As an artist showing up to do the creative thing on a consistent basis, I have found that there is a need to take time to go away and recharge my creative battery. I know when ideas or inspiration are lacking that it’s time to break up my routine. That is when I decide it’s time to go to the all powerful list. OK, you got me. I really don’t have a list written down, but I put one together just to share with you.
Here is my list of things to do to recharge :
- Get out of the studio and see other art
- Take a nap
- Re-examine your intentions and vision for your work.
- Drink some coffee
- Call a friend
- Go for a walk
- Did I say take a nap?
- Read something inspiring
- Go to the park and look at nature
- Go see a movie
- Take an art workshop – I know just the one to take.
- Drink more coffee
- Call your supportive spouse or partner
- Call my dad (that ones for you dad)
Sometimes I need to employ several items if I am really flat. You have to be honest with yourself as to when it’s recharging or when it has become work avoidance. Only you can say. When you have a show or commission deadline, it becomes more difficult to take those breaks. What I have found is by taking smart breaks, work flows more easily, and I get more done.
I’m curious what you do to recharge? Leave a reply below.