I’ve not been doing well with Art Everyday Month, have I? I don’t know what it is, really, but I haven’t been enthusiastic about blogging or visiting blogs lately. Maybe it’s blog fatigue?
Well, I don’t want to leave 9 Moons Ago in the lurch, so it’s time to think about what I can do to re-inspire myself.
When I first launched into this site I was heavily inspired by Loobylu and Danny Gregory, and I still like those blogs a lot, but I don’t get the same feeling about them that I had back in February of 2004. Along the way I discovered other blogs, some of which I’ve yet to link to, and they’ve all proved to be inspiring as well, yet lately I don’t do much more than drop in and quickly read them. I rarely comment on any these days. Perhaps I’ve been relying too much on other blogs as my main source of inspiration for my own, when there is so much out there that I’m not looking at.
I know that before I had my bipolar episode this year, I was reading and writing with much passion, and doing artwork that I was proud of. Had ideas in the works and felt that I was ready to tackle bigger artistic projects. Before and after the hospital, I began writing some strange entries, and then out of nowhere came poetry. Some of it good, some of it not. And as I recovered, I felt that my regular writing began to be more matter-of-fact, boring even: “Today I did this. Tomorrow I might do that.” And I felt I’d lost my way with creating, even though I did some art on the computer, and a little bit of sketching here and there.
I know that I can get back to a place of inspiration and motivation again, but right now I’m not there yet. Forcing myself to draw every day is not the answer. Although Art Everyday Month isn’t about forcing the work, it just feels forced to me if I’m not excited by what I’m doing. So I’ve decided to have a good think session and see what ideas I can come up with to jump-start my creativity. It might be doing the Artists Way or Vein of Gold (creativity workbooks), but it might not be. I have a problem with starting things and not finishing them, so it might be better to come up with a plan of my own. Completion being one goal.
Perhaps the answer won’t lie in doing artwork right now, although I know I’ll still be making art. Perhaps my inspiration will come from other sources. I’ve got some ideas, but I’m keeping tight lipped about them right now.
So I’m making it a goal to reverse this trend of withdrawal, and start sharing myself and my enthusiasm once more. I’m not going to say when or how often I’ll post here, or make a commitment of having art on every post. I’m going to think about when, how and why I started this blog, and what I want it to become. I’m going to think of ways to re-inspire myself and what I want to say to people. I’m going to brainstorm, experience, work and play. I’m going to reflect, refresh, and evaluate. We’ll see where it goes from here….