As I headed back from a trip to the opening of “Diaspora: Stories of Migration” at the Textile Museum at Georgetown University I was feeling inspired and ready to create. Now that I am home I don’t seem to be getting much done……….
What creates or supports artistic energy?
“When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”
— Dr. Seuss
In a recent post my Marie Shell” blog “Tales of a Sticher” , she was reviewing her activity in March. Amazingly this very productive artist, mother of kids still in school, lecturer, writer and teacher has time to keep track of her activities from morning til night in a daily journal. From 7:30 until 9 she was at the computer, from 9-11 she put in hours for an arts organization, etc… She was in her studio working and even recorded the time she took to knit at the end of the day!
I am retired and have no real “responsibilities” besides a modest amount of volunteer work . This week I read, had drinks on the patio with neighbors, watched golfers go by, hiked in the desert, binged watched TV, cuddle with my dogs, shopped online, hemmed pants and experimented with veggies on the grill (yum!), but spent little time in my studio creating.
So what’s my excuse!
- I don’t have an immediate deadline
- It’s just too nice outside
- Game of Thrones started
- I reading a great series of books
- My first grandchild is due any day now
- I am just a few pounds from my goal weight and need to get my 10,000 steps
- My dog has allergies and needs his bath everyday
- I am waiting for my creative juices to flow
- Busy writing this blog post……
Really I am just not putting in the hours in my studio that I had prior to finishing my juried artist portfolio (JAM) and applying to some key exhibits. My recent post “Scheduling Time Off” should have clued me into a slump of productivity on my horizon.
In a quick google search for “slump” I found an interesting information about everything from sports slumps to slumps in revenue. Suggestions ranged from using the stages of grief to deal with a slump starting with anger and moving toward acceptance. Many authors suggested starting with clean work space and making a list of the good habits that keep you productive or post written goals in your office. Find a mentor! Get a life coach! Etc, etc, etc…..
All good suggestions, but what stuck a chord with me was an article in the business section of the Guardian. The article suggested that a slump in productivity can be a positive signal of huge shifts leading to massive improvements in productivity on a large scale.
“Indeed, when radical innovations are rolled out, their immediate effect is to reduce, not raise, productivity.”
Why a productivity slump can be a harbinger of better times
While I am not out of slump, I am framing this slowdown in production as a natural process that will lead to an increased level of creativity and new ideas that will rock my world. In the meantime, I have cleaned my studio, went to a friend’s house to learn a new technique for free motion quilting (Thank you Carrolee!) and started working on a project “Namaste” which I plan to enter into “Sacred Threads” .
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop”
Until next time……