Thursday, March 18, 2010

Getting Inspired and Being Committed....

No, I don't mean being committed to the loony bin!! Although I sometimes feel I should be! What I'm talking about is being committed to your art.

I have been reading a lot of things online about doing art, getting inspired, being committed to art every day, etc. Right now I think I'm suffering from spring fever. And I'm also getting a little burnt out on art journal prompts....especially when they don't inspire me. The prompt for yesterday was "cabbage, carrots, potatoes and corned beef"....I don't eat meat and even when I did, I didn't like corned beef! So that prompt didn't do a thing for me. I know I could have done something with an Irish theme but that didn't inspire me either since my first husband was Irish....100%!! What I'm trying to say is, prompts are great IF they inspire me; not so great when they don't.

I've also been thinking about the art journal pages I do every day. I enjoy doing them but when I finish my page each day I think "there....I've done some art today" and then I don't continue on with anything else. I haven't painted anything in months other than backgrounds for pages. I haven't done any stencil/spray paint work in ages and I love doing that. There are tons of ideas floating around in my head but I don't do them because each day I "fulfill my obligation" to create something by doing a page in my art journal.

None of this probably makes any sense to anyone else but I feel locked in a box of commitment and unable to move forward with other types of art. I don't know what it is about me and commitments....I hate quitting things in the middle! In other areas of my life I will always see things through to the end but with art it seems different. I think as long as I'm being creative each and every day, in some way, then that is what's important. I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas about prompts and doing art each day and being inspired.

I've signed up to do a monthly sketch book project at Art House has to be finished and mailed by April 30th so that should keep me busy for awhile. I'm also doing some more postcard swaps and other small projects so art is a part of my daily life. And I plan to immerse myself in paint!! Well, maybe not literally but I do plan to paint more and still keep up with my daily journal pages but on my own terms....with my own ideas.

And I may be absent from Blogland for a little bit....maybe just a couple of days, maybe a week or so but I'll be popping in now and then to see what's happening. Right now I feel as if I need to concentrate on some art and finishing some of the WIPs that I have stacked everywhere!

These are just a few of the things stacked up waiting to be finished! The tall skinny collaged pieces are for a journal that was part of Julie's Super Nova class which I took last year. The smaller stenciled pages are for a journal class I took with Mary Ann last year. Neither of these projects got finished along with numerous others.

I hope you don't give up on me....I promise to have lots of finished art to share with you soon but I feel the need to take a little break and refresh myself.


  1. I know exactly what you mean, Janet. Just do what YOU want to do. These papers are gorgeous and just waiting for you. Enjoy your Spring!

  2. I have so many uncompleted things as well as things not even begun from classes I have signed up for.......

    I'm not a list maker - I need to make a list!!!!

    Have a great time creating Janet.
    We will be waiting for you to come back!!!

  3. Why would you commit yourself to something on purpose if you don't have to? As you know - you don't have to wait for inspiration - just show up and do something. That's why your one-a-day page was a good concept, but not if it's not working for you anymore. I would have difficulties working on prompts... maybe because I'm selfish in art and want to do what feels good at the moment. Enjoy the spring, relax and have fun creating. We'll be here. xo

  4. I know exactly what you mean! I've been so busy with various projects that I was committed to doing that I wasn't following my own muse. My blos is on sabbatical for awhile now. I'm still keeping up with what everyone is doing and I'm tying up loose ends, but I fully expect to start working on some projects close to my heart shortly. Go for it! :-)))

  5. Change is good! You must be wanting something different out of your art! Enjoy your break and play, play, play with your paints! Sometimes our muse has ideas of her own.....
    We'll be here when you get back :)

  6. I know what you are feeling, I am not sure how this page prompt thing will work for me, we are heading into good weather, and I have other obligations that are very imprtant to losing weight and not getting frustrated...and also continuing to do a Journal for that.
    This all shpuld be fun, not because it is there. I do wish you Joy, and that is all that matters. Love, Mary

  7. Janet,

    I think prompts are good sometimes and others they do not inspire me at all. I signed up for the same thing as you but I have not been inspired by any of the prompts. I think I am better just being with a page and letting my muse tell me what to do.

    I also think that I use the art journal as a crutch sometimes. If I work in it then I have done some art and that makes me feel good. Now this is true but on the other hand I never take the time to do a painting. Perhaps this is all part of the artist journey, discovering what you like, what you want to do and then discovering how to do it for yourself. Everything is not going to work the same way for everyone either. I think your stepping away for a bit is bound to be helpful to you. See you on the flip side.


