And just like that, it’s May. Which means the free monthly wallpaper is available! I have got to stop being amazed at how fast time goes, because it never slows down. But honestly, I feel like I blinked and April was almost over! If you’ve been following along on instagram, you probably know I started this 100 day project in April where I create a watercolor piece everyday for 100 days. If that’s the case, you’ll recognize this abstract floral. It looked very May-ish to me, so I digitized it for this month’s desktop and phone wallpaper.
It’s been years since I first heard Ira Glass talk about creativity in his interview on the art of storytelling and for some reason it’s been on my mind lately and I wanted to share it here. Perhaps it’s also because I just finished listening to S-Town (for which Ira Glass is the Editorial Advisor so I kept hearing his name on the episode credits).
Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?
A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of years where they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be — they knew it fell short, it didn’t have the special thing that we wanted it to have.
And the thing I would say to you is everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase — you gotta know it’s totally normal.
And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you’ll recognize these watercolor sage leaves I painted a little while back! I finally digitized them and turned them into desktop and mobile wallpapers for you to download and use this month.
Changing my desktop wallpaper every month forces me clean up all those stray icons and files that tend to accumulate over time. It’s nice to start the new month with a clean desktop, isn’t it? I also have this thing with calendars. Sometimes they are helpful, but other times I just don’t want all those extra numbers in my face. So, I made a version without a calendar that’s just a background for anytime you want some sage leaves in your life.