Creativity - How do I define myself?
|Mixed Media on Vintage High School Yearbook from 1932|
During my recent trip to Ghost Ranch, and the work shops I attended there, I can see that the way I want to go is not the path that I envisioned. It was a great experience, and one I will always cherish. I attend very few workshops, overall, and I don't take e-courses either. It's a time factor. I would rather be creating at this point in my life, I have very little time outside of my 40-hour workweek, and I choose to be creating and moving forward - if possible. So the time spent in a workshop environment is carefully chosen, and New Mexico was stunning. Money well spent. Now it is down to the business of creating.
Since I choose to forgo workshops and other courses I get my stimulus (or refill the soul) in two ways. Basically, I read a lot. Currently reading a book about Alice Neel - and Joan Mitchell. Both painters I can't seem to get enough of. These women painted all the time! They drew all the time. Also picked up ART TALK by Cindy Nemser - her interviews with women artists is amazing. And I look at a lot of art. I go to galleries, museums and follow artists on social media (mainly Instagram, as a visual platform).
Right now, I do my creative work whenever I can, in the early hours of the morning before I go off to my day job, in the evening if I can stay awake. And, on the weekends. Luckily, I have a studio devoted to creating - and I can go in at any time. I strongly urge you to have a space in your home that allows you to follow that creative life you know you need. Balance is everything. Family, day jobs, responsibilities - those aspects of who I am are there. I need those too. Want those. So I define myself with as much balance as I can muster. I am a creative.