Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Long-Suffering Creative Instinct


Hey guys, the UK is experiencing stunning weather right now and all I can hear is kids playing and birds chirping. Aside from the beautiful things the weather brings though I've had a pretty crappy few days. These 10 mins sketches are the only creative things I've had the willpower to do:
In the usual way of crappy days they were naturally followed by crappy nights, but as I lay awake browsing on my iphone I came across this artist & this video (watch it I guarantee it will inspire you):
Although not exactly what the video is about it gave me a groggy 4am realisation that no matter how crappy things might be we are so lucky that we still have a creative instinct within us, some place the rest of the world cannot get in. Today I still felt like I didn't want to create for more than a few minutes, but what I was grateful for was the fact I had the drive to do it in the first place:

And I actually liked the result! Not only that but it gave me a new technique that I want to develop in the future (& perhaps even a subliminal message of reasons for happiness?!). 

I know I don't often do the 'spiritual-arty-farty-love' thing but today I am, because art reminded me (once again) to have faith in it & in our creative instinct. Because no matter what, our creative instinct has places to take us...even when we are unwilling to go and the poor thing has to drag us there kicking and screaming!!!
Much love to you guys & your own (hopefully better treated than mine) creative instincts lol xxx

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the video. I love at the end where he says he figures he will just sell the book himself!

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  2. Great post...I love the bit where he says No one can stop you trying...Isn't great when you find a new technique... :)

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  3. Nice post, good for you for following your creative heart even if it feels a bit faint. xox

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  4. What a great video.
    I've been going through a shitty few weeks too. I found this the other day that blew me away. It's a clip from the US version of You think you can Dance. It is so moving. http://www.all-the-wright-stuff.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/you-have-to-watch-this.html

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  5. We all have highs and lows, ups and downs, with creativity, I think. I have wondered myself that, with youtube and blogging, if I don't get more worried about what other people think of what I'm doing, you know? That it isn't quite the same as when I just did things for me and nobody else, if that makes any sense. I'm more critical, I guess, knowing I will be posting it. But we shouldn't care. They say--dance like nobody's watching. Well, we should create like nobody's watching--LOL! ;)

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  6. Good for you! I love a girl who knows when to stop and smell the roses.

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  7. it is so cool to be on someone's Blog ^_^ and i am so glad to know that the video affected people in such a positive way. thank you so much.

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  8. Thanks, Jenni. I needed this right now. (There must be something in the stars that is affecting us! LOL)

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  9. Very very cool that you shared this video and reveal yourself to us. I love that about you (as well as your creative stuff) :-)

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  10. Sometimes our creativity screams at us to get to it and sometimes it just whispers or is just silent (ugh!) Glad you were to hear it just a little bit:) Thanks for sharing the video! Glad to know you are having good weather!

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  11. Fantastic, thank you so much for sharing. I hope you are feeling better soon, go give that lovely dog of yours a cuddle that will help.

    Take Care, and look forward to viewing your new exciting work.

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  12. The video is very inspirational. Thank you or sharing it! I hope you will soon feel more inspired to create, although the work you did in a short time is equally amazing. That's talent. :)

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  13. Your post resonated with me so deeply. I can so relate to the lows and the insights that come from it. Enjoy your new ideas - thanks for sharing today's art & looking forward to seeing what you create!

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  14. Jenni even on your "crappy" days you still turn out MARVELOUS things. I believe us artsy types have a true shadow side. We can let that shadow overtake us or take us over the hump and show us wonderful creative inspirational admirable sights! You are so loved by so many. Feel perky soon!

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  15. Such an inspiring post, THANK YOU!! :]

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  16. Jennie, this is great. So much inspiration here... you always amaze me. Your quick sketches are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing all that you do. xoxo

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