You guys…. I painted three days ago. Then, two days ago, I did 3 doodles, and then…I did some pressed flower art. Where did this inspiration come from?
I used to be an active artist. I used to practice my craft at least one every week or two. Prior to this past Tuesday, it had been 8 months since I picked up a paintbrush or sketchbook. Art was previously my main source of a healthy coping mechanism and then I just suddenly was unable to do it anymore.
Yet, here I am, tracking the art supplies I’m getting for my birthday online. I’m planning on doing a review post of all of the items I was bought (thank you to my lovely partner, Austin, for the early birthday gifts) which will be a different type of post for my site that I am looking forward to.
I am amazed at how, what seems like out of nowhere, I was blessed with a burst of inspiration, creativity, motivation, and drive. I was able to actively work and focus and be happy. I am writing this post as a log of my gratitude for being able to get back into my artistic work.
What is it that I’ve picked back up again? Well, on Tuesday I worked on a sunflower painting (different than the one to the right) that a friend asked me for so long ago, that I’ll finally be delivering next Friday. I am so thankful for friends who understand when I need to take (excessive) breaks from what I am supposed to be doing. On Wednesday, I was able to pull out the sketchbook and markers and do some doodling. While my drawings were rough, I have to remind myself I haven’t practiced in over 8 months! I was not overwhelmed by disappointment or discouragement, like I usually would be with my own drawings. I also had a friend from work ask me to design a floral piece for her alter, using flowers found in nature. This idea is something I’d done before to decorate my own space, so I excitedly went on Wednesday night and bought some frames. I began flipping through my notebooks of pretty little things. I found the perfect collection of flowers and leaves to design her altar piece… it is in the works now.
I am writing this piece as a humble-brag, because I am proud of myself. I have been doing the work, trying the meds, going through workbooks and therapy… and finally I can see some light. It has not been easy and I know the struggles are non-stop, but I have some hope that I can continue to be myself and be the artist I want to be from this point on. I think it is wonderful.
Moving forward, I’d really like to hear from you guys on what types of writings you’re interested in from me in the near future, and what kinds of questions do you have (I love a good Q&A!)?
Also, see more of my doodles and creations below!
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