In the past few weeks since my Japan trip I have been contemplating creativity and the work-art balance.
All of my life my brain has been working hard at being logical doing office work. But now I am trying to 're-train' it to focus more on my creativity and the conceptual. Not easy!
I am working on a new art routine. Just like my routine of getting up in the morning (shower, breakfast, feed chickens), my art needs to become a state of consciousness, a flow state that seems more normal and everyday rather than something I'm constantly trying to get my head around.
I am beginning by splitting my art practice into 2 parts - processes/techniques and concepts/ideas.
Processes and techniques are fed by my 'logical' brain and are strong and well-developed. I enjoy 'doing'.
However, I need to spend more time on my concepts and ideas. I find this 'thinking' part of my practice the hardest to concentrate on. I need to slow down and spend time thinking about where I am going with my art, what I am trying to say, and get some depth into the 'why' of my art practice.
Wish me luck!