oh man, with all these rules, it is not surprising that i am so uncreative at the moment ... but then some days ago i have started making rather small books from empty cigarette paper booklets. that was and is fun! only that photos might be difficult to upload (or does wanting to upload digital versions sabotage rule 39?)
Great list! I don't know what "don't push the river means"? Number 4, 29 and 39 trip me up. I also tend to feel quite guilty if I spend time making art and not cleaning the house, especially since I am not making an income with my artwork.
"Don't push the river, it flows by itself" is about trusting the flow of your creativity. It means not trying to force the process by pushing too hard for an outcome, for artistic brilliance. There are times when you just do feel "blah" and uncreative, and the trick is not to panic and to trust that the energy will return, the flashes of insight will pop up, the ideas will come.
....#3 'getting away from the computer' --- that's really a catch 22 for photographers -- it seems one can't avoid using the 'digital dark room ' - and no matter how you slice it - it is very time consuming ! ...that's where you traditional collagerites have a big advantage .....I can't figure out how to solve this problem --- because too much time on the computer has a lot of negative effects ,you know
-- it's a catch 22 -- obviously it's unhealthy to stay sitting in a chair staring at a bright screen for hours on end each day - but how to avoid it ? How does the avg person - ( who uses a computer to create )- also deal with social media sites , keep up with emails ,tend to personal websites , obtain information on Google ,enjoy You Tube etc etc - without spending too many hours online ? - - I Bought a stationary exercise bike , theoretically, to compensate for the static sitting - but it's still hard to pull oneself off the computer when you get really involved ....it's truly double edged sword ---- I wonder how other people cope ? -- maybe I'll put these questions out there in a journal - I'm really curious .
..I bought a year long membership to Toronto's main art museum ( AGO ) .... it's a 20 minute walk from here - after each visit - my brain is always sensitized towards creativity -- but , I think, this will only work in big cities.
Art galleries are a huge boost - and the virtual ones on the internet are a good substitute if you can't get to a real one. (Although there is something about being in the "presence" of art that is just so much more intense ...)