A little bit late but we still in January. Here is my ARTstirrer- combination of thoughts, images and inspiration with a sprinkle of humour. I added updates from Artlysing and this time gave myself a new title! If you missed December and November issues please click tag "Artstirrer"(right section of the main page) to take you to previous issues. Have a good January!
Art Journaling is becoming a stronger trend every year and more artists are offering new approach or insight into it. Number of techniques and supplies used is limitless and for the beginners is may even look terrifying with so much information to take on. My personal journey into art journaling went through different phases but somehow always leads to the same point- making it personal self-discovery and journey into places less travelled in my mind. Art journaling with yourself is like opening the book of possibilities, asking yourself questions and looking where creativity is taking you. Instead of that trend of creating "pretty, colourful and sweet" pages there is raw emotions, unexpected feelings and your visual emotional baggage. Give it a go...get to know yourself more!
We all know that saying "Listen to your heart- do what is says"- easier said than done of course! But one thing is listening to your heart and going through struggles of following it and another listening to your heart and not hearing anything! There are moments and situations when even our heart talk, the inner self doesn't speak, when we do not know what is says and where to go. I call my creative activity "artlysing"- the process when creation of art is doing its own work "artlysing" us- the creators. A little bit strange but I work on the concept that it is not always who creates in charge- kind of reverse of the whole process. We also can learn to listen to what art talks to us. This is a channel that enables me to hear what is too quiet to shout, what comes from a very, very quiet heart...So why we are not able to hear our own hearts sometimes?
People often ask creatives where and how do they find an inspiration or how to stay inspired. Well let me tell you that in my case there is no hypnotising staring for hours in art galleries (I woul be nice to have that time by the way!) or sitting and waiting for the muse to appear. Life itself (yes that sometimes rubbish, problematic, depressive but also joyful life) becomes pure and full inspiration! Daily struggle, people we know, people we watch, enemies and friends, our own struggles, nature, journeys- it all is a part of massive impulse to create. Yes there are tons of artwork as well so generously shared on social media that feed creativity - but that is not the only source.
I struggle with seriousness on all levels. Life seems so much easier to bear when there is some type of distance to yourself, play, fun and simple playfulness...In days filled with constant demands to behave like that and that, meet certain expectations and all that...where is the play? We lost the ability we possessed as kids where the joy of simple play and laughter accompanied the daily life. Creativity and playfulness are close sisters. Through playfulness we can let creativity fly in unlimited directions and thanks to creativity playfulness becomes meaningful.
Here we go- my second issue of ARTstirrer- monthly collection of images of my art, inspiration, words - all spiced with philosophical approach and sprinkled with humour:) If you missed November issue please click tag " artstirrer" on right hand site of the blog main page. Hope it can bring some positivity into your creative life and feel free to share! In this issue I added Pinterest selection and Talking Painting part. There is darker colour scheme and some wintery stars as well.
Happy creating in December!
Artstirrer and creative freedom fighter-Honorata;)
Small rebellious voice always been present in my life. As a child I used to deceive people with my look of simply "a good, well brought up girl". What was seen outside was definitely not what my mind was like. I always questioned certain concepts, preconceptions and wanted to know "why". Maybe that was the reason I found art journaling in old books so pleasurable - is that because I damage them against that controlled command "respect books, don't write in a book!"? Of course I respect them fully- just in a different way...my arty way. Do you journal in old books? Would be great to know. that I am not the only one with that kind of "disorder" ;)
If you are one of those creative people blessed with madness of constant visualisation you know what I mean saying that every day can bring an inspiration. I find seasons and natural changes in each month somehow worth remembering. Images that can hit your mind can be found everywhere from the park to bus station. It can be a found, random object (often called “rubbish or litter by some people;) but to you it has that colour, pattern, structure, reminds you of something…you name it. I decided to do this monthly, simple collection of my images and words that I find inspiring each month. Feel free to share or pin it. And with a hint of some humour I hope it will shake up your creativity a little bit. Happy creativity in November!