I haven’t written much lately.
Not because I don’t have things to say, but because I feel as though I’m at a creative fork in the road.
There are so many directions I feel that I could go in, but there is already precious little time for creativity in my life and all the thoughts and inspiration going through my head is overwhelming. I don’t know which way to turn.
I have some new vintage items that I’ll be posting on Etsy this week as I finish editing photos and writing up the listings.
Over the weekend, I spent some time re-watching several of the videos from the Creative Business class I’ve been taking from Jeanne Oliver’s creative network on Ning.
I’ve also begun dabbing in mixed media after watching one of Jeanne’s free videos (also available on the Ning community site). I love how it gives me another way to express my creative side. I’ve been watching videos and reading tutorials from many other mixed media artists to try to get a sense of all the different possibilities, tools, and techniques.
I really enjoy creative the backgrounds. They’re so pretty it’s almost disappointing to paint and draw over them.
I’m also trying to remind myself every step of the way that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do art. I have a tendency to gravitate to order, to step-by-step instructions…I don’t want to frustrate myself by not being able to produce such wonderful art as Jeanne, as Alissa, as so many others. I know I will develop my own talent and style as I continue to practice.
I also know that the more time I spend looking at other people’s work, the more I try to emulate their style. My own tastes bounce all around from white, simple, and pure to bright and cheery, but trying to narrow that down to my own distinctive style (not only in art, but in design, decorating, fashion, etc) has been a long process.
“There is no growth without change” – Rick Warren
So for the past several months I’ve been playing with the idea of stepping away from Pinterest and (maybe) limiting the time I spend reading my most favorite blogs. I don’t know if I’ll actually take that step, but being aware of the confusion in my thoughts seems to be a step in the right direction.
How long has it taken for your personal style to evolve to where it is now? How did you begin to identify that style?