I can fly...
my background is inked with adirondac brights, the white is stamped and heatembossed, I distress inked and glued down some pieces of newspaper, I inked the egg, from paperscraps on flickr, to match the background. The supercute girl is from moonlightimages (see the link on my sidebar 'where I get some of my images').
I choose the theme 'I can fly' cause that's how making art makes me feel... Using my creativity gives my heart wings to make my soul soar :) It just means so much to me, it's a little piece of heaven.
I don't need to make masterpieces, or be a world famous artist, or even to sell my art. What's important is to create. Not that I'm not happy if you appreciate what I create, I cherish every single word of positive feedback, no doubt about it.
But like so many others, I started making art in private, for my eyes only. It starte one day, when I decided I didn't matter anymore, if anyone liked what I created, I decided I didn't even have to show it to anyone, It didn't need to meet anybody elses standards, I didn't need artschool, or somebody to call what I made 'art', I just wanted to create... and on that fine day my soul just opened up and set my mind free and my art was born... and ever since, art to me, has equaled spreading my wings and fly... hence this weeks theme, I can fly...
Sometimes, when all the practical stuff like earning money, paying bills, cleaning house etc, etc, get's in the way of making art, it feels like something important is missing, my wings are not there... And when I get back into my studio it seems I always have to go through creating something I'm not happy with, before I get into the flow, I guess it takes a little while for my wings to unfold and my heart, mind and soul to connect, to create something that gives me the right feeling, the happy good feeling.
I don't often use my art to express pain, anxiety, frustration, I tend to prefer writing for that purpose, not that there's anything wrong with using visual arts to express those sides of life. I Love that art is helping so many to get through their struggles and hard times. Art, I believe, is a healing force. We can heal and recover by expressing ourselves through art. And we can heal through the art of others....
But for now, my art is a result of feeling in tune with my innerself, feeling happy, childlike, curious and free, as if I can fly... and if somebody can see a little piece of happiness in what I make, and that makes them feel just a tiny little bit better, then I'm forever grateful, cause then my wings has not only taken me for a feelgood ego trip, but has let me share my happiness with someone:)
I hope you find the time and inspiration to come and fly with us over at WS this week, I'd love to see where your wings takes us :)
Blessings, hugs and smiles,