I believe in starting where I am at and with what I have in front of me. I believe and continue to work on the philosophy that everything I need, to accomplish what needs accomplishing, is right in front of my eyes. If I slow down and observe what surrounds me very often I can connect to this intuitive guide that propels me forward.
When I am stressed or negative or frustrated things always go awry. This doesn’t mean I can remove any of these feelings completely from my life simply by practising slow. I know my life is challenging, even at the best of times, and perfection does not exist - at least not within me. But, if I practise a slow, meditative, and intentional daily journey at whatever it is I want to achieve, I can usually accomplish what needs doing, for that day, inching me closer to achievement.
I have reached this place of slow, intentional and meditative living mostly through my struggles in creating art. Life is a great teacher reminding me to slow down and enjoy where I am at in this moment. But art and solitude, and living a slow life in both arenas has filled me with an energy, a drive, and a courage to continue on with art and with life.
Besides the fun aspect to creativity, there is work. Everyone knows, on some level, when you want to achieve something, there is always work, always tremendous effort going on behind every finished project, every single day. Some of my artful days have been spent entirely processing an idea or concept while fighting self-doubt on top of creating. Creativity is not just present in artists. Creativity lies within us all. Creativity is about ideas, concepts, thoughts, problem-solving and about self-expression in any forum where parts of us are shared with another. When I completely and wholly put my entire self into something creativity spontaneously is shared with someone, with everyone. Relationships are an example of shared spontaneous creativity.
I remember the days when I was a loyal Hallmark card person and I would send cards for the sheer joy of it. I believe it was in reaching out and putting pen to paper that got me to share a bit of my emotional side to someone I cared about. A card was a way for me to share some word of appreciation or love or just thoughts. At first it was hard and awkward. My words were jumbled in with too many feelings spinning, and just wouldn’t flow. Sometimes criticism got in my way and tried to stop me but then I realized it was the recipient that couldn’t embrace my expression of thought or emotion so I just continued sending cards anyway. Sending cards brings me joy. I will not sacrifice my experience of joy, never, not for anyone. Joy, like creativity dwells within, and art is one way to experience it.
As an experienced scrapbooker it was only natural I would move my crafting skill-set over to card-making. The tools and supplies warrant the practicality of it, so why not make some. It took me a while to scale down to card-making size but eventually I got the hang of it. Embracing stamping took more time, and I am still learning this varied art form after much practise and experimentation.
Making cards has been part of my creative life since 2010. I can’t seem to stop. I am interested in so many areas of art but I faithfully return to card-making as a constant practise. Cards can literally be made from any material. I know this to be true as I have made some fairly creative art cards from some very unusual materials.
Take Ten stamping magazine invites it’s readers to a challenge in every issue. The cards below are my submission to their “Lost & Found” challenge. I wasn’t really sure what that meant accept to say that I do know the word “found” in artist lingo can potentially be interpreted with paper and up-cycling paper in any form. So I gave it a whirl and these are the cards I came up for submission for possible publication. They were fun to make and my fingers remain crossed. I dream they will be included in an up-coming Take Ten issue. I try to create daily, share what I create, and then dream of what to create next. Each day I begin this process over as a meditative practise using only what is in front of my eyes as my indication of where to begin.