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Friday, January 9, 2015

Your Creativity is Screaming to Get Out.

Unleash Your Creativity

You are creative!
LET IT OUT!

I truly believe everyone is creative.
Everyone has talent.

I encourage you to let your creativity work for you in improving:
your home,
your work place,
your life.

How can you do that?


  1. Don't be afraid to create something.  No matter if it's a great meal, try a new skill, decide on a new hobby, try quilting, gardening, crafting, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, painting, etc.
  2. Follow your heart.  If you have an idea of something you want to create or learn, start today and move in that direction.  Create for you even if you don't get great positive response in the beginning.  
  3. Perfect your process.  As you find the thing you want to learn or create, work on it.  Study it.  Practice. Practice. Practice some more.   
  4.  Share it! That can be a really scary part.  It makes you vulnerable.  It puts you out there.  But sharing it, when you're ready, is important for your growth.  You don't need to be a closet creative person.  I think when people come to the gallery to take a class, one of the scariest parts is the first few minutes of the class when they think they can't do it and they were foolish to try.  Another scary moment is when I either take a short video during the process or take the group photo at the end.  But, people enjoy seeing your success.  They want you to have success and so do I. 
  5. Enjoy YOUR success!  So what is your success?  To most people, creative success is learning something and then being able to do it all by yourself without a teacher standing right over your shoulder coaching you along.  I took a workshop several years ago from Dreama Tolle Perry in Carmel, IN.  I adore her work, but as soon as I got there, I started having doubts if I could paint in her loose colorful beautiful style.  I looked at everyone around me and was sure they were all better than me.  Well, I am more of a realistic painter so it didn't come naturally for me, but during the three days of the workshop, I worked and painted three or four small paintings.  When I came home I decided to paint one again to see if I could do it on my own. I named it Balcony Victory, because to me it was a victory that I could do it without her standing right next to me guiding every stroke.   
The painting at the beginning of this post is "Balcony Victory".  And it represents a victory to me.
 
Every artist, every creative has victories all along their journey.
Don't cheat yourself out of yours. 
 

5 comments:

  1. You have inspired me Sharon! I love the painting and also your post. I'm going to a Colley Whisson workshop in March, he is a fabulous impressionist artist and pretty famous. I have been feeling a little nervous even though I'm excited to be going, but after reading your post I'm going for a victory!!! Thanks:)

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    1. I so admire your work it's hard for me to wrap my brain around you might need inspiration or confidence also. Good luck on the work shop and looking forward to seeing your work from it. It just shows you we are all vulnerable. Thanks for posting.

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  2. Thank you for posting. Lovely painting.

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    1. Thanks Susan. Always appreciate comments.

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  3. Great post, Sharon, as always...and I applaud your Victory Painting! Your students as lucky to have you, and I don't mean just to show them how to apply paint to canvas...I'm sure they get a lot by being in your presence...

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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at slgraves6@gmail.com and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.