A few years ago I posted a painting I had done on Facebook and my friends from grade-school all made comments like, “Great work!” and the friends I had met in the last decade (or two) made comments like, “I didn’t know that you made art.” I realized something was wrong. How was something that was so intrinsic to who I was, who I had always been, be so foreign to even my closest friends of today? The truth was that I had shut the art out. I decided to take six months and try to figure out why, start creating art again, and write about it. That was about a year ago now and was how this blog came to be.
As I explored in the original intro, the project had three goals:
- Start making art again.
- Figure out why I had stopped in the first place.
- Encourage others to create art too.
As six months turned into nine months, I began to wonder what was next. Was there a phase 2 of this project? And if so, what was it? As I reviewed the project, I knew there was more that I wanted to do so I revised my goals:
- Keep making art.
- Develop a body of work over the next year (by September 2016).
- Get professional feedback on my work as I go along and a review of the body of work once it is complete.
- Use this platform to continue to explore how we create, why we create, and why we get stuck; with the hope that as I figure this out for myself it can be of help to others as well.