  8. Maybe we could hang out a bit and enjoy our "uncompleted things" together--now that would be fun.

  9. I think that prompts are great when they help you create. But when they become something you "have to do" and it's no longer fun, it's time to move on to something else. I know that I often get stuck in a certain creating pattern. Meaning, I'll do only one type of art/craft and neglect the rest. I guess we need to find the happy middle.
    Enjoy your "time off"!

  10. Breaks are good, I know how you feel. I have beentrying to get things that I have committed to done so I can move on. I have a small album I started that I want to finish as it will hold some of my ACEO's, when that is done I will be ready to start something new.

  11. I will miss you Janet, but I definately won't give up on you. :) I know exactly what you mean, I blogged about the same topic. I suck at prompts, they just don't match up with why I journal. If I feel I want to create, and I'm stuck, then I might search out a prompt to get me going... but I usually just go off in my own way afterward.
    I made a commitment to myself to journal everyday, but I am far from finishing a page everyday. :)
    Enjoy your break!
    Much LOVE

  12. I too identify fully with what you're saying, Janet. I have only just started back into doing some canvas work with acrylics....I hadn't done any since the beginning of October last year and I'm loving it! I still love sketching too but I'm glad to be making time for my beloved acrylics again.

    My advice would be to only do what grabs you...while prompts can often be handy when one can't think of anything to paint or create....for me, prompts would feel like pressure and I'm sure I would end up burning out too. That's what I liked about the Everyday Matters sketch challenges....there is a prompt each week but you don't have to do it if you don't want to. I've got three sketchbooks that I'm gradually filling up with the Everyday Matters challenges but I choose which one I want to do on any given day. Just commit yourself to doing some form of art each day, not necessarily a journal page.

    If you're not having fun, it's not working. Release yourself from the pressure of doing each and every prompt. You will feel much better for it.

  13. We all need a break from time to time. The important thing is that we'll be al here when you're back with your creative posts.
    This week I'ev been working on my BOS, using those gorgeous papers I won on your giveaway - imagine that I was saving them for something really special, and I finally found the perfect use for them! I need new section dividers to my binder BOS, so I'm carefully choosing the papers that match the subjects and am making collages and drawings - Lucas made a lovely Samhain/Halloween page for me. As soon as I dare, I'll take some photos to post.

    Hope yur Spring is full of light and fun. Carpe Diem!

    Kisses from Nydia.

  14. Sometimes prompts are helpful and inspiring, sometimes not so much...I've stepped aside from doing most of those kinds of things now, because I was starting to feel 'boxed in' - it just wasn't working for me anymore. Plus the kinds of things I really, really enjoy doing, aren't something I can knock out in a couple of hours or even a day (or two or more...). What I love doing, takes as long as it takes - and I've been asking myself, why should I stress over meeting someone else's arbitrary deadline, when what I really want to do is improve my skills while doing something that's meaningful for me?
    At least that's part of my self-talk, when I still sometimes get frustrated at the quantity (or lack thereof) of my work, compared with others who finish so many projects, so quickly. And then I ask, so why am I comparing myself to others anyway?! That's a tough habit to kick, but I'm trying to give that up too.
    Guess what I'm trying to say in this long-winded comment, is - we're all on a search for what's meaningful and works best for us - hope you find what you are looking for (and me too ;)!

  15. Oh Janet...if i had a dollar for every time I felt this way. I totally know what you're happened to me when I was posting a journal page every day on the blog..we make these commitments with ourselves for good reason..and then I know in my case..I am someone who prides myself on not going back on my word. So if I said I was going to make a page a day..then a page a day it will be. No more... have fun with what you're doing...and get out those paints!

  16. Ditto.....Amen, after reading 15 comments I must say I think they pretty much covered any thoughts I might have about this. The main thing in my opinon is be FREE and have FUN, at our age life is to short not to enjoy every moment you can.

  17. Anonymous6:49 AM

    I fully understand what you are saying...especially about feeling "locked in a box of commitment." Even online classes sort of lock one in, I think. Go with your ideas and don't worry about having to create something every day. Besides, you imposed that commitment upon yourself... life is too what you want or feel like doing artisically. I was looking at that monthly sketchbook project too but I think I'll pass, maybe later.

