I love working out ideas in my graph paper notebooks - so I wanted my blog page to have a graph paper background!
When I'm sketching ideas on those graph paper pages, I feel more creative, and the ideas just flow!

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As I drew these ideas, the following thoughts kept me company:

  • how often I ignore an idea that flits across my mind
  • how even the most full-fledged idea takes grunt-work before it suffers itself to be committed to paper
  • how much fun the grunt-work is, even when it's frustrating

Doing anything creative is a battle, whether with your ideas, your materials, or, most commonly, with the voices in your head that sing whatever your particular Greek-chorus refrain is:

  • This is a stupid idea!
  • Get up and walk the dog!
  • Oh look, that line is too thin/fat/wobbly/wrong!
  • I have no talent.
  • I think I need a snack.
  • I think I need a cup of tea.
  • I think I need another snack.
  • I'll never get this right.
  • Oh...look...that's sorta' cool...

How often do I quit before I get to that last line? How often does my internal Greek chorus put the kibosh on an idea?
I write this to encourage us all in our endeavors in this world. Being an artist puts a fine point on the discussion, but I notice the principle applies in every area of my life where I'm called upon to make something happen, to initiate, start, to begin a new endeavor.

Which brings me to Easter, where we were all given a new beginning, and for which I am eternally grateful.

 

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