Tell me if this is happens to you. You go about your day job and your normal responsibilities until its just too much. Anxiety builds in you and you HAVE to get into the studio to paint, sculpt, draw or just do something!
Here are a few reasons why this happens:
1. Using Threshold Rules
Your rules for what art IS may be too high. They are what I call Threshold Rules. You must reach a very high level in order to let yourself feel like you're an artist.
2. Focused on skills more than mastery:
You're focused on the skills you think you'll need more than the process or the journey of creation. True mastery is beyond skill. Skill is a never ending journey. Mastery is the process of internalizing what skill you have.
Here's how you can break the cycle:
1. Find a new strategy for creation:
I turned frustration into playfulness. Frustration takes a long time to build and it slows my scheduele down. To engage playfulness I just turn on AC/DC's Thunderstruck and start making a mess!
2. Accept Yourself
Often we turn to skill because we want other's to appreciate our artwork and our efforts. Totally natural, right? We spend lots of time in our studio. Of course we want to be appreciated. However, that desire has a corrosive effect on the quality of our vision and our work. Practice pure creation.