Thursday, July 24, 2014

bringing me joy

This week I've been devouring Juliette Crane's newest online class, Abstracts & Backgrounds. I am loving it. It is exactly what I need right now, as I struggle with getting my creativity back. It is simple and messy and loose.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

thoughts on 26

I have been creatively lost lately. I have had no desire to create things. I turned 26 last weekend, and I haven't made a list for 26. 
I've been spending a lot of my energies on organizing my life. Decluttering. Cleaning. Trying to simplify. It is a hard process and something that I am not naturally very good at. Perhaps there is a feeling that if I can streamline my life there will be more energies for living a creative life. Perhaps I feel that if I declutter enough, there will be more space in my life for the things that make my heart sing. 

I have decided to not make a list of 26. My goals and priorities seem to change so much throughout the year, that by April I feel like I have to rush and cross all these things off a list that doesn't inspire me anymore. 

Here is my 25 list and what I managed to accomplish. 

1.                 improve my 5k time
2.                 Take a drawing class
3.                 explore a new city
4.                 go surfing
5.                 make real hot cocoa
6.                 drink sangria
7.                 make salad dressing from scratch
8.                 Take a staycation
9.                 Get a design *out there*
10.               do something spontaneous – I’m counting my octopus tattoo, which was not planned, or drawn in advance.
11.               do yoga daily for one month
12.               read seven deadly sins  - I read about half of it, and that’s enough for me. I’m getting rid of it.
13.               make a fire
14.               declutter studio – Well I did a bit of decluttering, but more is needed…soon
15.               slip n'slide
16.               paint a big canvas
17.               make ice cream
18.               clean out my closet
19.               screenprint something
20.               chinup – Well technically, I still can’t do a chinup. But I did swing upside down from the flying trapeze.
21.               draw a self portrait
22.               finish my quilt
23.               ride a bike
24.               live with less
25.               grow something – I did grow something. Mould, but I don’t think that counts. 

I did get inspired enough to make this little birdy stamp this week. And I'm quite smitten with him. And my heart sang. 
For now, I'm happy with that.