Creative Flow vs. Exhaustion

Do you know the book Do Your Work? Check out this quote by the author, Steven Pressfield: „We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted, but we can accomplish nothing until we act.“!

You may wonder why it’s already two months again since I’ve last checked in on here. The truth is I’m in a very exciting creative discovery phase and I needed some time to be offline and just create. I started using Instagram again for daily micro blogging, so follow me there if you aren’t already for more regular updates!

But I’m still loving to blog and I’ve gone through a lot of experimentation in the last few months and definitely want to share a lot of it with you in the coming weeks. I’m usually a huuuge procrastinator. Not really because I don’t have interest in the things I do, but because I love to do so many things that I always jump from one activity to the next once I’ve mastered it and it’s no longer new and interesting.

A few weeks ago I read into Do The Work by Steven Pressfield. It’s a tiny little book and written on point, no talking for hundreds of pages, just quotable goodness on every page. It had a huge impact on me, because I loooove to do research. I love to learn, I love to journal, I love to figure out what to do and how to do it and how to do it well, but then I just procrastinate to DO THE WORK.

It really opened my eyes about the artistic process, similar to the 100 days of painting I did last year, how important it is to just be in the studio, just do the work and enjoy the process and don’t think about anything other than the moment and experiment. I feel so accomplished in those last few weeks, I’m kinda fearing of getting burned out because I’m SO much in flow that I can’t really relax. I’m laying in bed at night and think about all the great things I want to accomplish tomorrow. Guess now’s a great time to do more meditation!

Franziska Schwade, 2016 "Thai Vacation I" Acrylics on stretched canvas 20x20 cm / 7.9x7.9 inch available for 85 € + shipping

Franziska Schwade, 2016 „Thai Vacation I“
Acrylics on stretched canvas
20×20 cm / 7.9×7.9 inch
available for 85 € + shipping

I want to do a book review for you, show you some great quotes from the book. I’m also dying to read his other works, especially the The War Of Art. Some questions for you:
When are YOU in flow? How do you feel when you are creating and everything outside of you just blends into nothing? What are your favorite books on the artistic process? Tell me about it 🙂

Franziska Schwade, 2016 "Thai Vacation II" Acrylics on stretched canvas 20x20 cm / 7.9x7.9 inch available for 85 € + shipping

Franziska Schwade, 2016 „Thai Vacation II“
Acrylics on stretched canvas
20×20 cm / 7.9×7.9 inch
available for 85 € + shipping

See you soon & stay creative!
Franzi