I’ve been feeling a bit stuck lately, in the ‘creative’ writing area- this is a different part of writing, different from blog writing, and from article and essay writing; its where my stories and poems come from, even from where the weird stuff sometimes appears!
I decided that instead of forcing it, I would help it, let it ‘go’, let it breathe, let it ‘be’ what it is. If it wasn’t coming I decided that its ok, it obviously isn’t meant to at the moment.
The creative outpouring is powerful, when it happens, lately it isn’t coming- I wonder if its because I’m blogging a lot? Could be. Oh well, that’s whats important at the moment, that’s what IS coming out! So let it flow.
But I’m missing that creativity, being in the space where it quiet and meditative.
Then Jeanne Treloar of http://www.witchwords.com was talking about her creative outlet, Pastels, and I remembered I’d seen a newsletter with a class starting called Foundations of Drawing’ so i took this as a bit of a sign (cos I’m quick like that!).
What an amazing class! Carolyn Sheather www.sheatherart.com/ the teacher/tutor/mentor/funny/inspiring, took us (sometimes by the hand, sometimes kicking and screaming, by the scruff of the neck!!) gently, kindly, through the basics of Drawing, from the very beginning of how to hold a pencil, to the paper to use, shade, tone, shape,etc etc.
I was/am blown away!! Love it, love it!!!
Then the class ended, just like that! No more!!
She suggested I join the Pastels class on a Friday morning, so (kicking and screaming) I agreed to ‘give it a go’, and, guess what? I haven’t looked back.
I’ve even embraced the Dragon of Self Doubt’, that moment when you’ve blocked in the colours- ‘generally dump the colours where they approximately go and then they need shoving around’ to quote Carolyn!) and, ‘Yikes, now what?!’ screams at you-thats the Dragon breathing down your neck!! Carolyn steps in and guides/suggests/shows you what to try next!!
Now I bring a saddle with me for that Dragon. So when he appears, I throw it on him and ride off into the sunset- or rather, into the creative horizon of shoving colours, blending darks and slowly revealing the picture appearing from beneath the fibres of the page.
Do you have another creative outlet? What is it, and did you find it?
I’d love to hear your story!
Thanks for reading 🙂