Here is this weeks Truth card that I am finishing…or rather redoing, because there is not really that much of the old card that remains.
When I drew this card out I was not sure what I was going to do. I painted out the background with some white and hoped inspiration would hit.
It didn’t. This is where I am glad to have a blogging schedule of some kind now because it acts like a deadline and forces me to act, when before I may have procrastinated and waited for inspiration to hit (which it may never have done). So…knowing I had a deadline coming up I knew I had to do something on the card.
While I was reading (and procrastinating a bit more) I had this wave of inspiration. I had recently seen this video by Tammy, and I had been wanting to try it, so I figured I would do it on the card. Since my base coat was acrylic paint, I put some clear gesso over it, to give the card some tooth so the watercolour would work, and also to protect the text a bit more so that I could blot it down a bit if I wanted to.
I am not thrilled with my mandala, I want to get better at them, but I am happy with the card, and pushing though one of my previous bad habits. Structure and routines are leading to much more creativity.
It brings to mind something I read last night. I have had this book by Austin Kleon on my kindle for a longish while but have not gotten around to reading it. I began last night, it is a short though punchy read so I am nearly finished. In one of his chapters, and I had a brief look right now, and I can’t find it immediately so I hope my paraphrasing is roughly correct.
Essentially he said that while blogging and the internet can be about sharing your finished work, it can also be about the process and snippets, and the dots. And you can let people connect those dots however they please. That is I think what I want this space to be about. My dots, and sometimes that will be finished works and sometimes what inspires me, but essentially my dots, and hopefully there is value to another somewhere in how they connect them.
Also that point while mentioned is not what I actually was intending to paraphrase (truly I got a lot out of the book that is busy percolating in my head clearly), but what I wanted to say was that your online space and blog can be motivating in and of itself to our creative work. It can push you in the need to create to post about it. To give you something to post. You can think of our blogs as containers that need to be filled, and the work we do is what we fill it up with and it can inspire and motivate our work, in a big cycle. This space can act as the motivation for creating work, as the need to finish this card led me to doing a watercolour mandala today when I was absolutely stuck for what to do for a good few days.
Essentially that is what he said…but a lot crisper and better written. I recommend the book even though I have not yet finished it…in case you were wondering. :)