Finding my creativity

I set up a table in a good spot in the house for sketching – good lighting, plenty of space, comfy chair, cat in another room (if you have a cat, you know that’s pretty important…)

I got out my sketch book & graphite drawing pencils.

I took out the sketches ideas list. You know the one. That list like that one your high school teacher had – the homework theme that they write on the board on Friday, that’s due on Wednesday, that not only keeps you creating but also gives you ideas to pull from later for more finished works. Yeah, just like that one.

I picked my first assignment – “Draw a pair of old shoes” – easy choice, it was #1 on the list.

I even set up some shoes – haphazardly of course, for interest – to give me a visual.

Picked up my pencil of choice, poised it over the paper…

And just sat there.

Staring blankly at the shoes.

And then the paper.

And back at the shoes.

And back at the paper. The new, fresh, spotless, mocking, paper.

Good light, good space, no cat. This should be a perfect spot, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It was like a creative vacuum.

A bit defeated I got up, grabbed the pencils & paper and went to my room and laid on the bed. I put on my headphones and cranked some music (started with Flogging Molly, if you’re wondering).

I just laid there, eyes closed, music distracting my brain (by then it was Good Charlotte, I know this information is very key to the story!) And then it hit me.

All through high school & college, I laid on my bed or floor and sketched. I never had any special table or studio unless I was in a classroom.

I opened my eyes, creativity newly charged – hey – there was even a pair of shoes on the floor! (Kismet? or am I just a little messy?)

Anyway, I grabbed my supplies and I put pencil to sketchbook paper – and guess what?

For the first time in a long time, I started drawing again. Will wonders never cease?

Looks like I found my creative spot!

That’s today’s brilliance! Thanks for stopping by and sharing my journey!
Carol

Another year begins

Welcome to 2017!

I started the year thinking “I think I’ll blog again” — even though I’m told it’s not “in” anymore (so sounds like a perfect thing for me to do!) Admittedly, I doubt very much it will be the daily blog that I did a few years ago, and I don’t know if I’ll concentrate on photography or making posters & memes at all,  or if I’ll include any images of paintings or drawings I may do.

Quite frankly, right now I’m not sure what this will be.

I’ve been in kind of a holding pattern. For too long. I don’t exactly know what I want to do, or where this will take me, but I know that I need to jump in & get the hell out of my own way!

In defense of my actions (or lack there of) I did get tired of having my hopes dashed: people in my life expecting free art, hearing “friends” say they’d rather get cheap art at a big box store than purchase mine, declined entries in shows, declined entry in masters program – I even got denied a place in a permanent show at a children’s hospital (I assume, since I never heard back from them, but if I see my artwork anywhere in that building, there will be an issue…) That’s a lot of NO!

The big question is:  how does one come back from that? Well, that’s another thing I don’t know.

What I do know is that it’s time to get out of the self-inflicted lack of creativity that I’ve been in for a while now.

Speaking of, I also still long to live on a farm. In the country. Fresh air & wide open spaces to spark my dormant creativity.  It’s my happy place – currently residing only in my dreams… for now.

So, come along with me on this journey if you choose, it will either go well or it won’t… but I won’t know unless I do it. Right?

Right.

Thanks for stopping by!
Carol

Gifts and Talents

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use,  will find their greatest happiness in using it. ”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

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You have something important to share with the world – don’t keep your talents locked up inside of you because of doubt or fear.

To paraphrase Henry VanDyke :

The world is pretty silent if only the best sounding birds sing.

Namasté

Art colors life

I think I must be suffering from a touch of the Spring Fever today.

I found myself going through photographs from my trip(s) to Florida and then those of flowers that I took over the summer last year.

I’ve picked out a few of the flower photos for potential paintings (one of my brother’s has been asking for photos, I may give him paintings instead.)

And I found some that will be perfect for backgrounds for posters and such.

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That is a striped and speckled rose (I don’t remember the specifics like the name – let’s just call her Rosie! hahaha!!!)

So it’s still winter, so I couldn’t stop and actually (literally) smell the roses today…

but wandering and weaving around and through the photographs brought back the memory of the sweet scents of the rose garden,

and the heat of the sun on my face,

and the vibrance of my floral surroundings.

And I realized how grateful I am to live a life colored by Art.

Saturday Signboard #33

Take action.

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Take the curve (on 2 wheels!)

Life isn’t lived in straight lines.

Thank goodness because how boring would that be?!

But sometimes we get caught up in a “supposed to be” and forget that life is the journey (or is that just something I do?)

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“A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.” ~ I found that sentiment to be comforting and eye-opening at the same time.

Ya know, I’ve always been a fan of car racing (that’s my Dads influence, he was a racer back in the day) and because of that influence I’ll be taking a page from their book:

I’m going to treat the straight-aways and corners equally…

and I’m leaving my foot on the gas!

Saturday Signboard #30

Sometimes you just have to change your perspective and

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…look at things differently.

Maybe just do a cartwheel with your eyes open.

It helps. Really!

Enjoy your Saturday!