Sunday, December 29, 2013
Confessions from a creative soul
Oh she's creative, oh he's an artist, etc.....a lot of people throw it around... Like it's an excuse or a privilege.
But those of us who are creative and know it, also know it isn't all roses. I'm not speaking for all creative types or artists, just from my own perspective. It may line up and it may not, or parts may line up while other parts do not. It's all ok. Take from it any part that comforts, encourages or spurs you on! For those of you reading this who are not in the artists/creative category, Many of us envy you at times! You have other God given strengths when displayed (albeit not in a gallery) they are just as beautiful and I've had people like that in my life and it's a gallery I'd love to go to. It's the gallery where relationship are appreciated. Forgive me please for any grammar or eloquence that is lacking and I pray you can hear what I'm "Confessing". Also another note I'm in no way stating that A) I'm the best at artistic or creative things or in anyway trying to have anyone view anything I make with esteem. (I make things cause I love to and I'm thrilled/overjoyed/ecstatic when it meets someones heart and they like it, not cause I made it, but the connection, the spark is the thing I love to feel and being able to gift that to someone is JOY) Also just because you are creative or artistic doesn't mean that everything that you "do", "create" or "make" is awesome, to be valued or counted as a great art by others, even if it has great meaning to you. Same way an old baby sock a mother holds onto not cause it's value, how it was made, etc, hold on to it cause of it's value to her of the child she held that wore it as a baby. Ok back to the talent thing many, MANY, MANY creative people don't develop that talent, that God given virtue. My guess is because, creative or artistic people usually lack discipline, at times myself included! Which if you know me you might disagree with cause I eat health, work out and train in other areas of my life, which requires discipline. But the discipline needed to develop a skill is at times hard for me. I don't won't to be told how to, I don't want to learn, practice, repeat, repeat, repeat until it's what I like I just want to do what I like. I just want to express. I often think about musicians (one of the reasons I don't play an instrument is I lack the ability to stick with it while it sounds awful in order to develop the skill to just be able to express) I see my daughter who can oooozzee musical expression and I'm jealous it looks to me like a girl twirling in a meadow just free and delighting in it... but there was work before the freedom. It's that work that I speak of when I mention lack of discipline being (in my opinion) something artists lack. Ok I think that's all my disclaimers and before comments about artistic, creative types. Now on the the confessions. Things I've learn and don't want to forget and try to remind myself of....
#1 - It's like riding a bike, practice, practice, practice, do it, over and over and over again, even when you don't like the out come or you feel like a fraud or a failure.
#2 - Nobody has to affirm me to do #1 (but it does act as an accelerant)
#3 - Find your own way.
#4 - Trust others who can see in you what (because your are to close) can't see!
#5 - Encourage and develop other artists/creative types around you, because #1 is so important, and so do #2 so other can do #1...... I won't read that line to to my son cause there is bound to be a potty joke in there.
#6 - Don't value yourself by your art or compare it to others.
#7 - Everything you do, you are learning from. So keep doing (oops that #1 again)
So what's the big deal. Well if you are like me the big deal is TIME. I'm a mother of 3, my husband runs his own business, he has an amazing idea for a new business and I want to help him get that started, oh and I home-school, and taxi 3 kids to various "appointment". So finding the TIME, is hard. I can barely do #1. When I was in design school I was constantly submerged in creating, starting and finishing projects, over and over..... my skill developed before my eyes! To this day I don't feel I'm able to draw as well and as easily as I did when I was constantly do it.
So after I've schooled the kids, made lunch, had a brief quite time, drove my kiddos around, made dinner, welcomed the hubby home, listened, laid kids down, etc. I just want to stare at the ceiling and praise God I made it through the day. The energy required at this point to round up art supplies, or take my camera out, etc. Is so big that often (way to often) I don't do it. One way I've found to fit it that time is to insert that artistic-ness in to my daily actives. When at the beach with the kids I sculpt the sand around their bodies so they become mermaids, or sculpt hello kitty in the sand, I've done fun scavenger hunts for the kids, transformed my dinning room into a "restaurant" to take my husband out on valentines day when we were didn't have the $ to go out. Or hand-made; love notes, dolls, etc.
Right now I'm really drawn (hey that's a joke get it .... drawn...) to indian headdresses .......
I long for the days when I can have a drafting table again, leave out project and work on them, develop them slowly over time, utilizing the mood as it comes. But for now I don't have that luxury so I just keep doing #1. Even if I only have an hour, a piece or printer paper and my kids art bin (which is always out cause I like to encourage creativity)
Oh and when you see me post a picture up (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - although I've lost my password and can't be bother to fix it, but I will) it's from a place of great fear I'll have you know! I'm not posting (like I know some do and that's ok) to say look at what I did I'm so great. I'm more like... wow I had little time, little energy and my tools were mere children's tools and I'm going to be bold and show this cause I think it's important. Cause I was given something that makes me "weird", I cry at weird moments in songs, or while looking at my children, making the bed, emotions take over me at times and I can't talk.... these are my components the components I've found most artist have. I look at these and I see shoot I'd like it to look more that this, or darn I should have done that, used that, etc. But I'm trying to train myself to see the good in it, to appreciate what is nice about it and posting it forces me to accept in on some level. Cause it's far better than a blank page.
So here is this.... I set out to start doing #1 more after reading a delightful book...(which I can't remember and I've just had knee surgery and am elevating my leg so I can't get up and go find it) It's like creative art journaling.. Anyway I had a journal in my purse and when I was waiting at the doctor or a restaurant or park, etc. I'd bust it out and a pen, pencil or crayon what ever I could find and bust out a little something in my journal... After 3 journals full of such things I wanted to do something bigger. So I found a picture of a woman in a headdress (the first picture) and started out sketching.... I got so frustrated the proportions were off, the lips looked funny, the feathers were all to straight and so I scribbled all over it in water colors doing random stuff. I consider this my warm-up exercise to my indian headdress series.........here it is....... really I can't find anything in this one I like......
If you look closely you can see on the left hand side the black parts of the headdress...and the ugly lips more toward the center. Some people bake cause they love to.... and I'm sure they have baked a few throw aways but they've still come away and learned something from the experience.... and learning is growth and growth is moving forward....... So here is to moving forward!
Thanks for reading....