Artist SoulCollage® card - see card blog posting for attributions and description
I felt a sudden urge to join in with the 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women group... organised by Jamie Ridler, Sacred Suzie's sister... so I haven't got the book yet. Lets hope it really is "in the post".
This first posting is about where I am in my creative journey.
I wish I knew!
I can tell some of where I've been, but where I'm going, I've yet to work out...
My mother was a trained artist though by the time she met my father she'd stopped earning her money that way... and by the time I knew her not making art often at all... so make that a blocked artist...
My sister is an architect - which means she did at least get to do an arts degree...
My sister-in-law is an art teacher and my mother-in law, Mary, a retired art teacher and active painter. Incidentally, when I showed some of my SoulCollage® cards to Mary, she noticed that in the Artist card (at the top of this posting) the woman shown just happened to be wearing the same blouse that Mary herself was wearing whilst looking at the card! I love synchronicities!
But me? Despite having always wanted to be an artist (or an astrophysicist) I did a Maths degree and worked for years in computing. Perhaps inevitably this led to illness, diagnosed as M.E. / Chronic Fatigue and leading eventually to an early retirement.
During the time I was working I exhibited art work a few times and got one piece into a juried show.
I also had a reputation for being creative. I was in research so you might think that was good... it wasn't... the people who got on were those who did "solid work" rather than people like me... which is odd because we were encouraged to play... I suspect it was partly the problem of working in an American company in the U.K. British values pervaded whilst the rhetoric was American.
In the early days of my access to the internet I played around writing stories and poetry and posting them on news groups... indeed searching to see if there was any trace left of my activity from that time I find this from 13 Dec 1989:
Poems pour out of peopleI doubt that I really meant damn rather than dam... more of a poetic slip...
Like water flows
Some cry easily
Others wait for the damn to break
And from Jan 1990:
Is that a breeze through the trees
Or an unfortunate's sneeze?
Since stopping work (and stopping playing on the news groups) I've taken quite a few courses in life drawing and painting, stained glass, enamelling and water colours. Maybe some others...
Actually I did recover from the first bout of M.E. and returned to work however I then did the Artist's Way for the first time (1996) just before going down with M.E. again, and from which I never returned to computing.
I'd felt that the AW had really opened up everything, and this new sense of spirit and art combined with having got together with Jim would somehow protect me from getting ill again. As it didn't, I not only got M.E. again, I also got depressed. That was a real problem as so many doctors find it difficult to distinguish M.E. from depression in the first place... however having had them both, separately and together I know the difference within me.
Besides, for me, M.E. has always started with a flu-like illness whilst depression tends to start with a big disappointment. The second time the M.E. kicked in and the depression came because I'd truly believed I was all set to be healthy!
This second bout of M.E. led me to explore more alternative health stuff and to qualifying as a Health Kinesiologist (see my Beyond Health Kinesiology blog). HK certainly has been a huge help (especially in curing so many of my allergies) but the problem I've found, from the artistic point of view, is that the sort of energy work I've needed to do has taken up lots of my time and all my intuitive channels.
However I think my last long bout of energy work really is over (at least for now) and I've started painting again. At the moment I'm keeping the paintings private as I'm preferring to let myself explore without being influenced by what others might (or might not) say about them.
However I take lots of photos - some of which might be considered creative at least...
So I'm ready to play - though I may prefer to keep some of the products of my play hidden!