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Last week, I saw this quote with the associated image and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I absolutely have to be creative. I have done something art-like all my life, from childhood with coloring books and dressing up paper dolls, to a young adult learning about sewing and knitting. As the years have gone by, I have tried my hand at tole painting, stained and fused glass work. Now, I find great pleasure exploring the many avenues of metalwork that go into the creation of my art jewelry.
I absolutely know I am at my happiest when I’m creating. I work full time in the corporate world, managing to make time for my art during any spare cycles I find. Last week, it became clear to me that I have been unconsciously finding ways to be creative and inject art into my work as a software developer too.
Being creative is an integral, vital part of who I am.
Why am I writing about this? Because I continue to meet people who tell me they are not creative, including some dear friends, and it hurts to think they are denying their artistic side. It is my firm belief that every one of us possesses some creative talent. As children it is easy to engage with the artistic spirit within. We seem to be so free to let our imaginations run wild. As we grow, it seems like exterior forces start to subdue those moments of freedom.
I was fortunate, my mother encouraged my exploration and pursuit of being creative. I do think that when someone calls art work a hobby, they don’t really mean to diminish its value….they more than likely are denying their own inner artist.
Break free of self-imposed restrictions. Maybe you are not the next Rembrandt, Michelangelo or Picasso. But I know this, you have a talent or a knack for something. It may be how you raise your children, care for your home, prepare meals, train for an event, interact with people….those are talents, gifts that are unique to you. Embrace them. Nourish them. Watch them grow.
Challenge yourself to do one thing that puts you outside of your comfort zone. When you do that, you may not succeed at first, but something wonderful will start to happen. Enroll in that class to learn something you’ve always wanted to do. Try something new. Just do it. The rewards can be unexpected and quite pleasant.
I’ve been trying some new things in the studio. Some are successful, some are failures. No matter what the end result, I’ve learned something. It’s wonderful.
Dig deep if you have to in order to find your own creative spirit, embrace it wholeheartedly and nourish it. Stand back and which it flourish.
Until next time, aspire to be more as a person and an artist.
It’s that time of year again. A number of my fellow artist bloggers, such as Lori Landis & Wendy Edsall-Kerwin, are reviewing what was accomplished in 2011 and what they plan to do in 2012. I find myself in the same place; reflecting on 2011, thinking about 2012. This has been a difficult post for me to write. In part, I think, because it requires self-evaluation.
At the end of 2010, I wrote a post about my thoughts and feelings as 2011 drew near. What is it about a new year? The anticipation of what lies ahead? A clean slate? A chance to improve? I think there are many answers.
Now 2011 draws to a close and I find myself reflecting on the events that took place this year. In 2011, my plan was to be fully engaged in all aspects of my life. That was my personal mantra whenever I needed that extra push. This concept of a personal word or phrase is something Christine Kane introduced in her blog, which I started following several years ago.
For 2012, I have chosen adaptability as my personal word. I selected the word, adaptability, because this year taught me that being fully engaged may not be the best course…at least not for me. I found I took on too many things and as a result, some of the joy I find in what I do got lost. At times, I started to feel a bit robotic; I was just going through the motions. Time blurred. Summer was gone and I don’t remember enjoying it. Connections felt lost or distant. Life was passing by and I was missing out on too many things. Going forward, I knew things had to change.
This year taught me many valuable lessons. In that learning process, I found I needed to change how I was juggling all my tasks. I think it is important to adapt and make changes to pursue what works. Recognize what doesn’t work and let go of it. The ability to respond effectively to the inevitability of change is both desirable and necessary. Adaptability helps to ensure our happiness and well-being.
When I think about evolution, the importance of being adaptable to ones surroundings is paramount. The alternative can be extinction. I see adaptation as one way to avoid being stagnant.
I am thankful for all the learning experiences I had this year. I gained so much from them. From the shows, I found a new gallery and several holiday markets. I gained insight and understanding about where I want to take my business in the coming year.
So how does this apply to my work? That’s easy!
- I’ve begun a new series that I call Treescapes. I feel I’ve just touched the tip of the iceburg with this one.
- I have more ideas for the evolution of my Arts & Crafts Impression series.
- I’ve already started to adapt and modify my business plan for 2012. A few more galleries, a few less shows.
You see, the ability to adapt leads to necessary changes and growth for me.
As part of that new mantra, I’ve just redesigned my website. A new look, for a new year and a new vision.
What word or phrase do you feel will help you in 2012? I hope you will share your thoughts.
May 2012 bring adaptability, light and love to all of us.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.