Creativity heals & helps us be happy
After being creative as a child and teen, I finally gave up making art after a college art course. There was no joy in it and it made me hate and stop creating.
My life and family grew along with its demands. It was getting hard. I knew I needed to balance the giving with some getting. I took some art classes. It was different this time, like a breath of fresh air. Creating became a lifestyle. Until the day everything changed.
Our oldest, Leila, spent her first nine days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and almost exactly 28 years later we spent a week with her in the hospital watching her die. Leila died and left a son.
My heart broke into a million pieces and sorrow became my new normal. I cried everyday and it went on for months. I was doing all the tasks of the day but I didn't feel joy anymore.
One day my husband Allen felt inspired. Our rental house became vacant so he asked if I wanted to use it as a studio. It seemed like such a small thing but at that moment my heart skipped a beat. An excited, creative heartbeat. One that I thought had died with my daughter.
There's something in the creative process that heals and helps us stay healthy and happy. Subconsciously, I'd always known and felt that all my life. I just hadn't recognized creativity's worth.
You have a creative heartbeat,
listen for it
My life experiences lead me to believe that everyone is born creative in some way, shape of form. Everyone has an inner artist. For example, when people find out I'm an artist, a painter in particular, they continue the conversation with, "You ought to paint..." then they describe an image they have in their mind. It happens All. The. Time. I often wonder why they don't create their image. When I ask them why they don't paint (or draw, sculpt, write, or form) that ideas they are ready with the answer that school/society has brainwashed them with...
"I'm not creative!"
How many times have you heard that? Or said that? Over time we either embrace or abandon that thought. I've done both.
In my mind creativity and art are not the same. Creativity is the power to create, to bring something to life. The something made, the end result, is the art. The art is where we get caught up comparing our images to others and that stops us. When we enjoy the process of making we come to life. We remember something innate in ourself - that we were born creative. No one ever really lives until they venture to be creative.
= LOOK WHAT WE CAN DO
There is sheer joy in making
There is sheer joy in making something. But there's also frustration, self critiques, risk, and do-overs. It's like life.
A lot of us stop being creative when we hit the frustrating part. I've been there and remember that.
I also remember how a big creative project brought joy back into my life after my daughter died.
That's why I teach. I need art. You need art. Everyone needs to make something. And I can help do that.
Creativity is a big, wonderful, life-building process. When you've created something that you can hold up and say,
"Look What I Made!"
you come alive!
At Shannon's Studio I bridge the creative gap from where you are to where you want to be. I've broken down art, craft, sewing and quilting projects into bite-sized bits. Join me and we'll have a creative journey together.