One of the few quotes I have memorized is this one by Pablo Picasso.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.
When I retired almost two years ago I felt disoriented. I had no idea how to live my life without the structure of a day job. I knew I wanted to tap back into my artist self (I have a BFA in art) and start producing work to sell, and writing words to inspire, but I wasn’t sure how.
I did the Artist’s Way course by Julia Cameron to get over my creative blocks. Little by little I let go of old stuff, like those voices in my head telling me I’m not worthy of happiness and all my creative ideas are stupid… we all have them but keeping them from interfering is key.
Although it took me about five months of working the course consistently (remember what Picasso said?), I didn’t have a breakthrough until January of 2013.
That’s when I started posting my photography and creating digital art for sale. From there I moved on to learning how to market it (an ongoing process!). Then in May I resurrected an old blog, bought a domain name and committed to creating a ‘feel good’ place for people to visit. Even then, I didn’t really go full tilt with it until last November. Now it’s a daily thing and I’m beginning to find my voice.
All throughout this stumbling creative progression, I’ve posted my photographs to Facebook and Instagram, and poetry to Twitter. Truly, inspiration has found me working, and enjoying every minute.
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