Inspiration: Thank You Pablo Picasso

One of the few quotes I have memorized is this one by Pablo Picasso.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.

Pablo Picasso

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Working in the barn… with the iPhone camera.

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.

Inspiration The Artist's Way

Working on The Artist’s Way at the ranch July 2012.

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.

Cooper is helping me do Morning Pages, part of Artist's Way

Cooper is helping me do Morning Pages, part of The Artist’s Way

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.

I have a lot of help from Tuxedo Jack. Here he's teaching me how to learn to blog through osmosis.

I have a lot of help from Tuxedo Jack. Here he’s teaching me how to learn to blog through osmosis.

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.

Inspiration Buffy

I doubt that Buffy knows who Pablo Picasso is, but she does her share of inspiring AND working!

As always I welcome your comments on this or any other part of my blog. Please visit Ese’s Voice for more photos and quotes around the theme: inspiration.

FireBonnet

17 thoughts on “Inspiration: Thank You Pablo Picasso

  1. Ese

    It has taken some time like new paths and finding them usually does but I am so happy you are finding your voice in something new, something you’re doing that inspires and brings joy. Beautiful – the quote as well as the photos.

  2. Ese Kļava

    It has taken some time like new paths and finding them usually does but I am so happy you are finding your voice in something new, something you're doing that inspires and brings joy. Beautiful – the quote as well as the photos.

  3. Meghan Post author

    Awesome on the book! (not that you got no notice). We’re both WordPress, I would have thought you’d get it in your notifications. Ah well, a cyber-burp.

  4. Gemma

    Bummer. I got no notification of your reply. 🙁 but I did go out and get The Artist’s Way today. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Linda Arthur Tejera

    I love the way you incorporate your pets! I have Julia Cameron’s book and have read it. I started the morning pages a few years ago and wrote for a while. For some reason I’ve gotten away from it. But I think it did lead me to blogging even if I only do it on a small scale. I’ve watched my blog morph so I’ll call it progress! LOL!

  6. Meghan Post author

    Thanks Gemma! It’s so hard to try to catch everyone’s posts on these different challenges… but little by little I’m getting to know people.

  7. Gemma

    Hey, I wish I had thought of this sooner. Stopping at eses’s first. I need to come back and read your blog but I wanted you to know I stopped by. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m interested in reading about the artists way.

  8. Meghan Post author

    Thank you so much Paricia! It’s a delight to get up each morning. I have a strong analytical mind as well (was an admin analyst at a university) and that is fed by all the business side of blogging and promoting. Figuring out SEO is quite the challenge! lol

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