"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." -Maya Angelou
My journey as an artist and full time creative being didn't really begin until I turned 30! Until then,I didn't even consider mySELF to be creative! Sure...I went through bursts of creativity and always read about other artists, visited museums and delved into different creative endeavors but...it wasn't until I made room in my life to live creatively that everything changed. Here are a few things I have learned along the way:
1. don't pay attention to what other people think/say. Before I married Tim, I lived in a very spartan one bedroom apartment. I had turned my whole living room into my art studio. I didn't have any fancy furniture; a bed, a table and 2 chairs...and no T.V.!! But I had tons of art, magnificent drawings, books, bouquets of roses, photographs, music...all the things that filled me up and fed me.
3. I write everything down-all my ideas for paintings, DIY projects, color schemes for Tara's nursery...everything!
4. creating isn't only about painting or writing or...it infuses all aspects of our lives. It's how we create our space at home, it's thinking of different ways to do things, it's re-purposing what we have...it's writing, photography, baking and sewing. It's raising a child well and sitting under a full fat moon listening to music. It's life.
5. the creative journey is no different than our life journey...they are one and the same. There are ups and downs and twists and turns and unexpected detours.
6. carve out a physical space for creativity...whether it's a journal or sketchbook, a corner of the kitchen or a whole room.
7. don't be afraid of failure...it is one of our greatest teachers.
8. don't let fear stop you. Aren't we all afraid of a gazillion things? But when we focus on small steps...we start to think creatively and the more we accomplish, the more creative we become!
*so many, many times I hear people say " I'm just not creative"...but we all are...if we just give ourSELVES the time and space and heart.