My creative journey

While skipping down my creative path I've stumbled a lot, stubbed my toe climbing onto the altar of "trying to be perfect", and definitely have cried a helluva lot.

Yes, I've made progress.

But there have been many times where I haven't felt good enough, smart enough, or talented enough. I've experienced the despair of seeing how one brush stroke can destroy an entire painting.  I've had to dig deep to find the patience, courage, strength & sheer will to keep going.

But oh the rewards when I come up with a painting that sings directly from my heart!

So a little more about my creative journey thus far...

First & foremost, I'm a self-taught artist. No art degree here. But just like a wildly successful entrepreneur can do so with nary an MBA in sight, every single one of us is capable of improving our creative talents.

When I was growing up I dabbled in drawing & painting, and later on while attending the University of Pittsburgh I took a number of art courses, and was smitten.

I mean, I LOVED art history. I devoured it, sponged it into every cell of my being, and almost convinced myself that I should change my major, yet again ... almost.

But the prevailing standard was to follow the money.

So I abandoned my inner artist, stuck to my Comp Sci major, graduated, and moved on to work in the IT industry.

My life in IT was enjoyable in many ways.

After graduating I was fortunate to live & work in downtown Pittsburgh - a most fabulous city in my estimation! It’s chock full of art, beautiful architecture, and many other cultural explorations - and I was hungry for those opportunities.

I was also able to go on lots of travel adventures, and feel quite privileged to have worked with the very best people.

So there were rewards, and I have no regrets.

However, that nagging creative muse was STILL furiously tap, tap, tapping on my shoulder.

My point is ... after dabbling in art, I moved on.

I didn’t draw.

I didn’t paint.

For what seemed like a very long time, I traveled in a different direction. Which truth be told, was miles away from my heart’s calling.

Never in my wildest dreams when I resumed my creative journey did I think I would be here sharing my creations with you today.

Ever.

But I’ve worked hard.

I’ve shown up in the studio on many occasions when there were much more fun, distracting things to do.

And instead I drew.

And I painted.

And I experimented.

If you could see my very first attempts, you would know that I’ve improved a bit!

My creative journey is still taking shape. It won’t ever end. I hope to continue improving, learning, drawing, painting & creating for as long as I breathe … one step at a time.

I’m not sharing this with you to boast about my hard work, nor my progression thus far. I’m sharing this with you because if that very annoying creative muse is tapping YOU on YOUR proverbial shoulder, I want to encourage you to answer.

Work.

Progress.

Rest.

Take a class.

Follow your heart.

Browse an art book.

Travel some.

Wander thru the woods.

Watch a video.

Stop & smell the roses.

Start slow.

Take a step.

Take another.

Eventually you’ll surprise yourself – I did.

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No one should have to take such an arduous journey alone – it’s FULL of frightening creatures … ourselves!