I have a severe case of creative ADD - I want to do everything and nothing all at the same time. I have dabbled in many different art forms and love them all. My favorites are scherenschnitte (the art of paper cutting), acrylic painting and doodling (now eloquently known as zentangle). I have supplies for polymer clay projects, sewing projects (including a machine I've used ONCE in 8 years), paint chip projects, metal stamping and jewelry making projects and on and on and on! I am inspired by so many creative people that I want to try EVERYTHING! Instead, for the most part, I do nothing...but I have a plan!
A few months ago I went to a Paint Something Workshop at Jenni Horne Studios and I have been hooked ever since. Jenni is a wonderful teacher and just an all around great lady. I don't know that I would have ever embarked on a painting journey if it weren't for Jenni's methods and her encouragement. During my last two PSW sessions, I worked on this:
This picture is not the best representation of the final piece which now sits in a place of honor at my mom's house. This project took me 10 hours...yes, TEN! Up to that point, I had not attempted such an ambitious, tedious painting. My back hurt, my neck hurt, my wrist hurt, but I had such a sense of pride! Of course I got a boost when Jenni told me she was proud of me for getting out of my comfort zone and challenging myself.
I enjoy learning new techniques and revisiting old ones so much that I am going on a retreat in January called Southern Circle Retreats. The retreat is being co-hosted by none other than Jenni and her super talented, fellow creative genius friend, Tiffin Mills. It is such a gift to have this opportunity! I can hardly wait! The number of available spots is limited allowing for a more intimate experience. I'd much rather have that than getting lost in a sea of people in a big classroom setting. I want to be an artist, dreamer and doer like Jenni and Tiffin instead of just a dreamer. Perhaps the retreat will give me what I need to get focused.
I would be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to my sweet husband. He is incredibly supportive while I go through this discovery process. He indulges my 'on a whim' trips to Hobby Lobby, Joann's and/or Michael's. He believes I can do anything even when I am full of self-doubt and fear. I am blessed beyond measure in the husband department!