When I was studying The Book of the Hopi, I came across the phrase "seeds in the sky like stars." It stuck with me. As artists we are constantly under pressure to come up with creative ideas - what to paint or photograph, how to promote ourselves, how to grow our artistic experiences - plant seeds for future projects.
But sometimes you just feel empty. Margie Middleton-Hudson recently wrote about waking up one morning to discover that her website was gone. Everything - her photos, her creative life had disappeared.
This time of year it's difficult to see any of the seeds you might have planted. The ground is cold and hard. So how do we, as artists, go about the business of creating our ideas without burning out?
Margie talked about an earlier post of mine, Life Lessons From The Pursuit of Art, and she wrote honestly about her response to what I'd written. I saw myself in each of her answers. In the blog world, in our local artist communities - there's overwhelm in the information available, telling us how to do everything except maintain balance and create in the face of the unknown.
When circumstances overwhelm us there are ways to take back our power. Our experiences are not ours alone, and we can learn from others.
How to you face creative overwhelm? What strategies, practices, and thinking work best for you?
How do you plant seeds in the sky like stars?