The key to growth for me is to keep moving. That goes for both growing in strength and internal creativity. Moving physically, sure, but just as important is the mental movement that comes from talking to other creatives and artists, sharing our processes and inspirations. There is no substitution for listening to one's own inner voice, to be sure - but you have to be quiet in order to hear it.
In mid November, I was in the right place at the wrong time. Another driver's error proved to be my downfall, and I've had the past 10 weeks to think about that. I wish I could say that I've been tremendously productive during this imposed state of quiet and healing, but if I'm being truthful, not so much. I have had the chance to be still and quiet, and that should pay off when I am well enough to be back at work in my studio... just the thought of it makes me feel ready for some time in front of my easel. Perhaps tomorrow.
In February I will do the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I figure it's good for me, and in the past it has served me well to have the incentive of posting daily paintings and saying a few words. With any luck at all, there will be birds singing in the morning and a few crocuses blooming when the challenge is done. That's nice to look forward to, but it's the idea of having 30 pieces of new work hung on my studio walls that motivates me right now.
I will be posting daily, on the 30 Day Challenge site as well as on my blog.
Let me know what you think.
Right now I need that motivation.