Recently I shared that I had lost my inspiration and that somehow I had lost the joy in my sketching. Truth be told, I actually hated my own recent art work. Every attempt seemed so childish, colored-in and flat. It wasn’t the lack of inspiration, but the lack of style.
I love pinning ideas and finding artists who inspire me on Pinterest and Instagram posts. There is an endless stream of amazing sketches and art, but the result of all this influence is not helpful to developing one’s own art.
You need to create your own art to find your own creative style.
My 17-year-old daughter’s advice to me was to try a new art medium or technique. This is very helpful, especially if you just play around without an end product in mind. I suppose recovering from lost art inspiration is a bit like horse riding after a fall; you need to get straight back up and ride again. But in the end, finding art inspiration and personal style is like the Nike slogan ~ “Just do it“.
My first attempts were not too bad, but I found that, as I sketched daily, I rediscovered something in my style that I liked, and the joy returned. I loved the simple pleasure of sketching and painting. I loved the quiet, right-brain activity. And I enjoyed my art again.
While still finding my new artistic joy, I want to encourage you, moms, to also make the time to sit and sketch weekly. You need times of creativity. Join your children in the weekly Sketch Tuesday topic, or sit and create a nature journal page (prompts at the bottom of the post) each week. It is so restorative.
Charlotte Mason called it “Mother Culture“; spending time learning and growing. Spend regular time reading your own book list, creating art and journaling in nature; all part of your personal growth portfolio.
May I encourage you if you haven’t done any sketching for a while ~ Start again, Just Do It!
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