I recently took part in a round table discussion about city planning. One of the questions was “What is your creative outlet?” The expected answer from artists was their art but that didn’t hold true for any of the artists. I realized that I have three different outlets: traditional crafts, teaching, and travel.
Knitting and quilting are great outlets for playing with color. They allow me to experiment with color in a different way and the energy carries over into my art. My blending of colored pencil becomes more robust.
In the summer I teach photography camp. Our focus is on learning to see and using composition to share our vision. I teach them methods and techniques and they give me new eyes in return. When camp falls before my summer travel; the creative boost shows in the images I bring back.
Travel is probably the most inspiring, creative outlet but alas the most expensive! I find planning a trip to be a creative boost, in essence becoming an armchair traveler.
Being an artist is a business and carries the same baggage as any other form of business and like most jobs, it drains creativity. I suggest you find a creative outlet and watch how it changes your life.