I sat down this morning to write to my subscribers and share the inspiring words and work from the members of my Art Journaling class and I found myself writing about so much more, so it's here instead as a blog post. A blog that I have wanted to get started for so long but never seemed to find the time. Well, by accident or fate it is here.
I've been feeling so inspired this week and talked on Instagram about how we can have an epiphany after a period of confusion. It got me thinking about epiphany's as I talked it down in my caption saying it wasn't quite an epiphany I realised on reflection it really was.
As a definition, an epiphany is an experience of a sudden and striking realization. Generally, the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realisation allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. It may not have been a scientific breakthrough or philosophical discovery but it certainly was a situation now understood from a new a deeper perspective.
I have been teaching art & design for 20 years this year, from the first drawing workshops I delivered to the new first years when I was in my final year of my fine art degree to now teaching the beautiful practice of art journaling online during a global pandemic. I don't think my 24-year-old self would have quite believed me, the internet didn't really have any part in my life then but I am so so grateful for it's technology and possibilities today.
Creating my online class was a dream that I had thought about for September, when we start to get that back to school feeling and want to dive into something new and fresh. But when I had to cancel my in-person workshops I knew I wanted to create an alternative for now. A whole new challenge for me, but one which kept me focused and busy during a difficult and uncertain time. A challenge that created a community of inspiring like-minded folk sharing and encouraging each other in their creative work, a challenge that has given me so much this Spring and I'm so excited to see where it will go as it grows and develops.
Naming my class, Reap What You Sow, an ancient proverb is for me about doing something for our future selves. If we want to be the person who sits and sketches nature, if we want to be the person who paints a little seascape on a Summer holiday, if we want to be that creative person if we want to make things with our hands, with nature, with all those lovely mediums then we have to start. We have to take the first step.
We are all creative, creativity is a human quality that exists in every single one of us but like everything it needs some tender loving care to grow.
Cultivate your craft.
Water it daily, pour some tender
loving care into it, and watch it grow.
Remember that a plant doesn’t
sprout immediately. Be patient, and
know that in life you will reap what you sow.
So if your heart has been nudging you towards new creative adventures, now is the time! Stepping out of our comfortable zones and trying something new and challenging can be so so rewarding. Pick up a pencil, get paint on your fingers, make a mess, cut it up, re-arrange it, get sticky and glue it down. See where it take you.
I have been so inspired by the energy that my members have shown in their work on my class and I wanted to share some of their work and how the lessons have helped their creative hearts.
If you like to read more about my class then you can hop over to my website here. Doors are open until the end of June and then after a little Summer break with be re-opening again in the Autumn.