This is one of the greatest challenges we face when we look into the mirror of creativity and I feel like it's incredibly important to address.
Here I'll respond to an experience everyone has in common when it comes to spending time with your unique creativity trying to create "something":
What do you do when you don't like what you've created?
Watch this video where I share more about the process of being face to face with a creative project we really don't love.
First, let's understand what it feels like when we don't like what we've created.
The entire situation seems to creep up on us unexpectedly. An unwelcome surprise.
You finally get some time to yourself to spend on your own unique art...you're enthusiastic because you hardly ever have the time you wish you did to spend on this.
It's going really well, the tunes are jamming in the background and you feel in the groove while you work.
You lose track of time and it feels amazing.
But then, you make that one extra mark...
... and then ...
....suddenly, you don't love what you've done.
And I mean, really don't love it.
That's when the feelings start rushing to the surface.
The feeling of disappointment in what you've created can be painful.
As an art teacher for the past 17 years, I hear the multitude of ways this sentiment is expressed. But it all feels the same, disappointing and painful.
If you've ever felt this way, I want you to know you're not alone.
Most of us are truly pressed with our time, so getting to have a few moments to devote to our creative projects and dreams can feel incredibly precious.
When it came to my own Art Nurture journey, I realized that creating a way to acknowledge these very real feelings and process them was vital for creative process.
The real key is knowing what it is that's happening in the moment when the disappointment arises and then, what you do with, through, and after these feelings to create sustainability in your creative process.
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