I started a personal project that I’m calling “Finding Joy.” I wanted to look for and appreciate the little things in life and I wanted to get back to daily painting.
Since starting, I realized we have moments of joy during the day – “Wow that is pretty,” or “This is fun,” or “This tastes good.” But these moments can be fleeting. In painting them I’m extending the joy!
Finding Joy ~ Extending Joy
I started this project because I’m having skin cancer surgery on my cheek and I wanted to be in a place of positivity. It’s working!
Want to start your own Finding Joy project? It’s easy:
How to start your own “finding joy” Sketchbook project
Do you spend more time scrolling and pinning or liking, than doing your own creative projects? Do you dabble in creativity but can’t seem to develop a regular routine? Would you like to be creative on a regular basis and experience the joy that creativity brings? Would you like to start on your own creative journey and explore mediums and subjects, in search of your thing?
Creativity is for EVERYONE. Talent is just a starting point.
I once read about an artist and wondered who told her she should pursue creativity, who gave her permission? Thankfully I realized she gave herself permission, and it was time for me to give myself permission. I had goals that involved exploring mediums, developing skills, and finding inspiration, but what I didn’t expect was the feeling that creativity gives me. For a long time regular creativity eluded me, but I finally made a commitment that has brought so much joy into my life, for five years and counting.
I want that for you! I want to share my process for developing a regular creative practice and start you on your creative journey.
At the 6 month mark of My Creative Resolution I wrote a post entitled “What I’ve learned about art (and myself).” As I sat down to write this, I reread that post, and I realized a lot of those items are still the important things I’ve learned this year. But I do have a few items to add. Those “6 month” items were mostly about art. The items I am writing now, are what I’ve learned about myself.
I love working square
I love adding ink. This is so surprising to me! I used to think adding all those lines seems so tedious, but I’ve found – you get into a zone.
Watercolor portraits – soften the edges so the skin doesn’t look blotchy.
I love being creative. I love having a project in the works, or ideas for new projects, or both!
I’m affected by the seasons. I can’t help being inspired by what is around me, whether it’s Spring flowers, Fall leaves, Winter’s evergreen trees, or a day at the beach.
I like being spontaneous and working on what inspires me in the moment. I found my weekly checklist to be too much after a while.
In the past I was frustrated with wanting to develop a style. Now, I’m embracing the journey. I’m in no rush, and I’m having fun doing it.
I’m no closer to selling and I’m not sure selling is for me. I don’t want to be filling orders or creating sellable things. I want to create what I’m inspired to create.
I love blogging – see more below.
What I love about blogging:
It motivates me to create.
I love working on new projects. Each new idea sparks more and more ideas.
I enjoy writing.
I like thinking about my process – what worked, what didn’t, what was a happy accident, or a mistake to learn from.
I love the community and feedback.
I’m inspired by and learn from other bloggers and I am honored when someone says I do that for them.
I am bursting at the seams with ideas for making My Creative Resolution better, for me and you, in 2015. I hope you’ll join me as my creative journey continues. 🙂