No More Creative Constipation! Art Picnic: June 17th

June 3rd, 2009

It's nearly time for another Art Picnic adventure. Yay! I'm super excited to share this class with you!

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fly fly fly, created at recent art picnic

I have a confession to make.

I get a bit nervous about talking on the phone. I've done a bunch of phone interviews in the last year, a few calls and classes, and they've all gone smoothly, but each time I've had a wave of anxiety wash over me before I spoke. It's getting easier, the anxiety is less each time, but speaking, for this introvert, can be a bit unnerving.

I could simply stop doing this sort of thing, but I really love sharing this work. I feel that it's powerful and important. Yes, it's simple, but the most powerful stuff is often the simplest. And the things I share in the Art Picnic class are essential parts of what helped me though my worst creative blocks, stuff I wish someone had shared with me when I was going through it.

My worst creative stuckage happened after I graduated from art school. My head was literally bursting with the voices of all the teachers I had and unfortunately, the loudest ones were the negative voices. Teamed up with my inner critic, these voices had me way too scared to create anything at all. I went months without painting or drawing and a full year without creating much at all.

If you're a creative person (and I know you are), then you know that creative stuck can lead to the feeling of build-up, like a dam that's over-extended and ready to burst. It affects all parts of your life, leading you to feel on edge,  frustrated, and not so fun to be around. Well, it's like being creatively constipated! Heh. Not pleasant!

No more creative constipation!

The way out for me was scheduling some time with myself to be playful, to give myself permission to fail wildly, and to create from my heart. In the Art Picnic class, I share the main tools to help you get started, get playing, and keep that momentum going. It's a gentle approach and I think that's the best way to get back to your creativity. Even if you're not blocked, scheduling some special time for you and your creative muse is a beautiful thing. Why not come play?

The next Art Picnic is happening Wednesday, June 17th from 8 - 10 p.m. EST (find out what time that is in your neck of the woods here.) It's only $25 and you can sign yourself up right over here.

An Art Picnic is all about quieting your gremlins and moving past your creative blocks so you can create freely. I'll be teaching you how to let your intuition guide you as you work, how to get playful with your art, and how to create from a place of joy, freedom, and authenticity.

The call consists of a half hour of sharing the essential parts having your own Art Picnic, 1 hour of creating on your own (with the ability to get in touch with me if you get stuck), and a final half hour of checking-in, sharing, and a few final tips to help you continue on the creative path. Check out all the details about the class here.

I loved what Teri wrote about her Art Picnic experience from the last workshop I gave. In the process, she learned that she could schedule some time for her creativity. And I love how she noted that it was a picnic with no ants! Ha! Very true!

It's so vital to schedule time for our creativity. Signing up for a class like this can be a huge help in making a commitment to yourself. It's fabulous self-care, so nurturing, and healing to set aside this kind of time.

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know. I hope to see you there!

6 Responses

See, I’m one of those people who has trouble playing with my art and not having everything be so “serious”. And considering I’ve just come out of a long period of creative constipation, I could probably do with this.

If I get some extra monies, I am so gonna be there :)

(But if not, promise me you’ll do this again? And again? And again? :)

Sarah xoxo

Absolutely! Allowing ourselves to open up and play allows for new ways of seeing things. It ‘refills the creative well’. Our ’striving’ for the ‘perfect piece of art’ (or the one we think will be good enough) tends to stifle the very essence of it.

Thanks for the reminder!
All the best!

It is rather comforting to hear others have gone through something similar. It took me 3 years to really get back to drawing and painting after I graduated from art school. I took up crochet and quilting to keep busy during that time. When I found myself designing my own embroidery patterns for my crazy quilts is when I finally broke down and bought myself a sketchbook.

I also share that phone phobia. I am okay with talking to people if they call me, but actually placing the call, even if they ask me to, I completely freeze up.

I totally get what you are talking about, Leah. It reminded me of how I felt after I graduated from college with my music degree. All those voices…we lose track of our own! k

I get terribly nervous about talking on the phone too, Leah. It’s been like that my whole life. I’m much better in e-mail and in person. But it’s so strange. What is it about that little headset thingy that makes me panic, and rehearse, and procrastinate. When I check in every week on what I’ve accomplished and what was left undone, there are always phone calls on the “undone” list.

I won’t be at your art picnic because it’s 2 to 4 am here in Italy, but I think it’s a great idea. Have fun!

What an incredibly awesome idea…i have never heard of this before………an art picnic is just what the doctor ordered for many of us!

Yes…….those voices…..the inner critic can be horrid!

Love, Violette

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