Friday, 16 July 2010

Happy Creativity

I have been so creative this week. I have become surgically attached to my coloured pencils and sketch book. I can't get enough. I work hard all day only to come alive at dusk when the graphite scrapes across the paper and faces appear to me from the white pages urging me to listen to their stories.

The last year has been the most creatively prolific of my life. I'm like a woman possessed. I am not sure that I have ever been so dedicated to a cause or maybe the word should be 'addicted'. Is it a high I am experiencing? A rush of endorphins dancing through my veins into my creative soul? Whatever, I love it. It makes me happy and gives me such a giddy rush.

It's a shame I didn't feel like this while studying art for A Level back in my youth. Why did I allow the bare minimum to be enough? Where was my passion then? My drive, my fire? Was it the lack of inspiration from my teachers, or was inspiration missing?

Well, let's take those as two questions.

1. My art teachers were pretty rubbish. This week Suzi Blu has been teaching me. No contest. The woman is my hero.

2. Inspiration. Again. No contest. How lucky the youth of today are to have an entire world at their fingertips. I can reach out from everyone from the great Masters to new arty friends I met through blogging in seconds. I can type a simple keyword and be bombarded with colours, textures and dreamscapes. It is the most incredible thing and I love it as I love my new friends and this wonderful tribe of creatives I have become a part of.

This is my Friday Happy post for the Happy Book Group. Yesterday, our tribal leader Jamie wrote an interesting piece on how even little nibbles on the creative delicacies can be so good for our souls. It had me leaping around in my seat with agreement. Now I am off to paint some more. For now, I'll you with a work in progress, a finished mermaid (prompted by so many positive comments on my original post last week and originally inspired by artistic blog hopping) and a little sketching experimentation...

Have a wonderful weekend.


  1. I so agree with you, Lisa. I didn't get the spark that I needed all those years ago, and that's the only thing I regret--not finding it until recently, but--hey--at least we found it!

  2. I didn't know I could draw until about two years ago. I had to draw some thumbnails for a graphic design class and was horrified I went out and bought a book and started practicing. I let it go for a while but like you, I seem to be possessed lately and can't wait to sketch or paint or anything artsy when I get home from work and sometimes at work.

    Great work, keep it up!

  3. Hi Lisa,
    I am so glad that you found your inspiration and passion for creativity. It is so obvious that you have many great gifts. The world is very lucky that you are sharing them with us.

  4. It's so great that you found your inspiration! I really feel lucky to have that intense desire to create and escape into a world only each individual artist knows. Good for you, your work is wonderful, keep creating. You are an inspiration!!

  5. I guess I'll admit it too,I'm also addicted and I'm loving every minute of it! I love,love how your mermaid turned out!!! And your other ones are beautiful too. And I agree with you Suzi is great!

  6. I love this post ! Your joy in creating is shining through so loud and clear. It makes me want to run for my paints myself ! Off I go...
    Happy Creating, Wonderful One !

  7. Great art and post shared, Lisa! I totally agree, we are very fortunate today to have such powerful inspiration, and connection to such a wonderful world of people, merely at our fingertips ~~ what a wonderful experience to live through! Today, we realize and totally appreciate this "luxury," but I have to wonder if the children of tomorrow won't appreciate it as much...not realizing what life was like when one actually had to pack up and trek to the library to obtain such inspiration and information. Kind of like the children of today do not recall what it was like to have a mere three television channels, and have to use aluminum foil on the antenna to tune in those three channels...and then have a family member stand in a certain spot within the room to keep the picture steady, lol. Ahh, memories!

    So happy that you're having a year filled with creativeness and inspiration! Wishing you a great weekend!

  8. I am so grateful that I too found inspiration and encouragement from all the people I have met through the internet, it has been a fascinating journey. Your sketches are lovely and the mermaid turned out awesome.

  9. I agree with Ginny, you definitely have a wonderful talent! Your passion and excitement are contagious! Just reading about your creative activities gives me energy to do something myself. Thanks for inspiring me!

  10. Great post - hard to articulate all that the web has given us. There was a performance piece at the Whitney in NYC that went on for about 2 months. I could watch it live. It wasn't the best performance piece in the world but I was able to feel connected to something happening in a city 3000 miles away in real time. I still find that somewhat miraculous.

    You should check out Artists of the Round Table. It is a yahoo group and they offer all kinds of great workshops- drawing, watercolor, stamping, doodling...all kinds of creative pursuits and most of them are free. I find the group very inspiring.

    Suzi Blu is awesome! I love her!

  11. Hi, I'm so glad to have found your blog. I love your work and your excitement!

  12. Indeed, I should never complain about a lack of inspiration. You point out beautifully how lucky we are to find it so easily in this web world. Thanks for sharing your joy in creating. Have a great week!

  13. ~your energy, creativity and inspiration is BURSTING and EXPLODING with such GRAND beauty...she at the bottom is gorgeous...i do hope this remains within you always...truly a beautiful gift to be had and felt...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

  14. I love that mermaid! Thanks for the inspiration, I think I need to go create a little bit!

  15. Hi Lisa ~ Your creativity is catching! I love this outpouring - I can 'feel' it in your recent posts. Great stuff!


  16. hugs my dear and many thanks for having me in your thoughts, it means so much to me!!!!


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