I had a great conversation with a client the other day about stress in the studio.
It can feel like a lot of pressure to continually push out fantastic work in your style day after day to satisfy the needs of your Instagram feed.
Now I love me some Instagram.
But at the same time – whoosh!
It’s overwhelming trying to post enough to keep up.
You start to feel like everything you do in the studio has to come out perfectly. And that doesn’t leave much room for your creativity to lead you down weird & surprising paths.
You’re really missing out on chances to discover a new idea, new technique, new style…
YOU CAN’T GROW IF YOU DON’T EXPERIMENT.
And the word my client said she has on repeat is “dabble”.
I love that so much!
It’s a great reminder to take things easy sometimes and play around.
Like I said, when you play you can discover new and amazing things that grow and stretch you as an artist.
But that can still be scary.
So I want to remind you, in this age of over-sharing, that not everything has to be public.
You don’t have to sell everything you make.
You don’t even have to photograph everything you make.
Don’t be afraid to dabble in a new medium, assess it as absolutely hideous when you’re done, and throw it in the scrap bin.
So you spent a couple hours doing something that didn’t work out and that means you’ve got nothing to post on social media today because your kids came home from school and informed you that they need three dozen gluten-free cookies for tomorrow’s class party!
I know – every day is an adventure.
Post an old piece that no one has seen in two years.
Post a picture of your paint-splattered hands.
Post a photo of your “failure” gracing the scrap pile.
Post a quote that inspires you.
Post a selfie of you baking with the kids.
Post nothing at all.
Give yourself freedom and space.
That’s what dabble is all about.
Not everything has to be about business. Not everything has to be perfect. Not everything even has to be shared.
So I’m challenging you this week (February 19th – 24th, 2018) to take your first steps toward becoming a chronic dabbler with a few minutes each day to dabble.
I’ll be dabbling alongside you – I have some fun mediums I rarely visit because I don’t think I turn out good results. But you can dabble in subject matter, colors, substrates, shapes, or even non-arty hobbies!
CHRONIC DABBLING IS ABOUT KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS FROM SUCKING THE LIFE OUT OF YOU.