|Chain Reaction fabric design by Donna Kallner on Spoonflower|
Back to that hill, and shifting gears. Every time I think it would be nice to coast for a while, I make some hairbrained decision that leads me to a torturous uphill climb followed by a terrifying downhill race to the finish. And I love it! But as any real cyclist would say, it all works best when you're warmed up and have your head in the game. To do that in the studio, I get serious about my creativity warm-ups.
|Donna Kallner creativity exercise -- double doodle with watercolor crayons and water fingerpainting|
|Donna Kallner creativity exercise -- fabric collage from the Black Hole|
Last week when I got stalled on that hill, I did what I normally do: I struggled and wasted a lot of energy. Once that was out of the way, I gave myself permission to rethink the route. After about 90 minutes of free-motion doodling on scraps of fabric, I rethought where I wanted to go with my project and started over. It wasn't all coasting from there.
Usually there are still big hills to tackle on the alternate route, but I enjoy those as long as I've got a little momentum.
What do you do to gain some momentum? And what do you do with stuff like this fabric doodle, after it's served its main purpose?