All worded out. Sometimes even writers grow tired of words. They get worn out by words and the process of digging and excavating. Sometimes the block is so palpable and immovable, the writer’s heart is weighted down with heavy sighs and groans desiring to express the longing in the soul. They want to write the words, but they refuse to end wrestled to the page. Enter the need to find an alternate creative practice that invites a different kind of mind and heart connection – splashing paint.
Because writer’s block is real, sometimes the best thing I can do for myself is to pause and do something different. So I choose to create. And for me that’s either doing things like found poetry, art journaling, hand lettering, or painting. Today I’ll talk to you about painting. This isn’t so much a how to post as it is a what I do when I get stuck post. I make art. I watercolor, use acrylics, or use oil crayons. There’s no goal other than allowing my hands to love across the page drawing and painting whatever comes. It’s a different way for me to use my creative voice.
Painting is one of those activities that doesn’t require that you know what you’re going to do before you do it, at least not if you’re doing it as a creative hobby practice. You can come to an blank page or canvas, and do whatever you want with whatever you have on hand to get out of your system what needs to be said that goes beyond words. That is the beauty of painting, coloring, and even mixing medias. More often than not they help me find me words again, relieve stress, and give me time to be gracious and compassionate toward myself. Sometimes, the words just need to rest, and that’s okay.
Tell me your painting stories. I’d love to hear them. What do you do when the words won’t come? Share your creative practice.
In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.