How to be creative when in a funk

Botanical Tidbit collages Kathy Ferguson mixed media
Botanical Tidbit works in progress

The dilemma of the creative process for me is that I impose pressure to make impressive, or at least good, creations. I worry they must be meaningful and pleasing, and if they aren’t, then self-doubt, fear and discouragement paralyze me from working.

In many ways, this quarantine has been a positive experience for me. I decided to let the pressure go (with no upcoming shows or commissions to finish) and just play around with the limited materials I had on hand (acrylics and junk mail).  I started small, making simple 6″ x 6″ painted collages.  Working on up to 12 paintings at a time, I skipped around between them if I got stuck. I let myself step back and make work that didn’t need to be good. And you know what happened?  My creativity came back.  I was excited to go to my studio every day and see what would happen next.  After finishing forty-two of these “Tidbits,” I was ready to move on to something more substantial.

 

Architect Tidbit Series Kathy Ferguson collage
Mounting the collage works on cradled panels

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