creating with continued intention
Thank you Heather. Your beautiful writing is a lovely way to get into the art of my day. As you well know, I am currently attempting to integrate art into my daily life - in a very different way. As an art teacher, I would always be on the lookout for what might spark joy for my students. It has been a long year of moving away from looking through the eyes of others - to looking through my own eyes. What sparks joy for me? You are so right - solitude and slowing down are key. The exploration is delicious and I look forward to figuring my next steps of art making out in the world.
I retired a couple of years ago and only now am I settling in to making art every day with the goal of improving my skills as well as expressing myself. I have sold a few pieces in the past but I have decided to forgo the exhibition route because I just don’t have the energy to pursue it. That may change at some point but for now it is enough to immerse myself in the play of mark making.
Well I have to say I have been picking away at this for many years. Art has been a major chord in the music of my existence. Sometimes it’s been quite or taken on another form but it will not be silenced and it has returned in full force, to make up for lost time. I look forward to the days I can rise and slow the pace and hope they arrive. I still try to make art that sells. I just don’t have the space to keep it all, but it’s ever changing and suits my whim. Marketing it out to other worlds would be a great load off my shoulder. Only so much can sell here, sadly. Thank you for this great opportunity to be part of a community of similar souls!❤️
Hello there, this really struck a chord as I am fast approaching a cross roads in my life and I’m looking forward to having the time soon to just pause and think.
I really enjoy reading your posts, many thanks 😁
Thank you! Great comments and I would love to hear more about your marketing strategies.
Hi, well you hit a nerve! I also came into this game later in life. As I age( almost 70!) I find it harder to push for recognition etc. but I think I still want it. Mostly I create to please myself but it really is lovely to get a pat on the back and maybe a sale occasionally. I find myself often conflicted and doubtful.
Wow! It’s always so wonderful to find someone who has had a similar art journey. I’ve been rethinking so many of my expectations with what actually feels in line with my spirit. I find that hard decisions are a “no” for me and I want more fluidity in how I move forward. I show up as I can and to be consistent in my fluidity!😊
I am an inconsistently consistent art maker. I too came to art in my forties and did a stint as a gallery artist, thinking that was how I wanted to make a living. I have come to realize that I don't much care if people outside of my intimate circle see/like my work. The process is what nurtures my soul.
I too am an early morning riser, often due to my terror (terrier) and love that this is the first thing I read this morning. Thank you Heather.
Hi Jane and welcome! So good to hear you are making art daily - that’s a huge achievement in itself ! I know the exhibition and gallery route can be exhausting - mentally and physically !!I hope you will check
Out our “artist jetpack newsletter too for tips and ideas about experimenting with different ways to show and sell your art .. also thanks for joining this community !