Do you often read about pages on blogs of artists and creatives where the artist discusses how creative and artistic she's been all her life? Always coloring and drawing and her mom even needed to stop her from coloring all over the walls. Well, my mom also needed to stop me from doing that but, not because I was an artist.
I never thought of myself as an artist. As a matter of fact I was not an artist.
It's actually only very recently that I even started calling myself an "artist". I don't think its too late for me even though I am a Grandma already. Grandma Moses, that well known folk painter started painting in her 70's so I have at least a 20 year head start on her. I think maybe I'll call myself Bubby Faigie (Bubby is the Jewish term for Grandma)
So if I don't have that qualification as an artist from birth...what ARE my qualifications? I'm glad you asked.
My personal art experiences have ranged from being an avid pupil in my 9th grade art class (the only art class in my educational history) and taking a number of random art classes in continuing education programs over the years to always salivating in art stores from all of the luscious art materials that I was dying to use but, had no idea what to do with.
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, received my masters in Early Childhood Education many years ago and spent time as a kindergarten teacher and then pre-school director. I always put lots of emphasis on the importance of art for children getting the children to do art and crafts that was creative instead of doing what I call copycat crafts. In the past few years I even started a website for children's art called Edu art 4 kids and became an elementary school art teacher. I always tell anyone that asks that you do not have to be an artist to be an art teacher.
I'm a big believer in destroying well known art myths,namely that.....
I actually believed those myths for a while and it gives me great pleasure to ensure that my students do not.
So for years I was doing art with kids. I wasn't doing any of my own art...because as I said, I wasn't an artist and I had no idea what to do with any of those materials.
A little while back I took a course to work on my children's art website and was encouraged to start a creativity website for adults. Interestingly enough it had always been in the back of my mind that what I wanted to do one day was to help adults who felt uncreative, tap into their natural creative potential.
It was through my research I stumbled across this new phenomenon called mixed media. It didnt take long for me to be hooked.
A new addiction began: First came the book buying. I started out by taking books out of the library but, many of the ones I wanted were not in the library so I HAD to start buying them on Amazon. I loooove books on mixed media and there are many. Here an image of a large part of my collection. (still growing)
Along with the notes from these books and the ones from the library books I had as well I now had bulging notebooks with tons of ideas.
I wasn't doing any art yet, just taking notes.
Then I had to actually start "doing" the stuff I was reading about....it wasn't so easy making the transition but, once I did came the next part of the addiction. Art supplies. This addiction is quite dangerous and quite a bit more expensive than the books.There are also endless art supplies to buy.
Rich, colorful paints, creamy pastels, supple brushes, gorgeous inks, sparkly collage papers...the possibilities are endless, especially if your pockets are deep. ( mine are not). I knew there had to be a way to start supporting this addiction. (I'm thinking of starting a 12 step program for people like us)
So until my 12 step program is up and running :), I actually recently found one way to help support my addiction and to help get others addicted.
Have you heard about those new paint night events that are all the rage? An artist gets a group of adults together for a night out to copy the exact painting that s/he has created...Well! Since this totally goes against my philosophies I have started my own brand of creative art parties, where women (or kids) get to do creative projects without copying anyone's exact picture. Check out the different projects I've done so far at my art parties. (Of course, these are only if you live within driving distance of my abode)
Aside from these art parties I also began to try out all the ideas I had taken notes on and you can see a sampling of some of my work in the collage below.. Some of these are featured on my blog in the category ideas to inspire and ALL of the rest are posted on my instagram account @creativityreginited .
I have also now embarked on this blog to help YOU become the creative person you wish you could be. (Or at least just lower your stress level, rejuvenate and have some fun).
So what do you think? Are you ready to join me in reigniting your own creativity?