Most people think of boredom as something negative. It makes them uncomfortable and anxious and they tried to avoid it at all costs. We live in a world of over-stimulation, information overload, and instant gratification. . . so why should anyone ever be bored, right?
We seem to have forgotten that boredom kick-starts imagination and the problem-solving genius of our subconscience. Those of us in creative fields sometimes lament that we don’t feel inspired or can’t think of new ideas. More often than not, we’re probably trying too hard instead of sitting quietly, listening, watching, and letting our minds wander. If children have more toys and games and movies than they have time for, when will they invent, create, build, explore, and imagine?
When you have time on your hands that you don’t know what to do with, don’t reach for your remote control or your laptop. Pull out a notebook or journal, and just sit quietly for as long as you can stand to. Look out the window or stare at the ceiling. Pray or hum a song. Pet your dog or moisturize your feet. Colour in this “Imagine” design, which you can download and print for free. It doesn’t matter, as long as you are not scrambling to chase your boredom away. Don’t run away from your thoughts. Scribble down any bright ideas that come to you. Let yourself be in the moment. Look around you, at people, at architecture, at the sky.
In the studio. . .
My latest doodling craze has been personalized bookmarks (for customers) and some nifty candy cane gift tags (just for fun). This week I submitted several illustrations for another multi-artist colouring book by Ink & Willow, coming out next year. And today my Christmas cards got a little shout-out in Uppercase Magazine’s All About You newsletter. Hurray!