Creative Process

I’d love to change my creative practice . . . but how?



It’s hard, but only like quitting coffee hard. It’s a few days of focus then you’re on the home stretch (until you realise you’ve become humdrum again, that’s inevitable, don’t fear it). Lots of psychologists, (professional and online), tout that change is the way to reawaken creativity.

There are lists of small, achievable things you can do: change your routine, go to work a different way, book your own time into your diary. Great, do it, if you can, if it helps to make that black-hole fertile again.

I’ve been thinking about these ‘lists’ recently as I look forward to the promise of a new year with new opportunities and the chance for change. At the core of the ‘list’ concept is the idea of making us focus on something. We can’t make changes if what we are doing is habitual, we have to focus, and, ironically, through focusing things start to grow creatively.

If that doesn’t work, it’s about big changes for short periods. If small changes aren’t enough,  create a ‘rip the band-aid’ off kind of change. Just a short break that focuses on you creative practice and nothing else can shake things back into focus. Even better if that creative change is with peers that will give you new ideas, tools and something to focus on.

A change and a holiday can be the same thing.

So . . . . start the process of change by joining me and a group of like-minded artists for my hands-on workshops, ‘Developing Creative Ideas’, at the Abel Tasman Lodge from the 5th to 8th of April 2019. Places are limited to 8 artists and bookings close 11th Jan – so take action now! Suitable for all levels of painters. Click on the link below for more information: