Studio practice has noticeable ebbs and flows in terms of productivity, sales, exhibiting and marketing. There is also an energy flow that is less specific and harder to quantify that runs through our days in the studio. Sometimes our energy is strong, and we feel carried along by ideas and excitement, and other times we feel sluggish, lack ideas, and must push ourselves to even go to the studio. When we lose creative momentum, it’s hard to feel we’re doing our best work. What is creative momentum, and how can we create and sustain it?
The official definition of momentum is in terms of physics and it is rather technical. In simple words, momentum has to do with the mass of an object that produces motion. If an object is moving, then an object has momentum, and something with a lot of momentum is hard to stop. In this case the word has a much more popular, non-technical use, and that's how we want to address it today. Creative momentum is the feeling of flow and energy in your work that keeps you excited, involved, and motivated in the studio. It's when you and your work are a positive force in motion.
Creative momentum is affected by events in your life and creative cycle and recognizing what the reasons are when you find yourself losing it. If you're typically a person with energy and focus, when you lose that it can be distressing. But we all tend to return to what is normal for us and it is helpful to understand that this loss of momentum is temporary. You can also help maintain momentum by looking for the continuity in your work. When you realize that your work continues despite ups and downs it can provide optimism.
Experiencing a break in your momentum is a very common--even inevitable--issue, with various causes, and unfortunately, it can easily lead to a general malaise and a period of self-criticism. But it is interesting to consider momentum in physics terms when this happens. Our episode today may help you think about energy, motion, and loss of motion in a more objective way, because while these are scientific principles, all of these can also be applied in some ways to an art practice.
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What's new at Cold Wax Academy?
Rebecca and Jerry have just announced their topics for Fall Quarter which begins October 12. With a special focus on member participation, they are planning a couple of new features--one will be online mentoring to help with issues in creative practices, and one session this quarter will be devoted to members tracking their painting progress over the past year. The quarterly member critique and a painting clinic for works in progress will also be featured, along with further information on professional development. You can sign up for one of two membership levels at any time, and catch up on the past two years of recorded weekly sessions at your own pace.
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Also-- stay tuned for information coming soon about Rebecca and Jerry's newest project, Espacio, dedicated to providing beautiful living and working spaces for artists and writers. Espacio's first offering is Casa Clavel, a modern, fully equipped house opening this September in the beautiful cultural city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. You can learn more and make a reservation by emailing [email protected]. A dedicated Espacio website is coming soon!
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