I feel excited - like I'll burst of ideas. I need to create things today! Back in October - the moment I decided to change focus - the creative juices started to flow again. Ebb and tide. Pattern. Love it. Like it's crashing over me... I need to paint, to create, to write - to celebrate - to shout out about everything new again.
If I work backwards to explain... Originally, I wanted space to hammer out exactly how I would make the leap from full-time designer - to quarter-time designer and full-time artist -to make room for family life and long-term happines... That's the January 2007 plan. And, really - that was the inspiration for a blog. I know, to many people it seems like a step in a smaller direction - but, I've haven't been excited about a redirection in a long time. I don't design for the money. I do it for life. Life is changing now and I'm ready to head back to where I started - creating art. Painting. Drawing. Writing. Ah.... I am so excited.
Then came scrapbooking. I'm secretly captivated. It's not something I was interested in before - but, there are truly talented artists creating beautifully layered and textured images out there and it draws me in. The patterns and looseness. It pulls me. That brings me back to Ali Edwards. She used to be a full time designer - and now she created a better life. SO inspiring. I owe her a big thanks. I would never consider myself a 'crafter' - but, I will admit to experimenting with some photo book layouts digitally. I just put together a wedding album/collective for a gift for our parents this Christmas and I loved it. Shhhh. Everything is scanned and applied digitally. Just like work - only with reckless enthusiasm. Photoshop CS is one my closest friends. I sent the book (with the help from my mac savvy photographer friend, Ian Clark) to the Apple site to be created into hard cover books. Lickadee-split easy. So, in essence - I think I just created my first scrapbook. Weird. Feels weird.
Mostly, scrapbooking has reminded me of the loose and line-based art that I did when I was a kid. It's reminded to just get dirty - get messy - and get creating again. Seems, that's part of the pattern... getting excited, getting going, getting off track for a while and getting back to business.
Getting back to life.