A drive in the country culminating in a visit with Karen Gimbel at Bluerock Gallery is always a balm to my soul. It's been a few difficult weeks so this was a perfect day to refresh and replenish. Just being in the gallery and finally getting to see Justina Smith's work live (I've been following her online for awhile) was a real treat.
I also took some time to pop into The Stop Coffee House in Black Diamond for a delicious homemade cinnamon and carrot muffin (yum) and enjoyed some of my newest little read, Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. I really enjoyed his previous book, Steal Like an Artist, and so I have been looking forward to this one, too. A few of the chapter titles intrigued me...Think Process, Not Product...Share Something Small Every Day...Don't Turn Into Human Spam. I always enjoy the author's perspective and his honest and down to earth perspective on life as an artist.
In both his books, Kleon reminds us as artists to be ourselves and to discover our own path. That in trusting ourselves and following our own personal interests, while nothing is really original, we will find our own voice. And isn't that what creativity is all about?