I feel like I have been struggling to make art this summer. I have never really had an issue of not feeling creative. I allowed myself to just rest after the craziness of getting ready for market at the beginning of the year. I think that just breaking the habit I had of creating art everyday started something, I lost the synergy I had going. I was starting to feel like the baby blues where upon me after the long awaited event is over and you get this let down feeling. I knew I needed a swift kick in the butt to get myself moving again. I decided to reorganize and as I did I started to remember the how much I love my art supplies, how much I love all that fabric stuck everywhere, how much I love cutting those threads out of my vacuum cleaner roller. I realized how easy it was to slip out of the habit of being creative. How easily it is for other things to crowd their way into my life, screaming their own importance, stopping me from making art happen. Being an artist is a verb, and action word. It isn't going to happen watching art videos or buying art supplies. It only happens when I take that time to get my hands dirty and open myself up to explore.
I have been back in my studio, working on UFO's, brain storming, and just cleaning and as I mentioned in my last post, finding inspiration in every corner. I love having a space that is mine, messy, cluttered but a buzz of activity! I am thankful everyday that I am able to have an area to shut out the world and make the magic happen. As I look around the room I see half finished projects, fabric lines I have created, my artwork hanging on the walls, my ribbons from shows and I begin to feel that need to get busy with my art. It begins with a pencil or fabric, some fusing, an iron, colored pencils. The ideas begin to swirl around in my head and they force my hands and feet to behave and follow suit. I love the the magic that starts to happen and the joy that follows. Being artistic or creative isn't like taking a magic pill, it isn't going to happen on its own. I have to do my part and show up for the party to begin! Lets Party!!!
More Workshop Photos - Washington State
Casey Klahn - lecture on the Artist's Ideas. I appreciated the attentive
artists who were eager to learn.
Demonstration of landscape painting - Skagit Valle...