Creatives ask themselves the question about readiness on a regular basis. Starting their art-making journey is truly a pilgrimage. Those who engage in creative endeavors are called to make art. We may not think about the “why” behind wanting to make art; we’re just summoned by our soul to start creating.
Chris Fontana of Global Visionaries shared, “No one is ever ready till they start”. His quote may seem obvious, but it’s not simple to set in motion. So many people hold off creating art because they are waiting for the right inspiration or the perfect class. Perhaps they are waiting to accrue enough money to take a class from a famous teacher, when all it takes is something as simple as a pencil and piece of paper to begin creating.
We don’t necessarily need the perfect journal to write the next Great American Novel, perhaps all we need is a paper napkin where we scribbled a flash of inspiration so we won’t forget. I have post-it notes all over the place that I bring together in a notebook. It’s a great way to see how your ideas evolve over time. My notebooks from school are filled with doodles, words, and ideas that I can incorporate into my art.
What will get you to start? What if you simply picked up something and began creating. It could be as simple as picking up a stick at the beach and making a design in the sand. Want to keep that masterpiece forever? Take a picture of the sand design with your phone. It can become part of your creative repository.
The idea that we can create anywhere and everywhere is encouraging. Engaging in the creative process allows us to release our voices into the stratosphere. Feeling heard is a crucial component in your health and healing pilgrimage!
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