Creative Cycle: Regrouping for the Next Round

25 Jul

You have just completed a wonderful project – a beautiful painting has come to fruition, the last bit of chiseling has evoked that final bit of expression from the stone, that last touch of reverb has put the perfect bit of finishing sparkle on your track.

And now you are sharing, and getting lots of “likes” and hits on your sites, and invitations for collaboration, and your mind is rushing with new ideas for new projects.  You are full of potential, and you can do anything!

Well – my friend – welcome to the world of manic exultation, a very common emotional checkpoint for artists at the completion of intense work – especially of intense work which made a good finish.

So now, being the wise, seasoned artist that you are, you are giving yourself a few days to process through this bit of natural mania – to use this powerful energy for sharing, for caring, for socializing, for catching up in very positive ways with your worlds.  It is a great time to make up for perhaps a rather extended period of isolation during the intensity of your creative process.

And so now you have a somewhat different struggle.  For with the manic feelings, there comes a bit of potential for the compulsive behaviors.  Full of self-esteem, some of your cautionary boundaries may be a bit weakened.  There is a careful balance to be struck here.  For it can be a good thing if you are feeling particularly bold – to take a risk you have feared taking.  That might be reaching out socially, or making a new investment, or taking action on a difficult decision which has been put off.

The other emotion set you may be arriving at is some depression, some despair, some feeling of wash out.  Like the cocaine addict or the speed addict after the drug has run its course, you find yourself somewhat physically and emotionally exhausted.  This is also natural.  You have busted your butt finishing a great work.  You need a few days to recoup – to reconnect with your regular creative and mundane routines – to remember that the ultimate self-nurturing is the little baby steps you are taking each day in creative works in progress.

So be cognizant of these challenges during this challenging point in the creative cycle – this point of project completion and slowly re-charging and re-balancing to prepare for a new round of creative work.  Go ahead and take a few risks. Just give yourself a big hug, and care to nurture yourself and those around you.  Take a moment to thank the Creator for the gift of creative partnership with Her.  Sit with these strong feelings – with this strong power that is pulsing from within you.

and spark on to new heights!


Leave a comment

Posted by on July 25, 2012 in creative cycle


Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Mixed Media Art Group

A Group of Mixed Media Artists and Photographers

4am Writer

Survival Guide for Writers


Adventures in Watercolor Painting and Sketching, Watercolour Magazine, with Charlie O'Shields

Business in Rhyme

inspiring personal growth through poetry and writing

leaf and twig

where observation and imagination meet nature in poetry

Attila Ovari

Loving Life and Inspiring Others

Color by Klimbim

The Journey: Rediscovering Myself

Finding motivation to change my life for the better


Stan Stewart - the muse is present


Because if You're Going to Lie, Lie Yourself the TRUTH

John SterVens' Tales

Thee Life, Thee Heart, Thee Tears

Simple Tom

Some say I was born high. Others say i'm just simple :)

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

The Evolution of Eloquence

Improving the English language one letter at a time


Just another site


Just Click It

LEANNE COLE - The Photographer's Mentor

Fine Art Photographer ~ Daring to be Different

%d bloggers like this: