There is nothing like a batch of fresh new colour to motivate me...sigh. I've had a few busy days with meetings and finishing articles and budget planning as well as painting so it was a bit of a nice break to run into the city to pick up some art supplies for the library's art program this weekend, and a few things for myself (couldn't resist). There were so many things I picked up and put down again when I remember that I've either had the supplies before or that I really don't need them...I am not a jeweller or ceramicist or calligrapher or printmaker, but oh how I love holding the tools in my hands.
And the huge selection of sketchbooks. Oh my gosh I have to have major self control whenever I walk into an art supply store or a hardware store or a fabric store. Arts and crafts are definitely my addiction but several years ago I made myself a promise to focus. No matter what I've done throughout the years I always come back to paint. Love everything about it. Particularly acrylics. They're not intimidating, any mistakes can be painted over and I think the texture and pattern adds so much to the completed work. So naturally, that is my focus.
I was recently asked if I believed that everyone was creative. Yes. Definitely. But I do know that wherever I've lived I have always created a spot for me to work...in my first one bedroom apartment I hung plastic on the dining area wall and placed a couple of hooks onto it to hang canvases, in our second I used the extra bedroom, in our first home I set up a drafting table in the unfinished basement, in our second I set the drafting table in the bay window...I just knew I needed to have my supplies ready at all times so that I could get up early (still do) to paint before work or stay up later, however I could fit creativity in my life. So, yes, I do believe everyone is creative but I also believe that we each need to find that 'thing' that lights us up and make it accessible.
AIRdirondack Art Project