Some Days You Just Need To Paint
Something’s changed. Something’s shifted. Like the creative lights in my head have switched on. They’re not fully illuminated just yet, but flickering, slowly charging up and brightening. Let me tell you, it’s much better now compared to the past couple months of me stumbling around in a dark room waiting for the power to come back on. (Sidebar: don’t wait for inspiration to hit you, keep blowing up that line till it hits you back.)
If you’ve been keeping up with me as of late, you may have noticed I’ve been sharing a lot of old, archived material via Instagram. I don’t know why I sit on things for so long. The occasional new thing. A bunch of random things. Pieces to a million different puzzles I’m trying to put together simultaneously. But I’ve definitely have been in a consistent creative flow as of late and I’m loving it. I feel a little bit more – me.
I haven’t been sharing any of it. Teasing it if anything. I’ve been working on perfecting my craft. Learning and purposefully practicing techniques and tricks I find in books and on the web. I think it’s bad practice to say you’re up to something before anything happens, but maybe I’m up to something.
I’ve been so caught up in trying to create “masterpieces”, but focusing on such things doesn’t make the process enjoyable. Suffering from being so critical of what I want to put out and ultimately putting nothing out at all. “Andrew, remember when you were making something out of nothing just for fun?” That’s when I feel like I’m at my best: uncaring, doing it for shits n’ gigs. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to share my best work. I’m searching for the happy medium between having fun and being on my Donald Glover tip. But recently a brother of mine sent me this quote in good timing.
“You don’t have to create a masterpiece every day. Some days you just need to paint.” – Vanessa Loya (via: @thinkgrowprosper)
As simple as that message was, it resonated with me so much. Like Andy Brinker realizing all he had to do was,“Skate. Better. Skate. Better. Mom, Skate better!” Daps if you caught that, but thank God for friends that send you messages that you need to be reminded of.
So here I am, painting in a dimly lit creative space. Actually, that sounds quite peaceful picturing it. Well, I’m painting mine. I hope you painting yours too.
Thanks for stopping by and taking some time to read this entry. If you’ve noticed the pattern, I’m trying to keep up with this blog, aiming to post every first Monday of the month. Working up to eventually sharing bi-weekly. Baby steps though. I’m still trying to figure out how all the pieces will fit together. So, for now, enjoy this work in progress.