Do You Suffer From STS? (Shiny Thing Syndrome) If so, read this....

Do you suffer from Shiny-Thing Syndrome?  It’s interesting that I said suffer, because actually sniffing out all things new, having gazillions of new ideas is all part of the creative process, the hard bit is actively deciding which of these to pursue.  (Description of Shiny-thing Syndrome, STS is below)

I’ve been a practising artist for over 25 years now, that’s alot of shows, art pieces, new ideas, try’s and many, oh, so many fails.

Shiny Thing syndrome by Samantha Barnes Artist

Having a waterfall of idea’s is part of the creative process and we are blessed to have them.   EVERY SINGLE IDEA you have is precious, the important thing is to keep a record of them all, but not necessarily action them immediately.

I work quickly - my mind and hands love to multi-task.  For many years it was my natural working pattern to have a painting on my drawing board - one on my easel and something else my press pretty much within one day.  Bouncing between these worked for me, keeping each piece alive in some way, allowing them all to be fresh and not too precious.

I don’t work so much this way now, I’m a bit slower and spend less time in my studio which is a considered choice, more time out sketching, writing and doing other things.  But when I do get to my drawing board, I’m fired up to work in my best way.

When I hear people lamenting the shiny-thing syndrome, I wince a little.  Keeping our options open is important, enjoying the freedom to explore anywhere that our mind & eye wants take us.  The key is though, to put it all down somewhere, document the idea & thought,  ready to pick up at any time in the future - we have the choice to pursue it when fits us.

These days my sketchbooks are my treasure trove.  I dip into them whenever I feel like it and enjoy reading my potential projects - however madcap.  I may pull one out to enjoy tinkering with just because.  If that project goes anywhere, I’m good, if not, it’s either not the time for it to, or no longer of interest.

To sum-up, I don’t think that ST syndrome is to be diss-ed, more written down and shelved for potential future use.   Consistency can be hard for creative minds, so don’t fight it, shelve it.

What is Shiny Thing Syndrome?

According to an article in Entrepreneur Magazine is:

"Shiny object syndrome" in action. At its core, shiny object syndrome (SOS) is a disease of distraction, and it affects entrepreneurs specifically because of the qualities that make them unique. ... It's called shiny object syndrome because it's the entrepreneurial equivalent of a small child chasing after shiny objects

How do you deal with STS? I’d LOVE to know.


About Samantha

Samantha Barnes is

Sam is a practicing artist of 25yrs with a deep love of dogs.  Her drawings, paintings and prints are exhibited in galleries throughout the country.  In 2017 she painted her dog Barney and clients began to ask for bespoke portraits of their own best friends.  Since then, Sam has successfully painted many personalised commissions and sends her dog paintings all over the world.  

She has a stand-alone testimonial page on Trustpilot and is proud to support charities & auctions too.

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