I recently saw the movie "Julie And Julia". It was superb. It was not only entertaining, but spoke to me in many ways. I related to Julie and her search for something more than the day to day humdrum of her government job that was uninspiring and did not fulfill her real potential. Like her, I am just starting my 30's, trying to figure out in more depth who I am, and wanting to see more of my creative side.
I am sure I am not the only mother or artist who gets in a rut. Being both a mother and artist can be hard! As a mother you are very often last on the "totem pole" because of the desire to be the best mother you can be for your family. As an artist you can doubt yourself, sometimes get in a rut and need inspiration. Mix the two, and finding time to paint, craft, sew and generally create much of anything, can be a struggle. I often struggle to find time in the day to do things that make my heart pump a little faster and my creative voice start to sing. Like anything in life, if you don't outline a goal, it will never will be achieved.
So, just like Julie who put herself under immense pressure to cook through Julia Child's cookbook in 1 year, and blog about it, I am challenging myself. I am hoping that the pressure will turn my skills and my abilities that are untrained and potholed with doubt, into diamonds just like it did for her.
Here's the goal. I will create a painting each week that I am proud to share with you all. Or I should say that I will share with you, proud or not. It may not seem like much, but for me, this is an undertaking, one that I am gladly going to embark on. I need it. I need to push myself and find more of "Emily, the artist" and hone my skills.
to join me!
My hope is this will spur all of us on to finish projects, or start some we haven't had the courage to do. Like a group of friends going walking together, we are creating together and putting ourselves under the pressure to do it! To really do it! Through our comments, we can cheer each other on.
Anything goes, a sewing project, a drawing, a scrapbook page, a recipe. It is all art when it is created by our own hands in my opinion.
xo Emily xo