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In the words of Charlie Brown, “AARRGGHH!”

Robin Gates

All the stars were aligned over the past few days to pick up some brushes, pour some beautiful color, sink into my happy place and just paint. 

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However, inspirational doom quickly fell upon me and I ended up just staring at a blank canvas. Oh, whoa is me. I picked up a brush, moved some color around and stared some more. Nothing. What was I even doing? I was in a deep creative slump, and on top of that, I was getting on my own nerves just by festering about it.

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I decided to pull myself together, put the canvas aside and give myself a break.  Pinterest seemed like the perfect solution for this mini hiatus. However, what seemed like a good idea in sifting through all those magnificent pins, resulted in a mass mind web of chaos. There’s a lot of great art out there and instead of finding my inspiration, I simply felt overwhelmed and felt a greater distance from my own artistic voice. Thus, the danger of Pinterest. What to do...what to do... A day later, I came across this serendipitous quote. 

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Perhaps I was seeking a sign, but for some reason this made me feel better. "Ask yourself what makes you come alive". It seems so simple. I need to focus on what makes ME come alive and not what I think I should paint. Don't get me wrong, I fully expect more mini creative meltdowns in the future, but for now I'm going to challenge myself to simply relax. I'm going to try and let my mind flow and not force the creative process. I will paint what makes me come alive.