The letter A in the ABC’s of Creative Living
Happy 2019 y’all!
I signed up for an online class, 2019: Year of the Collage with teachers Carla Sonheim, Lynn Whipple, and Anne Marie Grgich for a year-long celebration of collage!
“It’s fast, it’s intuitive, it’s fun, and it’s a great way to hone your design skills and create a wonderful body of mixed-media art.”
While pondering the habit of creating, I came up with this idea of the ABC’s of Creative Living, a kind of personal guide to living as creatively as I can. Since I redesigned the blog last year I hadn’t really decided what I wanted to focus on. I thought I had an idea on which direction I might take my new platform, but as you can plainly see there is not much here. But yesterday this Ah Ha moment came to me and I knew it was right. I can combine a quick creative collage exercise with writing. Writing is something I enjoy and haven’t been diligent about pursuing in a long time so there ya have it. Two weeks into my new class and the creative juices are flowing in more ways than I had planned. So without further ado I shall begin with the letter A.
A is for Art
I am a visual Artist with a preference towards collage. Although I do dabble in reclaimed ceramic mosaics and other upcycle-y projects.
A is for Action
To do anything creative you have to take Action. I can talk about it until I am blue in the face but I find it best to jump right in. If it doesn’t work out, so what, move on to the next idea.
A is for Appreciate
Appreciate art by going to a museum, reading magazines, looking at books, watching documentaries and going to arts and craft shows. I may not like everything and that’s ok, but I will be able to get out of my own head for a little while and hopefully be inspired to create something new.
A is for Acceptance
Accept that everyday I am not going to create a masterpiece. Accept that I might not have the ideal work space or all the supplies I would like. Accept the fact that I will often be interrupted unless I move to a desert island. Accept that somedays I might not actually DO anything but look at my favorite artists on Instagram while in bed with a pile of dogs on top of me.
A few of my favorite Instagram artists and hashtags in no particular order: @nullsie , @estemacleod , @yappingcatstudio , @evesjulia12 , @lynnwhipple , @marylynnmoffatt , @tashpristas , #colorcrushcreative, #contemporaryfolkart , #folkartist , #explorecolour