The creativity game is strong here at Fully. Our Customer Service Representative, Dorothy Glenn is showing selected prints of her sharp photography at Wolff Gallery. Lovers of photography, art and stimulating conversation with like minded locals should join Dorothy and Wolff Gallery (2804 SE Ankeny St) tomorrow, February 2nd for a great First Friday event. Her show is on view through February 25th.
As a multi-media artist, I am continually striving to shift graciously across the spectrum of my
working and creating life, and the spectrum is broad! There are days where creativity takes a
backseat to the reality of needing to pay the bills, but the goal is to find room for both realms of
necessity to coexist and continue to thrive. The balance comes through recognizing the ways in
which each practice blends or intersects with the other.
Balancing creativity and full-time work
-Utilize your break time creatively, I find listening to podcasts and journaling on my break to be
helpful. Using these specified times throughout my work day to redirect my focus back towards
my art-life is crucial to shifting more seamlessly into creativity after work.
-Recognize the times when you’re most creative throughout your day and try to find a work
schedule that fits in with your artistic routine.
-Share your creativity and art with your co-workers, you’d be surprised how many people you
work with are multi-faceted artists hustling as well!
-Stay involved in your community, push yourself to go to local art and culture events to stay in
sync with the creative culture and pulse of your city.
-Be tender with yourself and your practice, remember that your energy will shift and your
creativity with it. I find that I will go through periods of collecting, absorbing and researching
rather actually creating, but it always comes full circle and one informs the other. Allow
yourself the time to rest and rejuvenate, we can’t always be on, creatively.
- As humans, we’re continually morphing and forming better versions of ourselves. Some days
the pace of daily life and the forward momentum can be jarring. Be sure to recognize your
growth and success, it’s important to pause and acknowledge the work you’ve done, in your daily life, creatively or otherwise. In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
If you’d like to see my artwork on the wall, please visit Wolff Gallery at 2804 SE Ankeny St in
Portland! The show is on view through February 25th and SE celebrates first Friday’s monthly.