  18. Janet,
    I have to say I sure do understand totally. I find myself overwhelmed by all I want to do and not having enough hours in the day in addition to all I need to do around here. I signed up for Suzi's class and haven't even downloaded all the lessons, let alone done any drawing! I have decided I'm not good at online classes. I guess you have to really be motivated and committed to them, and I don't seem to have that discipline right now.
    I would be terrible at following promts everyday! I do try to do the THREE MUSES weekly prompt now and then, but I like it because you don't have to commit...I've never been one to join clubs and commit to causes either, sO just not my forte. I like being a loner to be honest. Too much coffee, sorry for rambling...just do what YOU want to do, have fun, and don't put pressure on yourself. See you whenever! :) xoxo betzie

  19. Enjoy yourself and I look forward to seeing the finished projects when you are back with us.

  20. How could I give up on you when you show that stack of gorgeous rainbow hued paper just waiting to be used!

  21. We enjoy you and your art....but understand we all need time to regroup.

  22. Hey, Janet. Thoughtful and thought-provoking post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    I think you're on the right track of knowing what your next step should be. Just follow your heart. I think prompts are great for giving us ideas that hopefully will move us forward. As far as finishing a project, sometimes what you need happens somewhere within the process of creating something, and when you get what you need, you move to something else. My definition of "finished" is when I get what I need whether or not I complete the project. Make sense? Hope so.

    Take time to find balance and when things are right, you'll return feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and I'll be here to welcome you back.

    When you have a chance, take a breather on my blog. I'm having a giveaway. Maybe you need some new hand painted fabrics to inspire your next project. Hah!

    You are loved.

  23. Actually Janet..iyt makes plenty of sense. I feel that way all the time. Personally I am not a 'prompt' ind odf gal..I realized that the same way you did.! haha. My journal s ofar this year is s a d .haha I say d owhat you love..what makes you happy.

  24. Well gear up, because Spring is officially here tomorrow and you'll not have that for an excuse in 3 months. LOL I was just scrolling down through your art. Such an evolved talent. I remember when you questioned weather you could do this type stuff, and look at you now. The sky is the limit.

  25. Janet - I am waitng with bated breath to see what you will be doing next! I started the art journal thing and got interrupted with my trip to see my dd, and now since coming back I feel so out of place etc cant seem to concentrate on anything let alone art!! oh well... I will wiat for the art mojo to come back! see you when youre next here!

  26. I understand how you feel. It's one thing doing something because you want to, but totally different if you feel it is expected.
    Paint what you want, the prompt could maybe taken less literally and you can put your own spin on it.
    Enjoy the break, see you soon..!

  27. I do is important to do what pleases you and nothing more. You are great.

  28. I know where you are coming from Jan ~ give yourself some grace ~ I love the person you are and that is what keeps me coming back to visit. Blessings friend! Peace & Joy!

  29. Breathe in, breathe out and repeat till calm.

    Have a good break Janet!

  30. Janet,
    I enjoyed this thoughtful post…
    Let’s face it what may inspire one person just may not inspire another. So I can see
    how a prompt a day may not work unless you and your prompter are on the same page…
    Sometime we need a break from what we do to replenish our energy…well that what I keep telling myself however my break has been too long…

    Enjoy what you do because you do it so well…


  31. I think we are both missing...maybe we are in the same looney bin! heehee! I am busy being creative, too! Hope you're having a great week!♥ See you later! ♥

  32. I think a lot of us are taking a little time here and there. And yes, I think I am about ready for the looney bin! Enjoy yourself. xoxo

  33. You have done so much already this year so it's a good thing you are taking a break.
    Do what YOU do the best for YOU.
    Sometimes it's just too overwhelming to be creative every day. (IMHO)

    Waiting for your off-blogging time creations, I am sure you are doing something fantastic.

  34. I sure do understand where you coming from Janet. I have alot of
    UFOs (un finished projects)laying around. But you take a break and as long as you want too. Lord knows I have been away too much and too often. Stop by when you can and see what I won, it really lifted my spirits!

  35. Now Janet, you just hurry up and get those things done, ya hear? So I can see your eye candy and add it all to my own wish list of "things I'd like to try but can't get started". xoxoxo

  36. Just stopped by to say I'm thinking of you

  37. I've neither felt inspired nor committed lately. Maybe it's just the rest of the world going on around me. Still, you are DOING it -- and I'm not. There is SOmuch to be said for that!


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