Monday, May 3, 2010

Blog Carnival 05.03.10 - "What motivates you to create"?

What motivates you to create? In a down market when things are not selling well? When you are tired? When life makes you busy?

This is a pretty interesting topic - especially since it is similar to what inspires you to create. Though to me, there are some distinct differences.
The automatic answer is "I have to" but that is on so many different levels. I feel an internal compulsion most of the time to create.

Though now that it really is a business - I'd say that my customers are my biggest factor. I feel responsible to everyone that orders a piece and pays for it. Once the order is made, I write it down on my desk calendar and on my erase board calendar. I feel an obligation to get it done as soon as I can. Because this is my job, it's what I do every day (well, weekday. I do take most weekends off). I do have days where I feel less than motivated to work on a specific piece - but if that is the case, I just delay it by working on something else! So I'm still always getting work done.

I also think that 'being successful' is a motivation for me. I've always disliked the idea of the 'starving artist' and wanted to instead be a successful artist! Hm... and maybe now that I'm thinking about it, this might be my biggest motivation. Even growing up, I wanted to be successful in whatever I was doing, whether it was getting all A's or working really hard on a drawing. (apparently learning to play the guitar didn't fall in to that category, playing the clarinet did though!)

I guess in the end, a really short summary would be that I am very driven and motivated naturally - and on days when I may rather sit and read a book or watch tv, I rely on the expectations of those around me to make me feel responsible and keep going.

1. - Nina Gibson
2. - stacey hansen
3. - Danielle Miller-Gilliam
4. - Victoria Takahashi / Experimetal
5. - Maria Whetman
6. - Ann Hartley / hartleystudio
7. - Brooke Medlin
8. - 2Roses


Ann Hartley said...

Thanks for the uplifting and positive article! I really enjoyed it!!

Beth Cyr said...

ha ha! was it? i guess re-reading it, it does sound pretty positive. believe me, i have plenty of days where I'm not really motivated, but I make myself work anyway. I think I've convinced myself that if I don't I'll be disappointing those people that are expecting something of me. And that motivation far outweighs the desire to give in to the whim of wanting to take a long hot bath, a nap, sit and watch endless episodes of Bones on demand... it keeps me working and in turn, i'm happier b/c at the end of the day, I feel worse about myself if I slacked off. don't get me wrong - I do have days that I treat myself. and I do 'reward' myself a lot too!

Victoria Takahashi said...

yes it was positive :)
i love to see you are motivated naturally and it is not really an issue for you which is nice to see!

Fluxplay Jewellery. said...

Yes, your cheerfulness is infectious and makes me smile.