(Closed) NWR Creative frustration

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

The pressure is there so you are losing the motivation.  That’s ok.  Despite having been creative in the past, that’s ok that you can’t find it now.  I know you want to save money with your stationary but to avoid stress and headache, I would just find one you like and pay for it.

If you want to be creative in the future, maybe do one of those guided painting classes where they walk you through each step.  Or else do a craft from Pinterest that is step-by-step.  Sometimes when you just have a blank canvas it’s overwhelming, but when you have instructions to walk you through it helps.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

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ninakins:  Are you sure that all of your past failures/dead ends are not a case of you just be much to harsh a critic on your own work?

I can relate a bit because I am a creative person but never developed any real ability.  And I am familiar with the frustration & discouragement that comes from things not turning out anything like what’s in your minds eye.  I didn’t put nearly as much into trying to develope ability as you though.  I wonder if some of your work actually is good, or at least promising and you just don’t see it.    

These days I’m finding fulfillment by creating in the kitchen.  The fleeting, temporary nature of food really takes the frustration and heartbreak out of the equation.  It’s the permanent nature of visual arts that I couldn’t deal with I think.  I’m just not cut out for it, it made me feel bad instead of good.  And sometimes i felt obsessive/compulsive feelings over it.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

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ninakins:  Why don’t you show us some of the stuff you’ve photographed/made?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

first, i think you’re being hard on yourself–you’ve got some beautiful work there! but honestly, if drawing or photography isn’t making you happy, why are you doing it? just stop. step away, take a break. explore creative mediums that AREN’T drawing/painting. have you thought about writing? what about pottery? cross-stitch? knitting? shit, coloring? lol. 

i get like that sometimes, but my medium of choice is writing (poetry). i’ve been published, it’s what my degree is in, but it was SO MUCH EASIER to write things when i was experiencing emotional turbulence because it was a release. now that i’m happy and stable, i’m like…everything i write sucks and i hate it and i’m never doing it again! lol. it’s at those moments that i step away and grab a coloring book, or i paint, or i taught myself how to knit (poorly) or i DIY some project. just so i can keep creating, but without the pressure to be good at the thing i should be good at, if that makes sense. sometimes my break is 2 weeks, it’s been as long as 2 years, but it’s always worth it. 

hang in there 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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ninakins:  I’m creative in very different ways, but I feel you. I personally got totally burnt out by my wedding last October and couldn’t get up the will to create anything for months. What I found helpful was doing something “tried and true” (for me, that’s sewing the baby set I make for every baby shower I ever attend. I could do this in my sleep). Once I just get my mind back in that space and have a “success” because it’s something easy, I find it easier to get into a groove and move on to more challenging things. I’m not sure what that would look like in your field, but I thought I’d put it out there in case it helps. 

Also… our engagement pictures were done at The Last Bookstore! I love that place 🙂 

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Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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ninakins:  i hope you find some relief from the frustration. i know it’s tough! i’d be interested to see how you’d do by taking a coloring book and “illustrating” it. so coloring it in, adding to the pages (which will be drawing, but not starting with nothing), etc. 

either way, i think you did a beautiful job with the things you shared!! frustrating or not you are talented, so don’t give up!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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ninakins:  Are you talking about things you do for a living, or things you do for fun? Everyone needs to make money and if you aren’t making as much as you’d like with creative jobs, the choices are either learn to be happy with what you make from creative jobs, or expand the fields you’re willing to work in. Not everyone gets to be rich by doing what they love. I’m not passionate about my job, but it allows for a comfortable life and I have fun and passion in my off-hours. It’s fine. If you’re talking about things you do for fun, well… if it’s for fun then it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s NICE when you’re good at the things you enjoy, but it’s not required in order to enjoy them. My voice is so horrible my own kids asked me to stop signing them lullabies. But I like singing so I said nope and kept on. If you insist on perfection, I guess you could keep trying to find other talents. How are you with databases? I can spend hours pefecting a database — normalizing the data, resorting records, creating pivot tables and reports… Maybe give that a try.

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