Twelve years ago I didn’t draw or paint, despite wanting to be an artist as a child. Like many of us, confidence in my “talent” was chipped away until I gave up. After having kids I decided I wanted to do something for me. I dabbled in a few classes in drawing and painting which lit a fire. I wanted more. I wanted to know what I would work on if I was free to explore. If I was free from teachers, classmates, and the confines of a classroom, what would I work on? What mediums and subjects would I find interesting? What would my personal style look like?
After several false starts, in 2014 I made a resolution to be creative on a regular basis and started my blog “My Creative Resolution.” It’s been almost six years and my creative journey is still going strong. Being creative has brought so much joy and fulfillment to my life. It’s hard to believe I lived without it for so long. I’ve learned so much along the way about creativity, inspiration, motivation, exploring, and staying focused. What began as a personal journey has become a desire to inspire others.
Listen to my story in this Studio 78 podcast episode.
I’ve transformed my journey into a process for others to follow. My book Creative Exploration: A Six Week Process for Introducing Regular Creativity into your Life is now available.
Creative Exploration contains:
- A step by step process for introducing regular creativity for six weeks and beyond
- Worksheets for taking stock of your creative goals, history, past hurdles
- Worksheet for organizing and prioritizing all of your creative ideas.
- Over 30 creative tips to keep you on track
- A detailed process for introducing you to different mediums – with flexibility for your interests.
Would you like to be creative on a regular basis and experience the joy that creativity brings? Would you like to explore mediums and subjects in search of your thing? Get Creative Exploration today and start your creative journey!
Order on Amazon or download a copy of Creative Exploration: A Six Week Process for Introducing Regular Creativity into your Life by clicking here.
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You are very inspirational. I love your processes and dedication to finding an illustration style.
You give me hope that creativity, home life, and work life can all be balanced. Keep up the good work!
Wow! Thank you! Notice I haven’t posted any pictures of the dust bunnies in my house – lol! I love your style. The kids with the horse was on of my favorites. 🙂
Thank you so much–I try to work a little each day, which is interesting with a full time job and a 6 month old! 😀
A full time job AND a 6 month old AND you draw/paint everyday?! I’m impressed. I think you are the one who is inspirational!! BTW I totally agree about how it’s hard to design a logo for yourself. I’d love to see what you came up with. You are lucky to have the “Lemon” name to work with! lol
Like you with your work, I recently committed to putting out all my paintings I did on holiday onto my blog. In hindsight I would have preferred to have kept most of them hidden, but it makes you less precious, even though I shudder when I look at some of them. Keep it up.
Good for you! I think we really learn from our mistakes. I hung my gerbera daisy painting in my living room and every time I walk by I think about what I would fix/change. I don’t think I’ll touch it, but I think I’ve grown from it for the next painting. I hope! lol. Thanks for visiting! 🙂
You might love this group, if you are sketching and using a journal . . . https://www.facebook.com/groups/artists.journal.workshop/
Thank you, I’ll check it out!
Like this and it is creative…happy and pleasant.
What an inspiring blog! I really enjoyed watching your arts and hope to see more.
Thank you so much! Your comment is extra motivation! 🙂
Nice to meet you Eilleen! The bear is nice but you are much prettier!
Lol! Thanks Joann! 🙂
I agree with Joanne. You are prettier than the bear. Really enjoy your site. Patsye
Eileen! I am so happy I stumbled on your blog. It is delightful and speaks to me as I too, love watercolor. My best friend and I started a watercolor blog to stay in touch with each other when I moved to northern Michigan in July. We are having great fun with it. I think you would enjoy it: https://ajourneybetweenfriends.wordpress.com
I also have another blog where I house my photography and other creative endeavors. http://latebloomerbuds.wordpress.com
Your posts are fun to read, and I enjoy your space here. Fun to find kindred spirits. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Eileen!
