Sometimes life issues can stop us in our tracks but they can also give us the space to really evaluate what the most important things in our lives are!!
In April I signed up to repeat Nicholas Wilton’s Creative Visionary Program, CVP, for a second time, I learnt so much (as a beginner) last year but this time I really want to dive deeper into myself and evaluate my innermost thoughts and desires, to produce authentic work that speaks to others, as well as me.
Then I has an accident on the stairs and broke my leg, just a week before the course started. So I had to re-evaluate my priorities, firstly and most importantly I needed to keep making my art, so with the help of my friend, I’ve set up a temporary studio downstairs. I’ve limited my supplies to sketchbooks, collage papers, drawing supplies (no paint as it’s my hubbys study) but I did add white and black acrylic, he doesn’t know that though!!
Not being able to paint, as my studio is upstairs, has allowed for a lot more time for thought and refining of my true inspiration and desires. I’m changing my inspiration source from last year, which was family textile treasures, to challenge myself to make different work.
This year I’m looking at the things that give me the most joy in my life, such as my personal collection of treasures including the emotions and stories associated with them. I’m hoping to shift the emphasis towards a simpler visual composition, with a more restricted design, although my inner voice may think otherwise!0
I have to admit I’ve been struggling to get myself painting for the course but I’ve now realised that I should work within my restrictions, so I’m going to stop being so frustrated and be kind to myself, so until I’m free of my boot and mobile again, I’m going to work in a sketchbook, which will relieve the unnecessary pressure I’ve been putting on myself.
I hope you’ll follow my journey, as I post my progress over the next 12 weeks
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I really enjoyed reading your post Anne. And very pleased to hear that you’re finding ways to move forward with your art… fantastic! Have you thought about one of those concertina sketchbooks? They’re a really good visual “journey” diary. Just a thought. I look forward to following. Xx
Thank you Maggie, I have got two concertina sketchbooks on the go and a blank one too. My thinking was that if I produced something good I could tear the page out and frame it, but having said that a concertina would be good, once I get back in the flow x
I am pleased you are managing to carry on doing your art with your sketchbooks.
I love reading your words and seeing your work and I really will help you with your workroom in time for when you have your boot off and can get up stairs more easily. X
Thanks Lyn, I appreciate all your help these last six weeks x
Courageous and wise woman!
Thank you, wise but not really courageous!!