“And suddenly, like light in darkness, the real truth broke in upon me; the simple fact of Man, which I had forgotten, which had lain deep buried and out of sight; the idea of community, of unity.” -Ernst Toller
I’ve recently been neglecting to pick up a paintbrush and paint in lieu of grabbing my camera at all hours of the night to run outside and capture the twilight. I’m not sure why i’ve been feeling the overwhelming urge to take photos rather than paint. I’ve also been working a lot on design work rather than writing. It is a shift that often happens to me and my creativity. I focus on another form for awhile, and it goes back and forth much like an ebb and flow. Just that instead of inspiration that is ebbing and flowing it is really the form in which the inspiration is coming in that is ebbing and flowing.
I just have been seriously lacking any inspiration for paintings, illustrations, and even writing. On the other hand I’ve felt so moved by the need to capture the night in photos, and work on web design work again that there seems to be no end to the inspiration I’m finding there.
Rather than resist it as often I do when these waves come, I am riding this wave like a seasoned pro, encouraging it.
I am also trusting it, trusting that when I do show up in my studio again and find the inspiration to paint that it will be there like an old friend.
In the meantime I’m lovin the amazing long exposure night photography I’ve captured over the past few weeks, and picking up my camera and playing never felt so right! I also can’t wait to share with you what I’m up to on the website front that is another jolt of pure creative instinct at work that I at times feel overwhelmed with all the ideas!
So how do you handle being pulled in many directions creatively? Do you find that you may drop one thing for awhile and focus on something else? I’m right there with you!