I've always had this story for whatever reason that I'm not good at making things with my hands. Just stick to the digital stuff, you don't have the coordination to make real tangible artwork! Your hands are too shaky. You don't have the talent! Your handwriting is just awful. These are the stories that were in my head.
Almost two years ago I had this strong desire to start making things with my hands. I decided to drop this story because I really needed a creative outlet outside of my design job that wasn't digital. Part of it was that I needed something completely different that was for me and not a client and the other part of it was that I was getting really bad migraines and any personal creative work that required extra time on a computer screen needed to be seriously reduced. So I found a weaving class and fell in love. And then a macrame class and got super obsessed. Finally this year I decided I wanted to try this painting thing and I kind of feel like I've found my thing. Well okay I've had a lot of things that were my thing (photography, design, macrame, vintage, dance parties, duct tape wallets circa 2002 haha) but painting is a thing I feel like I could do something big with. There is so much to learn and create and experiment with. It feels kind of limitless and full of possibilities more than anything I've ever done.
So I'm extremely excited to continue to pursue painting and making things and really wanted to encourage anyone else who has a thing that they are dying to do but have some sort of story telling them they can't do it to just do it! Just try the thing. Pursue the thing hard if you have any inkling it's meant to be your thing. Take on a 100 day project and do the thing for 100 days! Or maybe don't go that gung ho and just set a smaller goal for yourself. Maybe it's a class you can take to get you started or just a small personal project you want to create. Whatever it is you owe it to yourself to at least try. You seriously have no idea the abilities and talents you have within yourself until you try!
2017 was the first time I called myself an artist. Which is pretty funny because it's been obvious to everyone else but for whatever reason I didn't think I could call myself that until this past year. So my question to you is, who are you? And what magic and wisdom is inside of you that you need to share with the world?