How The **** Do I Know When A Thing Is Finished?!

In asking for feedback for The Divine Creative mentoring programme -“what do you feel holds you back from your deepest creative power?” – one of the repeated responses was ‘how the hell do I know when an artwork/ a project is finished?’

It’s a prevalent problem in our modern culture of over-stimulation and distractedness – finishing anything becomes so much more difficult than just having a wee peek at my feed/ stream, or beginning something new…

We’re perpetually revved-up on adrenaline and caffeine, sugar and screens, tension and empty-calories – so our brains becoming very habituated in that shallow, jumpy energy that is useful for beginning things… But it keeps on firing the starting gun, even when we should be slowing down, or resting.

The ability to finish things is a precise indicator of our spiritual well-being. A chronic problem with finishing might mean a deeper lack of alignment on various levels; our confidence, a disconnect between mind-body-emotions-spirit, the way we’re organising our lives (or not), our attitude to how we present ourselves to the world.

It might take a lot of unpacking, but looking at how we finish our work (or not) – just bringing our awareness to the ways we’re procrastinating, or holding back, or feeling afraid – this can reveal a great deal. And in this way, we can subtly and gently tweak ourselves towards completion, resolution, wholeness.

It’s not about a big dramatic push towards the finish-line, but a skilled, practised, intelligent movement towards refinement of a thing. This is more often than not a deeply intuitive and felt thing, rather than a logical path made from specific steps. It comes from the doing, not from the thinking about doing.

As I mention in the podcast, I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this one… In the meantime:

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – and see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

2 thoughts on “How The **** Do I Know When A Thing Is Finished?!

  1. Terry Todd-Ingram says:

    Clare so inspiring! It moved me to feel yet again my creative block. It really grieves me to feel stuck and too tired to create. Part of me believes that it will pass in time as it has before while I shrink from life enduring. Another part of me is screaming that flowing with my creativity will make the journey through this difficult time flow more easily through my creativity and expand my heart and womb space beyond enduring to thriving.

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    • claregallowayartist says:

      Mmmmmm – I loved finding your comment here, Terry – sorry I didn’t reply to it before now! ❤ Yes – gosh, creativity is such a profound indicator of our connection with our core and our vital force – even after over 35 years of an intensive art practise, I still have to delve deeper and get beyond each layer that prefers for me to be inactive and lazy …. and yes, I've used my creativity to transform the most harsh moments of my life – it has helped keep everything moving, and I am certain that it has avoided a huge amount of accumulating pain from taking root and becoming worse and worse…. ❤ All power to you in your creative expansion ❤


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