Revisiting the Create Discovery Project
Back in January, I hatched a plan, called the Create Discovery Project, to ensure that I didn’t let my artistic nature fall to the wayside. I had neglected it for far too long and I give this blog full credit for putting me back in the right mindset to want to create again.
I don’t think that being an artist is something that ever leaves you but I think that everyone goes through different moments in their lives when the ability to turn nothing into something becomes more difficult to do. I’m a firm believer that being creative is a skill. It’s like any other muscle in our body or any other thing that requires practice and dedication in order for it to flourish.
Being dedicated sounds almost obligatory and there not very many “fun” things come to mind when you think of things that are required of you. Still, I think that if you love something enough it won’t matter if it’s required or not. You’ll take every opportunity to pour your energy into it and make the best of the time you have with it.
With this in mind, I created the Create Discovery Project. Every now and then I’ll give an update about my personal journey reconnecting with my artistry and the ups, downs, and regular struggles that come with trying to maintain a fulfilling creative life alongside life’s everyday responsibilities.
For today’s feature, I thought I’d take you through the process of a recent painting I did. When I paint I typically pick a few colors and just start. Each brushstroke informs the next and I very rarely have an idea of how I want the painting to look before I begin. It’s always fun to see how it turns out and how the different layers add depth to the overall look.
Personally, I’m a fan of texture and I like being able to run my fingers over a finished piece and feel each bump a groove. It adds character and has a very human quality to it.
I’m all for the digital revolution, I sell custom work, digital prints and various items with my prints on them but it doesn’t compare to a physical product that you can feel the makers energy in. It’s why people like receiving packages in the mail or why I like getting a hand-written note in the mail. It just feels more personal.
This particular piece is a work in progress but I’ll definitely share the finished product on Instagram so check-in there, or in the #creatediscovery hashtag, to see how it turned out!
What do you think of the create discovery project?