Thursday, June 23, 2011
Nurturing Your Creative Soul
In truth, I knew what was happening with my daughter every step of the way. I was drained, dried up, and empty. If I had been able to express myself creatively, I might not have become so drained. Sadly, there was never time, and my protective instincts to guard and take care of my child jumped ahead of my need to create. At the end of 2.5 weeks, I could not think"out of the box." Nothing inspired me. Nothing propelled me to see life in unique and fulfilling ways. Not only did Jenny need nurturing, I did, too.
Since Jenny has come home from the hospital, and visits to the clinic are not everyday, I have begun to nurture my creative soul again. I'm not able to make glass beads, so I've been "playing," and I do believe that play is an important part of the creative flow, with polymer clay and wire. I had tried needle felting, but I just couldn't become enthusiastic about that form of creative expression. I love fiber, and I would, in the future, like to learn how to integrate more fiber into my creative voice, however, this does not seem to be the proper time.
Enter polymer clay. Now, I am I learning something new and playing with some of the techniques that polymer clay artists use in their art. (Trust me when I say this, it is a form of art!) I have found that polymer clay is a very physical form of creative expression. Working with clay gets those endorphins flowing. I am not a polymer clay artist, however, I now have a tremendous respect for the people who are. I find poly clay to be challenging. It feeds my soul.
Next food: photography. I only have a point and shoot digital camera. It's really been enough for me because through the eye of the camera, I can see things I've not seen before. Note the photo at the top of this page. I was "playing" with my camera as I waited for Jenny at the clinic. From this side view, the painting reminds me of a huge eye! It was something I had not seen before even though I've sat next to that painting many different times. I love the combination of colors. Oh, what beautiful beads they will make!
My creative soul is finally being fed and nurtured. Jenny is healing, even though she is tired. In a few weeks, I'll be home again where I can melt glass and make beads to my heart's content. Oh, the wonders creativity works on my soul.
Now, my questions for you are these:
How do you nurture your creative soul? Do you need to be challenged by trying something new? Do you like to play when you work? I'd love to hear what you think!