What sparks your creativity?

Hi Friends,

I know it’s been awhile, things got a little bit hectic for me these past few weeks.  I am preparing to leave for Kentucky on Thursday morning for a StenciGirl and Friends art retreat where I will be attending some fabulous classes with some of my favorite artists…. MaryBeth Shaw, Traci Bautista, Seth Apter, Pam Carriker and more.  I will also be teaching a pop up demo there myself so, life has been moving at lightening speed for me.  I promise to take lots of pics and if I have time I will post some here in the evenings just to share what’s going on with all of you.

This leads me into today’s post…… What Sparks your creativity?

Knowing the answer to this will help you when you have a creative block.  So now I bet you are asking …well Yeah but how do I figure that out?  Well it just so happens I have some tips to help you figure that out.

If you are like me there is nothing worse than sitting there with that blank sheet of paper in front of you and having absolutely nothing creative come to mind.  And yes I have read all those online posts about throw some paint on to the paper – just start – don’t worry about what you make – yadda yadda yadda, I’ve read them all.

And the truth is none of those things have worked for me.

And I do care what my paper looks like

And throwing paint on a sheet of paper does not spark my creativity.

In fact all those things frustrate me more because when I try them and then don’t work well it’s down right disappointing and again if you are like me you are asking yourself at this point – ok how does this stuff work for everyone else.

Well the truth is maybe it works for some but it doesn’t work for everyone, like I said it doesn’t work for me.

And if you think that because I can put out nice looking art that I don’t get creative block – HA!  WRONG.  I get it, many times.  So here is how I have figured out FINALLY what sparks my creativity.

I pay attention.  Yup it’s that simple.  I pay attention when I am in a creative mood and I notice what kinds of things spark my creativity.  I make notes, I keep a journal, sometimes even take pictures and that allows me too find my way back to my creativity when I have lost it.

Below I share with you things that work for me but again, we are not all alike so what works for one does not always work for everyone, so I encourage you to pay attention to yourself, be mindful and take notes.

One thing that works for me is cleaning things out – not always just my art room but any room in the house, closets, cupboards etc.  Why does something like this help me?  Well although I’m not completely sure I think it is the fact that It helps my mind concentrate on something else.  It’s busy work and allows lots of movement which is a lot different from when I’m sitting and creating.

Another thing I do is take lots of walks – especially during different times of day when I normally wouldn’t and I try to notice the world around me, the sites, the sounds, the smells, the colors.  I try to stimulate my other senses to spark that creativity.  I don’t try to force it I just relax and enjoy myself getting out of my usual environment always makes me feel refreshed and renewed.

And finally this last one may not appeal to everyone but when I’m in a creative rut I love to cook.  Sometimes channeling my creativeness into the kitchen helps me just feel better and refreshed. I love to create new dishes and lots of times just doing something totally different yet creative helps me tremendously.

Share in the comments your ideas, tips or things that help you.  If it helps someone else or gives someone that creative spark again it’s so worth the share!!

Now I’d like to share with all of you what I’ve been up to creatively.  I’ve been working in my art journal and a new watercolor journal. I have decided to take this new watercolor journal and turn it into a true visual journal where I take notes with tips and techniques that I learn along the way in watercolor and I will also be adding personal bits of my learning experiences and things that have gone on each day.

So here I have created my own little mix of colors, I was feeling the need for some deeper fall colors and since I didn’t have quite what I was looking for I just mixed up a little palette.

and well it is getting to be almost pumpkin time here so thought I would do a little watercolor practice on some pumpkins. So above I have the traditional orange and below some fun Teal / Turquoise.  I love to do things like pumpkins because they are a simple easy shape to draw which allows me more time to practice watercolor painting techniques and shading – color blending and layering.

and lastly I want share one of my art journal pages I created.

Thanks so much friends for stopping by and sharing your time with me!  Hope all of you have an amazing rest of the week, I will be back soon with pics from the retreat!!

xoxo – Sherry


6 thoughts on “What sparks your creativity?

  1. Hi Sherry I have missed you, I do hope you are well. Creativity is a funny old animal and comes in all shapes and sizes. I try to be creative every day although it doesn’t always happen. I do find reading or re-reading blogs and watching YouTube really stimulates those creative juices in me and sparks loads of ideas. Have a fabulous time on your retreat, look forward to hearing all your news. Big hugs and loves Dear Friend xxxxxxxx🙋🏻😘❤️

    1. Thanks so very much Dorothy, I’ve missed you too. How are the grandkids doing? Thank you so much for sharing your ideas, you are such a dear soul! I will post pics even if it’s not a long post while I’m gone so everyone can see what I’m up to. Funny thing is I have a hard time creating in a crowd, I’m more of a private creator I guess lol, so we shall see if I can even make anything worth showing lol. 🙂

  2. Love your suggestions. I try everything. Cleaning up stuff makes me feel good and when I sit down I can get creative after. Sometimes just drawing circles or squares or whatever gets me going creatively. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Absolutely Dee, sometimes just getting out of my own head helps that is why I think doing other things that are the opposite of creative tend to help me! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas Dee, excited to meet you this weekend!!

  4. Hi Sherry, I totally believe in idea journals and have kept them for most of my creative life (I am now 64). I watch/listen to you tubes and ustreams while I am working to keep me company. Have you ever watched Dede Willingham’s streams? She is doing a series on idea collecting. It is fun to see that while our ideas may take us in very different directions, the process of collecting ideas has been of value for a long time. I don’t get blocked very often, but my journals keep me focused on what I chose to work on. It’s also interesting to go back through some of my older journals to see how an idea has developed through my work, how often I come back to the same idea from a different point of view, and if it is an idea I want to create through or process through. Very different actions to me. Hope that answers your question. thanks as always for sharing.

    1. Hi Theresa I have not heard of Dede Willingham but I’m gonna check her out thanks so much for the tip. One of my fav things is being introduced to anything and anyone new ! One of my fav things when Flora Bowley started her studio diaries was all the podcasts n chats you got with them. Now she has changed them to the painting sessions and I ended up canceling my subscription bc it no longer had the podcasts but like you I would put them one while I was creating or doing something else and they were sooo inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing with me. ❤️❤️❤️

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