For a little while I had stepped away from the idea of marketing my more personal creative expressions and just focused on my caricature business and my teaching job. Those two things are just simple and straight forward, for the most part, which makes focusing a bit easier for me. When it comes to my other work, I may be inspired to paint with acrylics an image that contains personal symbolism or a portrait of a magical human being (or fairy in disguise). The next moment I'm in the mood to create a world of sculpted creatures and illustrated in watercolor. And yet on another occasion, I'm feeling like doing a study of flowers with abstract elements. For the most part, it feels really good to just follow my inspiration and work on several things at once. I seem to get bored and repelled if I feel my creation time is too monotonous so I tend to want to change mediums and the content of my expression frequently. It seems to keep everything fresh and exciting for me. The down side of this is that I have a few different plans that are all asking for my attention.
My main ideas are:
1. To illustrate and possibly write children's books
2. Create creature portals with the sculpted creatures and scenes I paint for them (I think this can tie into the children's books)
3. Paint custom acrylic portraits for people that are designed for positive affirmation and visualization, in order to help people realize their dreams
4. Learn how to tattoo, I think this is one of the ultimate forms of experiencing a personal connection with people through art
I think it may be possible to do all of these things (and maybe more) in my lifetime, but I need to really take the time to make a plan of action. I'm realizing that I need to make the time to really focus on one thing at a time. Let go of the fear that one idea will shrivel and die if I don't give it my immediate attention. I decided to give the creature portals my attention first. This doesn't mean that I will not still work on other things, but the creatures will be at the top of my priority list until my vision for them is fully developed and realized. I'm excited to be on a path of clarifying my vision and cultivating focus.
I decided to start this challenge for a couple different reasons. I want to write and illustrate some kid's book and I think that watercolor has a certain magical quality to it. Another thing is, I wanted a challenge that would help me paint and /or draw even when I'm not feeling inspired.
I didn't anticipate the other wonderful things that would come as a result of this challenge. Watercolor, specifically, is teaching me patience and humility. It's reminding me that control is an illusion and to just let go. It's also renewed my love for acrylic. Ha ha! I've been way more active online with social media since I started this challenge and that has been surprisingly nice. The responses I've been getting from people who are enjoying my daily posts has been very inspiring. Thank you all.
There are still many more days to go. In fact, this is a leap year so this really should be a 366 day challenge but I'm not too worried about it.