Over the course of my life to date I have dabbled in so many different art and craft forms it is mind boggling. I love ceramics, painting, drawing, bronze/metal casting, knitting and crochet, jewellery making, sculpture, ... in fact, I probably love it all. Life is too short when I list all the techniques I would like to master and the projects I would like to complete.
But as someone who has a problem with anxiety, thinking about the time I don't have and the things unfinished does not do me any good. (And I am sure there are many of you out there who are the same) So I have simply stopped thinking about these things and am learning to enjoy the here and now. And you?
Make the time. Smell the roses. Draw the roses. Mold the roses. Just let all the roses out there, and the inevitable thorns, inspire you to live more creatively and open to possibility.
What I do commit to is time for myself to follow my interests to whatever level of deep I care for, making sure I enjoy the journey not just the outcomes. With a slightly obsessive personality, I can drown hours of the day in monotonous making, take dance lessons 4 or 5 times a week just because I can't get enough, or dream of pinched clay textures over and over, and the artworks I wish to make but rarely remember when I wake. I love counting and will tally up hundreds of marks made on ceramic, paper or canvas surface.
For me, art is my breath. I cannot live without it, it makes me function and I am at my best when I am 'art fit', working at an artmaking routine and enjoying the company of fellows who are also working out their art muscles.
This is why Artfolk exists - Passion and Purpose.
I invite you to join in the arty fun, and ask you to spread the word. The workshops I hold are really the things I love doing myself, I am just timetabling them and inviting you all along for the ride.