It’s getting better and better! For those who may not have looked in this week, I decided a few days ago to take up the WordPress topic du jour for my daily post. I thought it would be a way of giving me a creative break but I’m fast discovering there’s no such thing as a creative break in my life; however, it’s certainly all adding a different slant to my day. The excitement of opening up The Daily Post email is quite unbearable.
And so to today, and a wonderful and hugely important question, not just for artists but for anyone wanting to make the most of all that life has to offer.
How do you know where your boundaries are? We all have limits for what we are willing to try, or do, but how do you know that you haven’t gone far enough? Or when you go too far?
For the practicing artist, it’s an issue of daily and ongoing relevance in a very literal sense. Pushing the boundaries when working is vital. Stopping too early for fear of ‘spoiling it’ is a big mistake. Going too far and spoiling a painting, whilst annoying, is far more productive. Making mistakes and going too far is a vital part of the ongoing learning process with art.
But back to life in general, I see crossing boundaries as all about essential risk-taking. Obviously there are some risks you don’t take. General safety common sense is one area where I’m reluctant to cross boundaries. Everything else, though, is up for grabs. Taking risks, moving out of your comfort zone in order to cross boundaries is the spice of life. I’m by no means alone in thinking this; I’ve posted a couple of times a link to Sir Ken Robinson’s inspiring thoughts on the matter. Often we may not realise where the boundary lies. It’s very easy to stay within a comfort zone if you do the same things, read the same stuff, see the same people all the time. So sometimes it takes a bit of effort, but the more you try it, the better it gets.
It’s all the Yes Man stuff again, I think.