Word for 2017

Every new year, I try to think of a word to guide me through the year.  Last year, 2016, my word was “Curious.”  This word constantly reminded me to stay curious in my art making. For example, I would ask myself things like, “If I take this paint, use this brush and paint it on this type of surface, what happens?”

This year my word is “Patience.”  This is something that is very difficult for me.  I am a very inpatient person with myself and others.  I want to be patient with my art and tell myself that it is okay if it takes me all year to work on my figure drawing.  Most of all, I want to be more patient with my family and others.  That is very important to me.

When I pick my word for the year, I will write it on rocks that sit on my art table in my studio, or on my desk.  I may create something, such as a bookmark, to remind myself of the word every night when I read at bedtime.

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I frequently use the word in my art journal throughout the year as well.

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If you have never chosen a word for the year, I suggest that you give it a try.  If you do, feel free to share!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Revving Your Creative Engine

Sometimes I really want to create but I just can’t get into the groove.  I have a few things that I like to do to try and rev my creative engine, so to speak, and thought that I’d share them with you.

Create a Ritual

You can create your own ritual before creating art in your designated creative space.  This can include lighting a candle or incense, turning on music, having an alter, meditating, etc.  There are so many possibilities.  I like to burn incense when I’m creating in my studio and listen to music.  The music varies with my mood.

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Search Social Media for Inspiration

I have several Pinterest Boards dedicated to art and inspiration for my art, such as interesting portraits and photographs, art journaling pages and art techniques.

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I also love watching art videos on YouTube for inspiration.  You can always watch some of my videos on YouTube and hopefully they will be inspirational 😉

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Clean Creative Space

One warm up that I use the most is cleaning up or organizing my art studio.  I will put things away that I had used previously, put away paint brushes or palettes that I left out to dry, etc.  I may do this for about 10 minutes and then I’m ready to create.

 Prep Backgrounds

Sometimes after I pickup around my studio, I like to work on backgrounds in my art journal or canvases.  Since I know that it is only the bottom layer, I feel less pressure to make something that I love.  This can be anything from adding gesso to pages in my art journal to creating a collage background on one of my canvases.

I hope that these ideas will help inspire you to create.  If you have any techniques or rituals that help get your creative juices flowing, I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by!