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Episode Info: Links Intro Notes; "for everything there is a season"... no one right answer for all times for any one person. Just as in the rest of life, sometimes we need to set some boundaries and other times be open to changes and challenges. Episodes 64 and 65 in March—all about change and its benefits. Today: the legitimate reasons not to change/ some ideas about how creative boundaries can be beneficial. Let’s start with the idea of self-imposed limitations—aspects of comfort zone that can be very helpful / strengthen our work. Focus, developing ideas, going deep. Such as: limiting yourself to certain approaches in the studio: materials, style, subject matter, scale etc working in series sticking with an idea until it is played out (As opposed to limitations coming from outside ourselves such as limits on our studio time, finances, or physical limitations.) We do need to question is they are simply default, fall-back answers? The downside of comfort zone— When thinking of self-imposed limitations in a conscious way: ask yourself: Are you just doing what’s easiest, most convenient Just doing what you’ve always done Its what sells None of these inherently negative but worth looking at more closely—is it what you really want? Re-listen to the Change podcasts for advice if you feel bored or stuck/you know you are in a rut. IF your boundaries seem reasonable and intentional to you, change for change’s sake is probably not going to be helpful. You also don't want to set aside valuable skills you've developed. The term comfort zone—in the art world it’s generally used to designate something we should avoid. Has negative connotations. Not moving forward or being innovative. However Wikipedia defines it as: "a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress. In this zone, a steady level of performance is possible." Looking at comfort zone without judgement, these are some characteristics: You feel mastery with your media You’re expressing your ideas without a lot of struggle Good level of productivity Work is of consistent quality you may not make huge advances but you will maintain the quality of your work organic change can happen more slowly The key is how you are felling: satisfaction, pleasure—positive comfort zone/often called the zone, things are flowing, you are in the groove, you are focused, without anxiety, at ease OR “same old, same old” boredom, feeling locked into a box—negative comfort zone/you are stagnating, negative feelings Positive comfort zone may be more beneficial once you are a fairly developed artist; don't settle for a comfort zone too early Negative comfort zone –you cling to the idea that things are OK because change is scary—self-reflection—the need to be very honest with self You can start to completely identify your own work onl...
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