Friday, March 18, 2016

Dissolving the Blocks

Breathing The Night

I've been struggling with another round of creative block and finally realized it earlier this year. It's funny how it can sneak up on you! You go through daily life and weeks or months go by before you realize that it's been ages since you came to the page (digital or otherwise) to create and play and dream. BAM! You're blocked! How did that happen?

The last time it was this bad, I went through Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" and found it effective in pushing the walls down for a while. Eventually they grew back. I'm probably always going to have to fight this – always have to keep an eye out for blocks and walls creeping up on me.

So, I'm going through The Artist's Way again, writing morning pages, doing exercise, repeating creative affirmations, mocking their mystic woo-woo-ness, even as I marvel at how impactful they can be. These two collages are the first full-blown digital art I've made in months. And I just now, putting them together on the same page, realized how night and day they are!

The hard work of being an artist continues. It's not all in the making of the art, either, but in the making of the person who makes the art. Stay tuned...

Balancing The Sun And Moon

Friday, January 1, 2016

Beginning, Again

Just like life, very much a work in progress

Happy New Year! I'm trying to find my way back into blogging and art-making, after a long hiatus full of busyness and work, depression and inner-demon-fighting, friends and travel and good things and bad things...all of it. You know, life.

I made three very special New Year's resolutions:

  1. Be active.
  2. Be brave.
  3. Become.

I'm wishing for magic and change and growth this year, although that last is something I try to work for almost every year. Awakening my inner Crow girl. And along the way, being braver about sharing stories and adventures and makings beyond my artwork. But lots and lots of artwork.

Come with me for the journey?