Sunday, July 10, 2011

What's your inspiration? The fire in your belly?

Yesterday Elin Noble was the guest speaker at the Contemporary Quiltart Association meeting. She was as lovely as her gorgeous textiles!

What is her primiary source of inspiration? Her mother and her upbringing living around the world. It made me think, what is my inspiration? I think my inspirations change - seeing new techniques, new insights into different art, but underlying it all is the creative environment I grew up in. My mother was always creating - sewing garments, knitting, crocheting, floral arrangements, and anything else she could find to keep her hands and mind busy! Similar to Elin, I was raised overseas - with interesting cultures and colors.

I enjoyed her sharing that when she looks at a piece, she asks herself 'what part of this puts fire in my belly'? This is something I need to do more often. What is it that makes me passionate to continue? What is 'ho-hum'? And quit trying to make pieces 'work' that don't give me that fire in my belly. When I'm working on a piece that gives me that fire, I am inspired, work on it every day without having to push myself. I need to give myself permission to let the other pieces 'go' and spend the small amount of time I have on my art, with the ones that put fire in my belly.

What gives me the fire in my belly? When I work with great, bright, cheerful colors . . . adding a bit of glitz and texture with beads, threads, yarns and other embellishments.

Today, it is time to put away those pieces I've been trying to 'get to work' and work on something that puts fire in my belly!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Play, release and create

I haven't posted in a really long time - over a year. It's been on my to-do list for a long time. Yes, I have been busy creating, just not posting.

Today, I wanted to share a link to Austin Kleon's post about being creative. This is so inspiring to me, and I wanted to share, and post it as a reminder to me when I'm feeling overwhelmned and not creative.
http://www.austinkleon.com/2011/03/30/how-to-steal-like-an-artist-and-9-other-things-nobody-told-me/#more-11336

My key takeaways today are:
1. Play . . . just take time to play. Try someone else's technique, and put my own spin on it. Combine techniques that I haven't together. There is no such thing as original art - it's all been done . . . it's just how I might do it!
2. If I don't like working on a project, don't! Release it and move onto something I like, have fun.
3. I need to update my blog and enter shows. My quilts deserve more than just being rolled up in a corner of the room!
4. Love the reminder to 'be nice' - it is one of my mottos. The world is very small, and the internet makes it even smaller . . . it takes less effort to be nice and keeps everybody happy!
5. Be boring - what a great way to phrase this! My day job gives me the resources to be creative. A great reminder to take care of our health, so we have the energy and time to do the things we really want to do. Working on projects a little every day, and they can be accomplished!
6. Creativity isn't just the things I choose to do, it is also the things I choose not to do . . .

Today will be a day to release the projects that have been sitting there that I really don't want to do, and focus on the ones I want to get finished!