When I was in art school there was this notion about being a starving artist. That to be a “true artist” you have to be broke to create. If you’re not struggling, you’re not creative. Getting a “real” day job is being a sell-out to your art.
Well, since I don’t really like eating Ramen every day, I got a REAL graphic design job. Then, I worked my butt off at that job, and all the jobs after that. The years ticked away. I got married, had kids, my life priorities changed.
Being creative got pushed down the to-do list. Oh, there were squirts of creativity but a lot of times it was a bit rushed…and involved kids creating along side.
Before I knew it, I had been at my current job for many, many, many years. I found myself doing what needed to be done. Not doing what I wanted to do. Which was to create! Where did the love of creating go?
When we starve our creative side, it takes awhile to get our creative groove back. To find inspiration. Are there any artist out there hear me?
Here’s the thing, I am always looking for inspiration. Some sort of spark. No one is going to give it to you. You have to work for it. You have to make time to feed your creativity. Even if it’s for only 30 minutes a day.
Lately, the girls and I have been into hiking the mountains and watching the sunset at Standley Lake. Talk about glorious inspiration. I mean, just look at that God-made sunset.
If you’re finding you need to get your creative groove back, here’s a place to start: Skinny Artist.
“When we flip our time assumptions over, our day jobs, family responsibilities, and duties become our gifts, not our burdens. They teach us to stand up on our wobbly artist’s legs and press against the time constraints of our lives to get what we really, truly want: a life filled with art, creativity, and love, balanced with supports put under our feet. That is the life of “having it all.” Then, if the day comes when we no longer need a job, we’ll have some rock-solid work ethics to build into those free hours.”
Living a creative life matters. It matters to your soul and well-being. Your art, no matter what it is, matters. Don’t starve it. Feed it everyday.