I have all good intentions to create, to draw out the ideas swimming in my mind. Over the course of the day life happens and I slowly dismiss all my creative nudges. At the end of the day when I didn’t make the time to do what I love, I am grumpy and irritable. And this brings me to the dreaded blank canvas, the one I stare at on a daily basis. My goal is to allow myself one minute, one stroke of the brush one line of the pencil at a time to make my art. Some days a few minutes is all I have, and by allowing myself to enjoy the process of beginning maybe that is all I need.
-where the white blank canvas lives…..
Inspiration comes in many forms, the following is a list of recent books I found helpful and thought provoking:
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The Sound of Paper, by Julia Cameron
Hero, by Rhonda Byrne
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Happy 2014! Be bold, dare to dream and focus within.
Starting the year off with a return to Creative Everyday Challenge for the month of January. This month’s theme is:
Past Present and Future
A frigid snow day brought forth a creative fun day. I dusted off my watercolor box, sifted through piles- dug out some paper (ok organization should be my resolution) and created this months challenge.
To learn more about the monthly challenge visit Leah at Creative Everyday
Trying to accomplish my work, I was eager to complete sketches for a project. As my day progressed my focus seemed a little scattered I felt a jolt of inspiration and this is what happened:
I decided to finally paint over a new shirt that had dirt I couldn’t wash out. I came up with a simple design and using gold fabric craft paint, I painted over the trouble spots.
After a trip to the supermarket to buy only one item, I came across a bottle of vitamin E & coconut oil for $1. Bought it with the bright idea to make my own body lotion. So of course I mixed some up when I got home. Utilizing an empty lotion container, I mixed together, in equal parts, the oils, vaseline and left over sample of vanilla scented lotion. The result.
Needless to say I am still working on my sketches!