In the last year of creating art I have noticed the relationship between how I feel when I am consistently creating compared to how I feel when I let "everything else" become the priority.
The more you create, even if it's not amazing or your best work or even something you'd ever consider showing another soul, the more you invite inspiration into your life.
And the opposite occurs when you reject your creative practices for everything else. Brene Brown says "truly unique ideas come from a place of creativity", so in order to invite more creative and unique ideas into your life, practice your creative skills.
In her book, Big Magic, Liz Gilbert talks about what happens when inspiration strikes - maybe a shiver down the spine, a sense of overwhelming excitement and an endless stream of what seems like luck or incredible coincidence surrounding the idea. When you grab hold of that spark of inspiration and run with it, there's no limit to where you can go. Put in the required work while inspiration is right there with you, otherwise, inspiration might find another soul to do her work.
This actually happened to Liz herself. Inspiration came to her and planted the idea for a book set in the Amazon. She took hold of the idea and began researching for the story. It was essentially a love story, with a female lead who fights against corruption.
Although Liz was incredibly excited about the idea, it was during a disruptive time of her life and she had to put her work on hold. Finally, over a year later when she came back to the idea, inspiration had left her and the spark was gone. She couldn't go on with the story.
Soon after this realisation, and when she had moved onto new work with a different inspired idea, Liz met and later became close friends with the writer Ann Patchett. In a subsequent conversation with Ann, Liz told her about her idea for her Amazon story, and Ann couldn't believe what Liz was saying. Ann was currently working on a novel about the Amazon, a love story in which a female lead fights against corruption! It's called A State of Wonder in case you're wondering.
Inspiration had left Liz when she put her work on hold to find another soul to do her work.
So why am I writing about this?
I have an idea, and I keep coming back to it and I keep taking about it, but I also keep putting off starting. I'm afraid I'm not ready, not qualified, not good enough to do it.
But in hearing stories like Liz's, I can see that if I don't take hold of the idea it will leave me to find someone else to do this work. It's always better to take imperfect action over no action at all!
So I'm going to share my idea, because that means I have to take action. Also, I need your help.
While we were at Camp GLP in New York one of the evening activities we participated in was called Late Nite Art, created by Adam Rosendahl. His events are designed to help groups and teams break through their creative and social walls. I freakin loved it! In fact I loved it so much I knew I wanted to create my own art based event back in Aus. On tables of 8 covered in paper, we collectively painted and drew until the paper on the table was covered in art. In a room of 350 people, it was an amazing experience.
So my idea is Story, Connection and Creativity, or Art & Cheese. I want to create an evening for small groups to celebrate their individual creativity. It doesn't matter how old you are, each of has a story, and part of my idea is being able to share those stories through art. What I want to create for you is an activity to whet your appetite for your inner creativity, with a wonderful bunch of people to connect with as part of the experience.
One of the things I miss the most about Portland/Camp is the open and vulnerable way in which people interacted with me. I didn't know how good it felt, to be authentic and real without embarrassment, to be heard, to feel a part of a tribe, until I experienced it with a group of like minded people searching for the same thing. And now I want to create that experience for you too.
What I need from you.
I need to take imperfect action, and that means I need a small group to experiment on!
This event is planned for Saturday 20th Feb. I need 6-12 volunteers. Location TBC, however it will be somewhere inner northeast.
This is for anyone. Absolutely no previous art experience required.
If my idea sounds like something might be interested in I want to hear from you. If I this doesn't sound like you, then I would appreciate it so much if you would share this with just one other person.
To contact me about this experimental event, contact me HERE.