Tuesday, August 27, 2013

creative spunk... do you have it?


 
you know when it hits.  that creative spirit within you.  that spunky spirit that hounds your mind all times of the day and night.  it doesn't sleep.  it's that burst of "i got it!!" as you choose a flavored waffle from the frozen breakfast aisle in your neighborhood grocery store.  it's the "i just had the best design idea!!" while you are sitting back enjoying your pedi... or when you are crouching in your go-to book store, reading a potential new read. you grab your iphone and thumb to your yellow notes icon and type your flowing ideas, praying your ideas don't get lost in cyber space.

however... there comes a time where you are sitting still.  sitting and waiting in a planned obvious place of creativity.  an art class.  a crafting retreat.  awaiting.  wondering.  fearing you may not have it.  you may not think you paint well, or sew well, or write well... but you signed up for this creative thing and you have no other choice than to
challenge yourself. or flee.

you tell yourself you are up for a challenge.  and after a few go's at it... you realize something.  you have a 'hidden' talent.  this new found talent seems to flow from you... it seems so, so simple.  so natural. so...

easy.


you do as you're instructed.  you sketch circles.  you sketch some more.  you see the possibility within your mind... your creative mind.  not to be confused with your critical "i suck" mind... many of us have it.  i know i do.

 
whoa. how come i didn't know i could do this?
i sketched what seems to resemble something attractive or common, it has to be my sub conscience artistic mind taking over.  I tell myself...

i can draw.  okay.  so now what?


what am i to do with my new discovered talent?  do i  share my new talent?  of course i do! should i sell my talent?  i'm not quite sure. in fact.  i am positive i shouldn't 'sell' my new found talent.  at least not in the immediate future.

why is that?

because my new found art needs to mature and i don't quite know what to do with it.  yet. 


i found my self inspired by watercolor artist/instructor Junelle Jacobson at an artsy weekend held in the most beautiful garden in utah.  perennial gardens.  i found myself not wanting to leave the retreat.  i know i wasn't the only one who felt this way.

who knew i would fall in love with sketching and watercolors? junelles teaching style was this.  there are no mistakes and nobody is perfect.  art isn't perfect.  look at nature.  nature is beautiful... yet, it is not perfect.  i love that she loves being messy and imperfect! 

i got the messy part down, i just need to work on the "don't try to make perfect art" concept ;)





lovely right?  and we had the nicest time together.  if i have the chance to go on another art retreat that taught a new  medium, i would do it in a heartbeat.

thank you for reading :)



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