativity and the Power of Ritual

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Commit to Creativity

 

The world is chock full of like these days.  I don’t think like is a strong enough word to for creative people. To make something materialise from your imagination and find its tangible form we need to love, not like our ideas and then pair this with commitment.  We are working with our soul and I just don’t think like is important enough here! Who wouldn’t love to commit to the mysterious process of creating?

 

In the act of creation we need to make taking that action as easy as possible to avoid becoming distracted by mental and physical reasons.  We need to set in place the tiniest step towards our goal.  It’s very hard to stop walking once you’ve begun and that’s true in the studio or creative space you have.  Once you commit to ten minutes, or the first mark on the page, I bet you can’t stop.

 

Know Thyself

 

Know Thyself: What’s stopping you?

Know thyself: as was inscribed on the forecourt of the Temple of Adelphi and I think the ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about philosophy.  It’s time to think about how you prioritise your time for creating and reasons why you might not get down to it.

If you keep putting your creative projects way down your to do list, it’s time to think about what is that is being raised above it.  Your need to make time and space for your creative activities just like you would for other areas of your life.  It’s best to try and have a dedicated space no matter how small to serve you in your making.  We as creatives need to catch ideas, grow them, make preliminary experiments, store finished pieces and perhaps even ship works or display them, depending on your medium that your work in. Choose to matter more than the other things on your to do list, firstly:

 

1 Make a list somewhere about the physical space or any equipment you need.

2 Make another list about any resistances to creating you may have.  Perhaps, a specific incident or person had a negative effect on your creative activities? Is there anything you have avoided trying because you keep talking yourself out of it, maybe you that oil painting that  is too difficult / expensive / messy / exciting. Maybe you are fearful that your work will be terrible. Name them.

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Once you have your lists and can see the blocks more clearly, you can begin to understand and work on any blocks or material needs.  Next, put a single item from the first list of something you need or want onto your shopping list and get it.

 

Review the second list and try writing a letter to the person or journal of your feelings about your block. Then, throw it away. Seriously travel light and enjoy the journey more, you don’t need to hang onto others peoples’ hang ups and unwelcome opinions that they’ve passed onto you!

 

Set a date with yourself to try something new or revisit .  Begin small, begin inexpensively, begin safely – but begin. If you outgrow and initial inexpensive paints you purchased to dabble with you can add to them or replace them later as your passion grows and becomes firmly rooted.  Be nice to yourself, your creative talent is special, treat it so.

 

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Make it Easy:

Cultivate and Commit to Rituals, Habits & Routines

One way to build beginnings into something more permanent is by using rituals.  Many people prefer to call them habits or routines, shying away from the sacred connotations of the word ritual.  I think ritual is a good word as we use rituals in other parts of our lives to mark important points and events in our lives. Everything from birthdays, home-keeping and our regular trips to the supermarket revolve around habits and rituals.  For example, many visual art training in begins with life drawing.  It can be a very powerful experience in the life room, you are focussing on another human being, often unclothed, very intently.

 

Artists have a ritual in the life room, they:

  • select an easel
  • choose their place in the room
  • set up the easel and attach the paper to the drawing board
  • pose the model
  • begin placing the image on the paper
  • share the results and comment on each other’s work
  • thank the model at the end of the session

 

The atmosphere in a life room (the space dedicated to life drawing) is as focused and reverent as any in a sacred space, it’s about being the best human we can be to one another.  Twyla Tharp famously describes her ritual for creating choreography in her renowned book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Tharp describes how she prepares to be creative.  Interestingly, her trigger is thermal, she needs heat to work and begins her day at the gym before going on to her choreographic work for the day.

 

What’s your trigger? Commit to Beginning

Devise a simple ritual you will use at the beginning of your creating time.  Think about what triggers you creative flow.  I always work with music on and if I’m nearing a deadline, I need to have it on my iPod with earphones for maximum concentration. Have a look at these ideas and see if any work for you.

 

  • close your eyes and centre yourself for a short period of time
  • put on the right music for what you’re creating
  • journal or free write for a few minutes
  • meditatively review the piece in progress or a few pages of your sketchbook
  • make a cup of coffee or tea and take it into the studio or creative space

 

Try your ritual for a week and see if you develop a deeper relationship with you creativity and the work you’re making.  Banish all thought of not working during your ritual and focus on the steps you need to bring your work to form. Then begin.

 

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When we commit to working regularly without anxiety and negative feelings we allow ourselves to grow as a  creative person and honour our skills and talents.  Making and creating is called work as it doesn’t come without commitment and challenges. But, all things that are meaningful and dear to us do, and it’s so worth it when we’ve made something original from our commitment to our work.  So are you ready to commit to creativity, ditch like and fall in love with your creative talents?