Since quitting my job, and spending more time at home, I have started to clean out my art room. Purge, get rid of stuff that I haven't used in years. I am at a crossroads as to which direction my art and creativity are going. I figured that if I cleaned out (and I mean CLEANED OUT) my room it would be cathartic. Clean room = clean mind = fresh start. I'm about halfway finished and it feels great!
My second update is that I've started writing again. I wrote poetry and short stories in middle and high school. I never shared them with anyone but I loved writing. Since "picking up the pen again" I have been writing Haiku's. I am working on another blog dedicated to my poetry and ponderings. There I will share some of my older work (1980's) with my newer works. I'm not great at it but I love writing my ideas and ways of thinking down on paper.
I am also revisiting my love of photography. This was my first "artistic endeavor" and since cleaning out my art room I have stumbled upon some of my photography portfolios. I used to take black and white photos with a manual film camera. I will be incorporating my photography into my new poetry blog.
A few days ago I had a free day so I went to an antique mall and took pictures. This adventure was two-fold, not only was I polishing up my photography skills but antiques inspire me to write. Yesterday I saw this little elf-boy that I remember my grandmother putting out at Christmas, my mind then went back to what her house looked like and what my brother and I would do while we were there.
- I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go. I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures. I cannot believe it's been six years now! Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:1. Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic2. About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea3. I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while4. It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at onceWith all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!