What sparks your creativity?

Hi Friends,

I know it’s been awhile, things got a little bit hectic for me these past few weeks.  I am preparing to leave for Kentucky on Thursday morning for a StenciGirl and Friends art retreat where I will be attending some fabulous classes with some of my favorite artists…. MaryBeth Shaw, Traci Bautista, Seth Apter, Pam Carriker and more.  I will also be teaching a pop up demo there myself so, life has been moving at lightening speed for me.  I promise to take lots of pics and if I have time I will post some here in the evenings just to share what’s going on with all of you.

This leads me into today’s post…… What Sparks your creativity?

Knowing the answer to this will help you when you have a creative block.  So now I bet you are asking …well Yeah but how do I figure that out?  Well it just so happens I have some tips to help you figure that out.

If you are like me there is nothing worse than sitting there with that blank sheet of paper in front of you and having absolutely nothing creative come to mind.  And yes I have read all those online posts about throw some paint on to the paper – just start – don’t worry about what you make – yadda yadda yadda, I’ve read them all.

And the truth is none of those things have worked for me.

And I do care what my paper looks like

And throwing paint on a sheet of paper does not spark my creativity.

In fact all those things frustrate me more because when I try them and then don’t work well it’s down right disappointing and again if you are like me you are asking yourself at this point – ok how does this stuff work for everyone else.

Well the truth is maybe it works for some but it doesn’t work for everyone, like I said it doesn’t work for me.

And if you think that because I can put out nice looking art that I don’t get creative block – HA!  WRONG.  I get it, many times.  So here is how I have figured out FINALLY what sparks my creativity.

I pay attention.  Yup it’s that simple.  I pay attention when I am in a creative mood and I notice what kinds of things spark my creativity.  I make notes, I keep a journal, sometimes even take pictures and that allows me too find my way back to my creativity when I have lost it.

Below I share with you things that work for me but again, we are not all alike so what works for one does not always work for everyone, so I encourage you to pay attention to yourself, be mindful and take notes.

One thing that works for me is cleaning things out – not always just my art room but any room in the house, closets, cupboards etc.  Why does something like this help me?  Well although I’m not completely sure I think it is the fact that It helps my mind concentrate on something else.  It’s busy work and allows lots of movement which is a lot different from when I’m sitting and creating.

Another thing I do is take lots of walks – especially during different times of day when I normally wouldn’t and I try to notice the world around me, the sites, the sounds, the smells, the colors.  I try to stimulate my other senses to spark that creativity.  I don’t try to force it I just relax and enjoy myself getting out of my usual environment always makes me feel refreshed and renewed.

And finally this last one may not appeal to everyone but when I’m in a creative rut I love to cook.  Sometimes channeling my creativeness into the kitchen helps me just feel better and refreshed. I love to create new dishes and lots of times just doing something totally different yet creative helps me tremendously.

Share in the comments your ideas, tips or things that help you.  If it helps someone else or gives someone that creative spark again it’s so worth the share!!

Now I’d like to share with all of you what I’ve been up to creatively.  I’ve been working in my art journal and a new watercolor journal. I have decided to take this new watercolor journal and turn it into a true visual journal where I take notes with tips and techniques that I learn along the way in watercolor and I will also be adding personal bits of my learning experiences and things that have gone on each day.

So here I have created my own little mix of colors, I was feeling the need for some deeper fall colors and since I didn’t have quite what I was looking for I just mixed up a little palette.

and well it is getting to be almost pumpkin time here so thought I would do a little watercolor practice on some pumpkins. So above I have the traditional orange and below some fun Teal / Turquoise.  I love to do things like pumpkins because they are a simple easy shape to draw which allows me more time to practice watercolor painting techniques and shading – color blending and layering.

and lastly I want share one of my art journal pages I created.

Thanks so much friends for stopping by and sharing your time with me!  Hope all of you have an amazing rest of the week, I will be back soon with pics from the retreat!!

xoxo – Sherry

 

Weekend Happenings

Good Evening friends I just wanted to pop in and say hello.  I hope everyone has had an amazing weekend.  I have been totally cleaning out and over hauling my art studio at home. I have just felt the need to get it organized and more to my liking.  See my video below for my progress 🙂

And this happened this weekend.  For the longest time I have had my trims in bins where I had to dig through bags of them to find what I wanted.  This weekend I took the time to take smaller pieces of my favorite ones and wrap them around a tag so I could put them in of of my favorite wire bins where I an easily find what I want when I’m creating.  This was a HUGE undertaking but now that it’s done I not only have easy access to my favorite trims I totally love how they look on display in my studio.  Yummy colorful inspiration!!

 

Saturday morning Dan and I made our way to the farmer’s market as we often do for fresh fruits and veggies.  Okay they also have the most amazing fried dough so that might get me up out of bed early on a Saturday to go to the market as well, but I’m not telling (lol).  Well this week they had some beautiful Sunflowers and my husband bought me a bouquet of 6 gorgeous sunflowers.  They are my most absolute favorite flower of all time,    and I have painted many sunflower paintings including the one that is available in my shop here

 

I had a little time Friday evening to do some painting.  I have totally fallen in love with the Jane Davenport Watercolors.  Being new to watercolors I do not know a lot about the difference in brands but I can say that her’s are luscious, blend amazing and have a lot of pigment!

Well my friends it’s getting late going on 10pm here so I should wrap it up, I’m going to have a glass of wine and relax with my sweet hubby for awhile before going to bed.  Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter here

So I leave you with one final thought as we approach a new week ahead:

how beautiful a blank page can be as we can start fresh, start over and start a new.  Fear not the blank page but yet Embrace it and the beautiful new week ahead, where you can paint your days any color that you wish.  Have a beautiful evening friends!

xoxo – Sherry