There is a lot of advice out there about unlocking creativity, breaking down the blockers, etc., and I’ve read some, it’s not currently working. I just keep falling through the hours until there is nothing to give except sit and feel tired. I have so many creative ideas throughout the day but then they pass.
These are my pathetic excuses:
I don’t want to start anything because then I have to commit to it and I can’t deal with commitment right now. Half the time I can’t concentrate enough to make a cup of tea without stuffing it up, so I don’t know how acting out creativity would go.
I think that my work won’t come out like I visualise it, with my mind so all over the place, so I don’t start.
No energy. That no energy thing really gets in the way of a lot of things.
No time. Actually, when I do have time, like at the end of the day, I have no energy and my ideas don’t seem so good anymore, even if I wrote them down. I think it will take me a really long time. I don’t seem to make the time- to prioritise a day for example.
What I did do tonight, that is good, is I read some more children’s books. They all have lovely illustrations and that is what I have been focusing on, how different types of illustrations are featured in picture books. All these books are created by writer/illustrators. Three completely different styles of illustration…
1. Hasel and Rose
Written and illustrated by Caroline Magerl
(Scratchy, sketchy line pictures with watercolour)
2. How long is a piece of String
Illustrated by Madeleine Meyer (no words)
(Black ink drawings with lots of cross hatching and pattern, with some bright coloured ink highlights and shading)
3. Draw me a Star
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
(Collage of painted papers cut into shapes)