I'm wondering... How much time do you spend creating? Crocheting or knitting, painting or doodling, woodworking or sculpting - whatever your medium of choice is, how much time do you spend with it?
I spend several hours each day doing different artistic activities. Recently,two things have been crossing my mind. One is, can I finally call myself an artist, and the other is wondering how other creative people spend their time.
I don't know why, but I often wonder if am I really an artist., Why do I struggle with this? Why, when I apply this title (label?) to myself do I feel like an impostor? I'm sure that I would easily use this term to describe me if I was someone else, so what's the big deal?
There probably is some deep hidden reason that has to do with my childhood and parents, but I'll leave that for another time. Instead, I am going to practice (positive) self actualization and say it out loud, "I am an artist!" There, that felt good! Why don't you try it? Feels good doesn't it?
Like all worthwhile things, it is going to take practice. Hopefully in time I will be able to refer to myself as an artist as easily as I call myself a wife and mother.
Art in any form is fulfilling. Just like my struggle to call myself an artist, I have moments of hesitation when I call the activities that I partake in art. Inside I know that what I'm doing is art, but the world around me is conditioned to call the things that I do crafts and hobbies. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but there is so much more to it. Turning thread into a beautiful piece of lace is art. The finished object is a piece of art. The same with the beautiful knit shawl, the matching beaded earrings and necklace and watercolor that I am painting today. All of these are creative and artistic expressions of me (and you too!) And as my lovely friend Lisa Bogart recently said, "Creating fulfills something inside up."
All this comes around to time. How much time do you spend creating?
Trying New Things
I have been trying lots of new things lately (sewing, drawing, watercolors etc.), and having a grand time. My desire and ability to create is in high gear! Plus I have all of these great ideas for blog posts. I want to talk about social media and how it impacts the way that we think about ourselves. I want to talk about encouraging you (and me) to try new things and have fun while doing it. I want to talk about how important it is to find activities that you enjoy and to pursue them. I want to talk about giving yourself permission to do things that make you happy. For some reason the words are stuck. I think these are interesting topics and relevant to the crafting world. We're just not going to be talking about them today!
Instead let me tell you about these watercolors and sketches!
I found some inspiration on Pinterest and decided to see what would happen if I made my own "paint blob" animals. The birds came easily after all the practice I have had working on the Nirvana Design logo. The others took a few rounds to get ears and such in the right place.
There is something irrationally cute about these small farm animals. I am taken with the piggies (even the word echos cuteness) and for the past two nights I have been sketching them in various poses. Mostly trying to capture a pig in flight.
Right up there on the adorable scale don't you think? My water color technique is rough, but I am going to try adding color to the two on the left tomorrow. Regardless of how it turns out I am reveling in the joy of putting brush to paper and watching to changes that occur.
Why not take a chance and try something new today?! I bet you'll be surprised!
Thanks for stopping by friends.
Until next time, wishing you creativity and joy!
One of the great things about knitting and crocheting are all of the fab tools and accessories that go with it.
And have you seen the project bags that are out there?!? All over Facebook and Instagram I see pictures of fun, whimsical, pretty and sometimes even silly bags. I had to get me some!
This desire to possess something fantastic to hold all my projects has catapulted me into a whole lot of machine and hand stitching. In fact, you might say that I've become a bit of a bag making fiend!
Here is a look at (some) of what I've been making for the past few months. What I thought was going to be a one shot deal has turned into my latest obsession. When I started I was barely a beginner and my machine and I hadn't spoken in years. After watching tutorials and following along l got the hang of it. Turns out I love it.
I"m really pleased with the bags that I have made. I always get compliments when I use my cross-body bags and that is a great feeling! I think that other people (you maybe?) like them too. So much, that they (or you?) will want to buy them. My goal in making so many different shapes and sizes is to come up with a line of bags that 1) look fabulous, 2) are well made, and 3) are fun to make. I think I've finally done it!
Don't you love this batik fabric?!? The bright orange and pink are such a bold and fresh combo. Thankfully I was able to get my hands on a decent stash so there will be more than just this one bag. Although the coordinating fabric for the drawstring section will be different.
I have been creating and making like mad. Now it is time to buckle down and do the business side of things. After all, getting things sold opens the door to more creative opportunities!
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