Your art should mean something. To You.
If you're a professional maker your art has to mean something to the client and the consumer. That takes a whole different thinking.
But if you're not --- then you're free. Free to do things for you since it only has to mean something to you. I don't mean 'only' as in you're not important. I mean 'only' as in it narrows who you have to make happy with what you create. No one gets to say whether it 'works' or doesn't. No one else gets a vote. You are free to enjoy it in your own way on your own terms.
We usually are happier with our art when it has meaning attached to it. When it has a message (even if hidden from others) that resonates with one's self. It also drives us a little more in the messy creative process to push through. Here's a case in point.
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Leila passed away at the same time Joseph was born. Then Sky passed away a little over a year later. They wanted us to raise Joseph "if anything happens to us." I brushed off the comment when they said it. Why would we even need to know? Until we did need to know. So at 50 we started raising Joseph full time. And even though I'd been a stay-at-home mom of 8 for 28 years, raising a child who's parents have died, one from complications of his birth, was going to be not only new to us but a potentially painful struggle for him in later years. So, I try to think of things that will reinforce his worth, his place and his life. To get across that he was wanted from before day one. He will struggle. We all do. But I want some of what I make to dust little bits of love over him. So he'll remember.
I don't know if it will mean anything to him, I hope it does. But even if it doesn't I made art that means something. To me.
Here's a simple DIY watercolor to PRINT • PAINT • CUT • TIE • PLACE. You can do it, kids can do it. It's quick and easy, even if you've waited for the last minute. For a short time the download will be available for free. After that it'll be available for sale in my shop.
#sunflowers all the day long. Talked about facing the new tools in my FB Live vid # 238 last night. ... when new tools appear new artistic possibilities arise. Bayles & Orlando - Same with life. #lifetools #coronavirus #covıd19 #watercolors #watercolors
From my Creative Life FB Live video last night I suggested baking something (it doesnt even need to be from scratch.) Just something that will fill your home with the warm air of comfort. Let the smell of comfort foods surround you with an emotional hug
WIP = Work In Progress. Arent we all! Do you cut up flowers? Its hard to but I do. I just learn so much about the particular flower when I do. Feeling like youre being cut up a little? Explore and find out a little about yourself. #watercolorwip #sunflo
If you want to connect while self isolating Im continuing my FB live vids at 8:30 pm Stockholm time. We talk Creative living current things and a little Swedish life. In the meantime roses lend a little beauty. #shannonsstudio #shannonchristensen #waterc
Sometimes when I look at drawing/painting something like this Im like but I try anyway. Makes me creatively stronger. Right? Berries are everywhere in Sweden. #shannonsstudio #shannonchristensen #watercolorberries #watercolor #watercolorflora #paint
Ummmm because peach peonies. Thats why. So much uncertainty going on in so many lives. Definitely a time when we need creative hearts and thinking. #shannonsstudio #shannonchristensen #watercolorpeonies #watercolorflowers #peachpeonies #mybestfriendsgard
I might have a thing for flowers. Tulips today. Staying in. Whats your fave stay indoors activity? #shannonsstudio #shannonchristensen #watercolorflowers #watercolortulips
I spent about an hour taking photos of ladybugs in the Fall just so I could sit one winter day and paint. Painting is a long game. #shannonsstudio #wip #shannonchristensen #watercolorwip #studiodesk #longgame #painting
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