I'm slowly trying to find my way back into a creative practice. There's been some drawing, there's been some encaustic work, but most consistently, there's been morning journaling and there's been collage.
I've been adding drawing, adding paint, but collage - cutting and gluing bits of found imagery - is an easy place for me to start. I can do it in front of the TV in a total no-pressure way. I can move pieces of cut up paper around first thing in the morning before I'm really awake. I can take two minutes and glue something down as I walk by.
I realize, too, that for the last twenty years or more, collage has been my default. When in doubt, I piece things together. I find connections between disparate things. I cut and glue.
And I haven't given collage a lot of credit.* I've tended to dismiss it as "not really creative." After all, I'm just taking someone else's images and rearranging them. But seeing those connections is actually an essential creative act for me.
Just like journaling, which is something I've done since I was a teen but never really considered valuable. Or even cooking. After all, the final products are rarely impressive or - wait for it - saleable.
So I'm curious: Are there any essential creative acts - things that sustain you, that have the potential to form the basis of a creative practice - that you tend to dismiss as "not really creative" simply because the product isn't "impressive"?
I'm reminding you - just like I'm reminding myself - a satisfying creative practice is built on a foundation of consistent creative action, not on a foundation of impressive final products.
*(For those of you who are wondering about this, yes, I have written a whole book about how creative and valuable things like collage and journaling are - but that doesn't mean I don't need reminding, that I don't still struggle with seeing them as valuable. I do. I still fight those inner voices.)