My partner bought me a pack of ‘Oblique Strategies’ for my birthday last year and I have become quite addicted to them. They were designed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt to help creative people free themselves from the curse of the creative block. I must admit I don’t really use them for that, but more as encouragement to spur me on when I am feeling a bit uncertain about following my creative dreams.
There are around 100 cards to choose from, but I have included just a few which have particularly resonated with me. I return to the ‘Just carry on’ card time and time again when I don’t feel as though things are going well. Funnily enough the advice is very similar to that given to me by my tutor when I graduated from art college, he said ‘just keep working’. So simple and yet so true.
My teenage son pulled a card a little while ago which read ‘Tidy up’!
I hope some of these ideas inspire you as much as they do me.