Thanks Margie! I’m glad you found me too! And I’ll definitely check out your blogs. Keep in touch. 🙂
Hi Eileen! Don’t know how my BFF Margie (saw her comment above) found your blog but so happy she did and shared it with me. Please keep posting and sharing your journey, it’s inspirational for all of us out here looking for our ‘style’, getting the courage to try something new, pursuing our own creative journeys and putting ourselves ‘out there’!
Gail, I’m glad you and Margie found me too! Glad you’re joining me on my journey and I’m excited to follow you two/too. What a great idea to stay connected through a blog! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂
Good Morning Eileen! Thank you for visiting my blog and giving me a follow! I have enjoyed visiting here and will be back… following happily! I love watercolor! I don’t do it but I like to look at other people’s art. I am going to check out you Instagram, I saw you this morning on Zeneyes IG… 🙂
I’m so glad! 🙂
I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award!
Wow, thank you!
You’re welcome! It’s a great way to get into the blogger community and it helps get your blog more attention!
Thank you for stopping by to visit and for the follow. I have been enjoying following your blog, it is always inspiring to see how others go about their creative journeys and be able to share experiences and motivation. Thank you for sharing your resolution and commitment to the creative journey with the rest of us. Peace.
You are welcome, glad to find your blog! I am so glad you are enjoying following mine. It has helped immensely in keeping my resolution to share it with everyone. 🙂
nice to meet you!
Thank you for following my blog. You are the 60th person in my 60th year of accomplishing my 60 items on my list. Thanks
That’s awesome! I’m honored to have a special place! I’m looking forward to learning more about your list. 🙂
Hi Eileen thank you so much for stopping by my Blog and for deciding to Follow! It is nice meeting you and connect! I had a brief visit to your nice Blog and Follow you too I will come back to see more of your great work! Have a great weekend Carolina 😉
Glad to connect too! 😀
Eileen – Nice interview with Charlie. It is great the get his background.
Thanks Wayne. I know we all wanted to know more about Charlie! 😄
Hi Eileen! Thanks for visiting my blog on Wrap or Bag post. I like your work, Impressive especially putting your work on fabric. I just started a historical romance book about fabric called “Many Hats of a Lady,” so your website is inspiring.
Thank you Brenda! Are you reading the book or writing it?
Hey Eileen, I just stated writing the book. I’m 5000 words in. I’m in the research process now, and your printing on fabric was interesting.
Thanks Brenda, I appreciate that! Your book sounds really interesting. I just designed the title logo for a book on quilting and I have designed websites for a few authors. If you’d like to see my commercial work my website is http://www.eileenmckenna.com/. I’ll follow your blog so I can stay up to date on your new book! Thanks for stopping by. Eileen
Thank you Eileen. Starting in January, I’m doing a feature on Business Women. If you’d like to be featured just let me know and I’ll send over the questions or you can read them on the blog. Be Blessed!
I saw that on your blog. I’d love to be featured! Thank you
Eileen, here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions
1. Tell a little about yourself and your business. What are your hobbies, education etc. – What type of business do you have. Tell anything you’d like people to know about you and your business.
2. Why did you decide to launch the type business that you did? What was the brainstorm that motivated you forward?
3. How did you launch your own business? Other than, money, what were your first steps?
4. What would you do over or change?
5. What encouragement would you give other women in starting their business adventure?
Be sure to include a photo(s) and website of your work so that I can include it in with your post.
Just wanted to say thank you fir stopping by my blog/website.
Here’s to a creative & healthy 2017!
Thank you for visiting my gardening site – you might also enjoy some of my travels in Brittany. I very much like your watercolouts!
Thanks so much!
Thank your sharing your thoughts and work. We have lots in common so I am delighted that you found my blog and that I followed you back to here. Your list of books for creatives is great. I already know some of them and will look out for the others.
Thanks so much Magny! I’m so glad we’ve connected 😀
Your talent is amazing. You have been recommended to me by a mutual artist. Would you be interested in teaching the world to paint via an interactive live online venue? To learn more, please contact me.
I would like to contribute guest post on your website. Please kindly reply for my comment through mail. Thankyou
Thanks for your inquiry. What types of things do you write about?