At Christmas I received the book, One Zentangle A Day: A 6 Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun. Although I haven’t been able to get it out as much as I would like (umm, I’m on day two and it is March!), I have enjoyed using it so far. I can’t say I am doing it “right”, but either way it is pushing me to get creative in a way I might not have on my own.
I have always loved arts and crafts. I often found myself saying, “I can make that!”. Often times I did. In high school I used my mom’s sewing machine to create a purple and green table runner and pillow to match my hunter green bed spread. That was back in the day that hunter green, maroon and navy were HOT! Does that date me?! I learned to knit from friends. I took art and photography classes in high school. At one point I made handbags and sold them. I have always had that creative itch.
I just read Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon. Wow! Some of the things in this short, sweet book really, really hit home for me. It was almost as if by reading it, he gave me permission to move forward. Here are two quotes that spoke to me.
“What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.”
I get hung up thinking everyone else has great ideas and that I can’t think of anything original…..especially with Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, etc. I often think I have an original idea but then realized about 1000 other people had it too. Damn internet, I thought I was so cool before you.
“Don’t throw any of yourself away. Don’t worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work. Don’t worry about unity-what unifies your work is the fact that you made it. One day, you’ll look back and it will all make sense.”
When I started this blog I couldn’t decide what to focus on, so I made the focus more general, giving myself permission to play. Kleon just validated that for me.
Those are just a couple points that hit home for me. If you are in the need of creative inspiration or a shove to stop procrastinating, I highly recommend this book. Once I finished it, I quickly headed to the basement to mess around and take a few pictures before my quiet was interrupted by the pitter patter of little feet! Happy creating.
Sat down with my oldest to do some watercolors the other day. I always think too much about what I want to do instead of being impulsive. My almost 4 year old on the other hand paints with abandon. Every time, I find myself loving his work and wondering why I can’t relax and paint like that!
I got stuck on shades of blue. I could have played much longer and mixed more colors, but almost 4 year olds move at warp speed. He was done and ready to move onto the next thing. At least I got to paint one picture!