One of the most common things I hear from people when talking to me about my art is, “I wish I could create like that,” or “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” Even at a creative’s networking event when I met an engineer who came to hear the speaker talk about AI and she said “I’m not a creative.”
The truth is, we are all creators. You know it when you were six, doubted it when you were eight, and by the time you hit ten you’d forgotten your love and need to create.
In this episode of the Modern Magic Podcast, I talk about coming back to your creative practice, solely for the sake of creating. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it doesn’t even need to be seen, but by allowing yourself the gift of creating you welcome yourself back home to your authentic self.
In this episode we talk about:
- Start anywhere with any creative endeavor
- Let go of other people’s opinions and perfection
- Give your practice a name.
- Share this gift and accept the compliments
- Protect it – make space for it, give it time to become what it wants.
- Stick with it. It gets hard, it won’t live up to expectations, and yet every minute with your creative practice is serving you.
- My realities of being a “full-time” artist
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About The Art
One of my favorite mediums to create with is soft pastel. It’s messy and colorful and reminds me of sidewalk chalk as a child. While I end up painting more images than anything, when I get. a chance to work with soft pastel it creates new challenges and provides unexpected results.
In this piece I worked on a 9×12 piece of pastel paper, which, while a great size for paint with tiny paint brushes, can be really hard with these thick stumps of chalky color. Getting into the fine details can be a real challenge, but it’s something I welcomed as a creative practice in creating the creator. (How many times can I say create in one sentence?)
When I think of an artist I think of someone who has a sense of style, someone a little out there and unconventional, but is confident in who they are and what they’re doing. The woman in this painting is that for me. She knows exactly who she is and doesn’t care what others think. She wants to experiment and be playful and shows her creative side within her styling. She doesn’t need a paintbrush in hand or a pottery wheel in front of her to show that she is a creator. It is a part of her essence, just like its a part of yours.
If you need a reminder of the creator inside of you, the one who loved to color, or build, or play as a child, then this painting is a perfect reminder to hang on your walls to come home to yourself. The creator is still in there, you just have to be willing to invite her out.
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Hang this painting in a place that will remind you to come home to your space and yourself every day.