Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Summer in Norhtwestern Lower Michigan is having a rough start!
Ah... but the grass is green and birds are chirping, even if the temperatures are wildly fluctuating and we are having lots of rain, wind and storms. So, I'm free for 8 weeks! School is out and as I am a grade secretary when the kids aren't at school I'm not at school. I promised myself to accomplish many things this summer, first to get rid of clutter by way of a huge yard sale. Once that is done I hope to delve into many areas of art and try for once and for all to find my bliss!!! How many of you have hopped from one craft to another still uncertain where you shine or what you truly love to do? I am such an indecisive person that I know this has a lot to do with my dilemma! My big cheery studio downstairs is full of fun things, areas designated to certain crafts, such as sewing, hand embroidery, card making, stamping, painting, drawing, jewelry making..... my computer, scanner and printer are at the ready, I've notebooks full of ideas and the problem? I don't know where to start or which project to do first... so I stay away from my beautiful room by finding household and garden chores instead! My passion lately is pencil drawing, which I truly love, yet I also started some wonderful oil painting tutorials which I also love! I decided I needed to try my hand at three types of painting; oil, acrylic and watercolour. Watercolour is fine, but the lines are not defined enough for me, acrylic is the least expensive but I don't like the texture. I love many things about oil painting except for the cleanup. Acrylic and water can be cleaned up so easily and aren't as toxic. Also, for months I've been wanting to experiment with paperclay doll making...after seeing the beautiful dolls that Abi Monroe creates I thought it would be fun to try my hand at a doll. Gee, to qoute a song "what a beautiful mess I'm in!" I should not complain, at least I have 8 weeks to discover my true passion, but I need to stop procrastinating. I think it has a lot to do with not having faith in myself and feeling that I am not good at any one thing, that I am just mediocre at many things when I truly want to be very good at some form of art! Any advice?