Finding the Mojo | Muse | Motivation

Working on my rolling kitchen cart, I paint envelopes one color at a time. So I might use green on a bunch of envelopes. Then a bunch of, say, blue. And I keep going until each envelope has a variety of colors. Sometimes I add dots. I work quickly, not thinking about right/wrong, color palettes, the color wheel, tertiary colors, true magnetic north or anything scientificky. I don't micro-manage the outcome. I just get to work.

There's a lot of talk about the elusive creative muse, of mojo, some sort of magical-mysterious-complex concept which means different things to different people. So whether it means "the muse" or "creative energy" or "strength" or "motivation" or "determination" to you.... the idea is that we don't start {or make progress on} a creative project because we are waiting for something. Waiting for the muse, the answer, the plan. Sometimes we are too focused on the BIG PICTURE, the META version of the work, figuring out what we want that to be. The end result. We are looking at this version of the work in our minds and seeing how it could be. In one possible version of reality. Do you wait for the perfect plan, to know every aspect of the work, for a magic bullet, a formula? Maybe a paint-by-numbers plan works for scrapbooking or portrait painting. But it does not work for me. It does not work for my art journaling practice. It doesn't even work for my blog posts! 

I don't know what my artwork will look like when I am finished. Because I don't know the path I will take. 

Tell me... what you are waiting for? What will make it OK to start your project? Your page? Your index card?


By the way, there's just ONE set of 52 art journal prompt cards left in the shop at Etsy. There are smaller quantities available but larger sets will not be back in stock until mid-to-late July.