Last May, I decided that I needed a break from years of sitting behind the computer working as a graphic designer. I had always wanted to be a serious artist but I lacked the experience and confidence.
Then, I ran out of my usual podcasts and started searching for something for creatives. Well, I found a few really good ones. I also indulged in a few books on Audible. I listened to "War of Art" and "Do the Work" by Steven Pressfield, "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert," On Writinng" by Stephen King, Art &Fear by David Bayles, "Rising Strong" by Brene Brown and several others.
Needless to say, my whole attitude changed. Though I had always considered myself a 'creative" person, I did not embrace the title of "artist" completely.
It's hard to feel like a REAL artist when you know that almost everything you have ever created was made to A) please a client, B) mimic a trend or style, or C) impress others. I had not really started to question, "how can I impress myself?"
So, I dove into the idea of painting 99 paintings in one year. I am somewhere around 70 at the moment with 5 months to go. Some of them are horrible, some of them or ho-hum, but a few of them feel really honest and true. I plan on painting onward and maybe at the end of May, I will have a retrospective slide show to see the progress, the process and even the mess.
A new shipment of big canvases are set to arrive in a few days along with some new paint sticks. This is so much fun!
THIS NOW by Kacy Latham
Creative Writing and Essays. Follow Me on Medium.com
I'm a small town gal, raising two boys who loves to make things. My current love is abstract art. It might be the creative love of my life!