Inspiration is all around us and inside of us...
|All That Jazz|
Let's be honest: Changing direction (in life, art, etc.) takes courage and involves risk. We could 'fail.' And as artists, that could be public and private. What I have learned about myself is that what I fear more than failing is not trying, not doing, not continuing to learn and evolve. I believe that if we try something--regardless of the result on paper or canvas--then it was a success! The take-away should be that we have learned and grown. We should celebrate that movement forward in our creative journey. I believe that as artists, the most important thing we can do is to know ourselves and be honest with ourselves.... Most certainly, we need to be honest about what art and creating mean to us. It is about being 'self-aware.' From that, comes authenticity and a unique vision. An artist's work is a continuum and an evolution throughout their lives.
Recently, I have been looking for and rounding up my many sketchbooks -- some dating back to the 1990's. Some years, I did not do much of anything in them as life swept me in other directions; other years, I may have completed more than one book in a year’s time. These are my idea books. In them, I sketch, write about my art, reference other artists I need to research, quote teachers with whom I was privileged to paint, and capture some of my endless dreams or poetry or book ideas. Now, at the point where I am in my life, I can focus more time on my art and writing...even occasionally circling back to see 'where I was' in my head/art/life 10 or more years ago. Life is good and I have no regrets about any of the non-art time because life takes us in so many different directions. That is why each artist’s art path is as unique as is the individual creating the art. We need to embrace that.
As we live inside our busy lives, we artists sometimes have to put our art “on a shelf” as pressing life activities call us in other directions. Keeping the sketchbook journal (small enough to fit in my customary over-sized purses) has kept me centered and focused on my art, serving as constant affirmation that I remained on my art path as I lived my life, juggling work, motherhood, family, and home. It kept my heart/soul/mind focused on my target goal of making art an ever-larger part of my universe. It gave me hope and kept me on my course...even when time did not let me “get to the studio” -- other than the studio in my mind. I never had a dedicated studio space until about 8 years ago--before that, it was in the kitchen, on the coffee table, etc. Not having a studio does not mean we cannot create. We need to create with all that we are, where we are in life, with as much or as little art resources as are at our fingertips. That is what I call the ‘creative way’—the active art path.
|One Rose (oil)|