What can I say, lately I've just felt bored! I've read so many spiritual books, lately I'm reading "The Power of Now". In the book, the author states that the only way you can be bored is if you aren't living in the present moment. But what if your present moment feels like Groundhog's Day, and you can pretty much guess how tomorrow might play out as well?
I'm busting through boredom in my studio this fall, so I thought some tips might help other creatives do the same. One reason I never really completely master an art form is because once I get relatively good at something I want to move on and do something else already! I have a spirit that constantly needs fresh inspiration and new skills to master or I feel like the walls are closing in.
So without further ado, here are 10 tips to help you bust through boredom this fall!
1. Get into the seasonal spirit! With Halloween coming up there is no shortage of projects you could do to get in the spirit. Make some seasonal decor for your home, go to a pumpkin patch, make a costume for yourself or someone you love. Jason and I went to a pumpkin patch this afternoon and just seeing all the gnarly pumpkins made me think of Jack Skellington, ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night.
2. Try out a new skill that you've been wanting to learn about. I've been wanting to get into sewing my own clothes for eons now, so I'm taking the fall to try some new techniques and just learn from experimentation. When I first started sewing I upcycled thrift store clothes into bell bottoms and dabbled with making some hippie garb. And I miss it something terrible! Is there a hobby you used to love that you would like to explore more deeply today? There is no time like the present to dive deep into a new passion.
3. Go to a coffee shop with your sketchbook and do some life drawing. This is one suggestion that I've wanted to try for years. Unfortunately I'm really shy so I would be hesitant to follow through on this one. If you are bold and looking for a new way to bring your art to the streets, throw caution to the wind and sketch in public! You will no doubt have endless subjects to study and draw and can savor the flavor of public displays of art.
4. Make some small canvas art and leave surprises around your city! I did this last summer and it always felt delightfully devious and a bit like leaving treasures for people to find. Tuck a card in the back of the canvas, including a little sunshine for whomever finds the work.
5. Branch out and create a new series. I've been interested in graffiti art for a while now, and tonight I started a new series based on principles of graffiti. Look at your current portfolio as a whole and think about what ways you could bring in a new element to enhance your work. I'm going for a raw and playful edge to accent the portraits; what could you do to add a new dimension to your portfolio?
6. Bring your camera with you everywhere and be a tourist in your own city. Take photos of your daily grind and it will become a total adventure. Then you can bring the photos home and use them as inspiration for your art. Zoom in and get photos of texture, or create a series based on your hometown.
7. Volunteer time or resources to a cause you care about. There are all kinds of ways to get involved with charities in your home city or find some online. Especially look into charities where you can use your crafty skills for a good purpose. Project Linus accepts quilts for children, as does the Make a Wish Foundation. Make art cards for Letters Against Depression. Sew a quilt for a veteran. Make some cat and dog beds for the animal shelter, or donate some time or other resources.
I hope these ideas inspire you to get creative this fall! Bust through boredom and bring your creativity into a whole new dimension!