Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to Blast Past Your Creative Block, Remedy #4

Painting in Progress-my initial drawing in paint-this is where I usually start.

This is fourth in my series of my how to get out of stuck-ness and get into flow. Is there a project you are working on, writing or painting or creating and you're stuck? This tip is titled Hello Permission-Goodbye Pressure.  Oh, I can hear you from here, Amy that is a weird title, so let me explain. Sometimes the reason for this stuck-ness or block to moving forward is that insane pressure we put on our self.  Ok, so check in with yourself and when you think of that "thing" that you want to do, do you feel any pressure somewhere in your body? Do you feel the pressure to produce? To make it perfect? Get quiet for a minute.  Check to feel pressure in your head area or your gut or heart?   These icky feelings don't do much for allowing us to be in the wonderful world of flow, do they? The pressure translates into 'forcing yourself' which is the polar-opposite of flow, right?  

So what's the antidote?  Permission.  Talk to yourself, say to yourself, I'm going to do this for pure pleasure, for fun or to just have an experience. You might say more things like: no one will see it, so therefore, it does not need to be perfect. You can even throw it away when your done, it's just for you. The trick here is to really believe yourself, really believe! Go back to those body feelings and visualize that the permission will just pop the popping a balloon with a pin. I don't know about you, but once I start moving on something I don't have a problem going forward, it's just getting me in motion that is the tough part. Now, you give your self permission to pop the balloon. Go have fun!

I decided to listen to my own advice starting this post. I've been working on this large painting for a couple weeks now and the pressure had built up in me to also do a post. But, the perfectionist side of me was holding me up because I felt the pressure of needing to have a perfectly finished painting to post (whew that's a lot of p's) anyway... When I told myself, hey you, you don't need a perfect painting to post... all pressure melted away and I was in the flow to write this note to y'all.  Stayed tuned for a finished painting and the next in the series of 'How to Blast out of Stuck-ness'.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Hopeful  © 2010 Amy Hillenbrand
24 x 30 oil on canvas

I know on this day we are usually  looking back on the horrible events of 9/11. It is still very hard for me to comprehend something this horrific  happened to our fellow human beings. I wanted to counter all those memories with something positive. Hope- hope gives us the power to keep on keeping on. If you think about it, every goal is powered by our hope that reaching our goals will bring us something better, a better life in some shape or form. It could be a better relationship, a better body, a better bank account, and in the end, a better life. Really without the hope goals don't make much sense do they?  

My friend and fellow artist, Kelley MacDonald named this piece for me without even knowing it.  After a quick peek, at my latest painting she said if feels so hopeful to me.  That was such a compliment because it is my intention that all my artwork would raise the spirits of the viewer. So it is my HOPE for all of you to feel hopeful everyday.

Here's a lovely quote for you'all: "No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible."                 George Chakiris


Friday, September 7, 2012

Mr. Big

Mr. Big © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 10 oil on board
Every day when you wake up ask yourself "what do you really, really, really want". You have to say really, really, really or you won't believe it. Elizabeth Gilbert

I love this quote by Elizabeth Gilbert.  It seems by asking yourself the repeated really really really it helps you to decipher between the "shoulds" of the ego and the wants of the spirit. It is tricky being able to distinguish between the two sometimes.  I don't know about you, but when I'm in "should land" my inner-childhood rebel makes an appearance. As a kid, my little rebel would  pretend she was too tired when Mom wanted me to clean my room or suddenly I had a tummy ache when it was time to do the dishes. Even as an adult,  that inner child becomes quite stubborn and finds the most creative ways to be in resistance and avoidance.   What do you do when you are in your "should land" ? It may be good to know so that you recognize when your in it and once your become aware of it you can choose to step out of it.  That's the good news!  I love happy endings. You?