Almost a year ago, I decided to reach delve into my creative side and add a studio art minor.
Better late than never. I am so glad I did.
It has been such an exploration and journey as I find my own voice in tangible work. I have had a lot of opportunity to write but creative art is its own problem to solve.
Finding your voice and perspective in each project, is a puzzle in itself and certainly made me become more introspective along the way. There are several overall themes that I was constantly challenged by in each studio art class that I want to repurpose in 3 simple steps.
- Be Patient– this is almost always the solution. Working through a piece of art is like unwrapping a present. Be careful in case it’s breakable but have some fun ripping away the layers because the final product will be worth the wait.
- Be open-minded– let other eyes do the talking. Sometimes we forget to step back and see the bigger picture. We get so bogged down by the detail, often leading to an overworked painting. Sometimes less is more and when you are open to other advice, the solution may become simple and clear.
- Find your medium– whether that’s paints, pencils or food, find you passion and be creative. I learned a lot in the variety of mediums I was required to try, but most often I was surprised by what I rendered. Let me tell you, there were a lot of mediums. From paint to tree bark, I tried it all. And I failed sometimes but that is the beauty of art. Everyone fails and everyone finds their happy place. Whether it’s in the pages of a sketchbook or on a kitchen counter, we all have the verve to create.
I have learned a lot about myself along the way and have learned these simple requirements that make every artist better. But it is a creative process that is always churning and I am excited to be constantly inspired by creative works along the way.