Monday, August 16, 2010

My Creativity Challenge for Summer

I have just purchased this incredible book entitled
Taking Flight
(Inspiration & Techniques to give your Creative Spirit Wings) 
 by Kelly Rae Roberts  
Now I have had it on my Kindle since April and was enjoying the read; but when I was in Borders last week I ran into the physical copy in the artist section.  It truly leaped out of the shelf and into my hands!!!
As I began to flip through the pages, the colors and photographs were stunning to me.  Now that my friends is something reading on the Kindle can't do for you! (There is a lesson for me, anything about creativity must not be read on an electronic reader, I need visuals!)
I have followed Kelly's blog for quite some time.  You can find her link right here on my blog, please take the time to check it out.  I find her to be delightful, whimsical and inspiring.  When I grow up as an artist,  I want to be just like her!
How incredible it must be to follow your creative dreams,  be able to do what you love all day long, inspire others and make a living at it at the same time!  She has reached so many with her artistic abilities, I love to look at her work.  Not only does she share with us her techniques, she also invites other artists into her book to share their techniques as well.  She promises the book is overflowing with inspiration and the book does not disappoint.
While reading her book this weekend, it came to me that I needed to challenge myself to create something each week for the remaining of summer. I wanted to do an exercise that inspired me from her book.  I have been intrigued with collage techniques for awhile now and wanted to incorporate the technique into my watercolors.
So starting this week, I am going to try to create something magically inspired from Kelly's book.  Along with my Creative Thursday E-course, I feel the creative juices are starting to flow.  I will challenge myself past what I am comfortable with.  
The time I spent taking care two very ill parents was a very difficult period in my life.  It took all of me just to get up in the morning and make it through another day.  My creativity dried up and the desire to be artistic completely went away.  I am sure many artists have experienced this scenario.  I am grateful for the lessons I learned and I now know that we must take the time to nurture our own creative spirit, even during the most difficult of times. 
I recognize that my inner artist now wants to come out and play.
I have been truly inspired and I anticipate where my art journey will take me.  I am grateful that there are artistic ones who are out there writing excellent books and beautiful blogs to inspire us all.  I encourage you to explore the wonderful teachers and instructors that are out there. You just have to be willing to be open and receive what they have to say.  Be willing to try something new and challenging.
I look forward to my first piece inspired by Taking Flight.  Thanks Kelly for inspiring me in such an easy and inviting way! I am sure there will be another blog post soon!