“Create to share” vs. “Share what you create”

After posting everyday from Feb. 1-14, in the Valentine’s Day theme, I was relieved when Valentine’s Day was over. Last year I found so much inspiration in the challenge to post everyday, to delve deeper into the theme. This year…not so much. Once it was over, I realized I wanted to work on whatever inspired me. I didn’t want to think about posting everyday. I didn’t want to create just to post something. I enjoy sharing what I’m working on, but it’s amazing how different it is to “Create to share” vs. “Share what you create.”

School’s on break this week. It’s snowing as I write this post. It feels like a nice break from our busy life. The break gives me a chance to step back and reflect, and look forward and plan. Or just relax.

I’m not saying I won’t be posting. I just posted a quick sketch on Instagram of the cardinals out in the snow. But now, I feel free to work on whatever strikes my fancy. And learning what those things are, is the interesting part.

20 thoughts on ““Create to share” vs. “Share what you create”

  1. Reflecting, taking a deep breath (or two), and taking a break are good. Seeing the results of your creative explorations are always enjoyable, like the drawing of the crabs…that looks promising for something. Thank you for being so generous in sharing your discoveries.

  2. Good for you Eileen, posting can become a burden. I’m glad you are posting as you feel like it. I’ve changed my habits, too. I enjoy the process so much better. I really do like IG, too.

  3. But, DO you create to share? I think we only really create for ourselves, a form of expression. Whether we share it is up to us, whether it be ‘good’ or ‘bad’. I’m glad you’re posting as I get to see your creativity, as well as the process. I am learning from it! 🙂

      1. Nothing?!! ehh. Eileen, you’re a professional, yes! I must presume that you earn your living from this work (I’ll have to re-read your About page, methinks). 😉

  4. I’ve also been thinking along these lines. I was tidying up my scanned photos on my pc this weekend and comparing the paintings I like with those I’m not keen on the majority of those I don’t like were created because I felt I needed to post something. When art becomes a chore or job it loses its sparkle for me 🙂

      1. Exactly! If it’s your job you *have* to do it. Whether you feel like it or not. Or you don’t eat. I worry that I’d end up hating something I love.

  5. Interesting short post. I like a good mix of inspired art and challenges to try something new, but I would not want to share all of the smudges along the way.

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