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How Do You Get Focused To Create Your Art?

I don't know about you, but there are MANY times when I struggle to create art. Not because I lack inspiration, but because I am usually very limited on time. And when I do sneak a few minutes to create art, I find myself swept away by business needs (updating my blog, Facebook, Instagram etc, or doing taxes and other office work), or I find a million other things in my studio that keep me busy but also keep me from actually creating art (like cleaning up the messes that I have previously left, or playing with new art supplies).  

But then I visited a friend's house  and she has a lovely ceremony she does when she starts art or any endeavor that is creative - she creates an art alter (complete with candles and incense) and invites her muse to join her.  I LOVE that idea!! (thank you Jacquie Calladine, for providing such wonderful inspiration!)   

So I created my own little art alter.  Mine has bits of nature found on walks, bits of the art I've worked on, and bits of things that I love and that inspire me.  So now, when I'm serious about creating art... I make sure my alter looks inviting and then I light my candles and say a prayer or two.  

I'm not sure I believe in Muses per say, but I do believe in an almighty, powerfully-creative God and I know that any talent I possess, has to come from him/her.  So to me, my muse and my God are one and the same... and I absolutely love the idea of fully opening myself to allowing God to inhabit my studio and myself as I create art. The process of lighting the candles and inviting in the muse, makes me hyper-aware that this time should be for creating.  It is easier for me to stay focused when I have that visual reminder that my creativity is active and awaiting use. Plus the candles add a lovely and inviting warmth to the space.  

How do you keep yourself in a creative mindset?



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