The artistic personality tends towards some obsessiveness, some compulsiveness, some mania and some depression. It is understandable. After all, we are special partners with the Creator in His ongoing work of renewing and illuminating this world. When you touch a hot stove, of course you are going to get burned! We are touching THE Hot Stove on a daily basis as creative personalities.
One particularly challenging moment in our creative cycle is coming off of the exultation from completed work, especially work that is being well received. The exultation of work completed and completed well is a great gift and we should relish these moments. But they are brief moments – they are not moments when we are engaged in creative work, rather they are points in time when we can hug ourselves a bit, congratulate ourselves a bit, store in our memory banks, for the hard times in our process, this evidence of our capacity to endure, to reach the end, to create meaningful work which will reach others.
Ironically, at these points, are mind is rushing with ideas, full of confidence in the potential to make anything we touch work, and we are sorely tempted to jump right into the next creative project. Our Composer of Music for Art recently completed a wonderful set of abstract flowers for presentation on her website.
The art/music pairings worked out well and there is a lot of excitement about the potential of the presentation to draw attention to the website and to the artist’s work. This anticipated success speaks directly to the our Composer’s goals with her websiteCr.
Surprisingly, these moments of excitement, fulfillment, optimism, are not necessarily the best points to jump into new creative projects.
Rather, you may discover some benefit in channeling this intense energy through some filters. The most important steps right now are sharing. You have been somewhat isolated during the creative work. Now you can share the work, look at the work others have been up to and comment on their activity. Use this rush of enthusiasm, of joy, of optimism, to energize others, even as you promote your recent work. Use this time of extreme self esteem to cultivate relationships a bit, to make a new friend, maybe a new lover.
And as your heart gradually stops pounding quite so hard, you will find the voice again, and the mindset again, that addresses the baby steps necessary to lay foundations for new creative work.