the creative cycle + daily log
two paintings, side by side, on Flickr.
I've been keeping a daily log for three months now - something that many creative people recommend.
I am usually willing to give almost anything a try but it doesn't stick unless I find a system that works for me. When I started a new planner in August, I began using the "week at a glance"/daily planning pages to log my daily happenings.
Yesterday, I experienced a surge of creativity. Everything seemed effortless. On days like this, I lose track of time, I forget to eat and I find myself spontaneously singing and dancing while painting in my studio. These days are magical for me. These are the days I live for. And...most days aren't like this. When I looked back at my log, though, I noticed that I had a similar day in the studio 2 1/2 weeks ago. This surprised me. It felt like it had been months...
After years and years of having days like this, I have finally accepted the fact that I can't make them happen. My job is to show up everyday for my creative practice and let go of results. On most days, I feel disappointed with the results but with more and more practice, I have also learned to trust this as part of the process. In addition to the creative practice itself, I need to take care in making sure I participate in activities that fill (rather than deplete) my creative well. *This is another blog post altogether - managing the emptying and filling takes such vigilance.
|meet Bertha, she was finished yesterday|
Just a little post script: With my daily log, I have noticed a few other patterns too. I have noticed weekly patterns - ones I want to be more conscious of that aren't benefiting me and ones that I need to accept (rather than resist). Discovering these patterns has been empowering for me.
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