Most months, I take this post as an opportunity to reflect on the creative goals I’d set, and decide what I want to try to do in the coming month. Sometimes, taking that time to reflect leads me in a direction that doesn’t really fit into the standard format I’ve established for these ‘sketchbooks.’
Which is a roundabout way of saying this might be long, and it might ramble a bit. I’m trying to figure out some stuff, here, and if this isn’t the best way for me to do it, at least it’s been effective in the past.
Ok? Let’s go.
The way I’ve been managing my creative life - the things I’m working on, my creative energy, my time - isn’t working.
This hasn’t been an easy post to write. At this point, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve started, and stopped, and then started again.
2016 was awful, in so many ways. Starting with Bowie, and ending with the US election, this has been a terrible year for so many of us. And I really haven’t wanted to do any kind of recap - I’m too focussed on what comes next.
But if I look at the year from a purely creative standpoint, and if I think about what my plans for this year were, I didn’t do too bad.
It’s been a couple of months since I posted one of these creative updates, so this one’s going to cover December and January---both of which felt like I didn’t really get anything done, but when I actually look back, both turned out to be pleasantly productive.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
These are my plans for myself in 2016, but they’re also my hopes for you.
"Contemporary art’s job is to wreck what came before---is there a better job description than that to aspire to?"
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: Vemöden
Getting back into my creative groove has become easier since I started making an effort to both carve out the time to work and track my progress, but I still need an occasional hit of external motivation. So, over the past few weeks, I've been rereading the books that always make me want to make things.
It's not like I have a shortage of things I could be working on.