I’m taking a HUGE risk here in putting my newest adventure out in the world. Now that I’ve shared that, I want to tell you why I’ve decided to add this feature to this particular blog. You see, when I began Nanticoke Creek Art & Design, it was because I needed to bring something into the world that I could look at every day. Something that was created with my hands. Velvet pumpkins allowed me to explore my creativity in what seemed to be a very safe and focused way. Four years have passed since I opened my etsy shop, and I am as excited about the creative possibilites as I enter my fifth season, as I was when I created that very first Autumn’s Golden Aspen Pumpkin. Sharing my pumpkins with the world (and I mean that literally because I have shipped pumpkins across the ocean), is like sharing a bit of my heart, my own dreams, and adventures. My hope is that my different collections, which are inspired by the things I see when I travel, as well as the things I find beautiful, in the ordinary and every day. So while I am ecstatic to put my precious pumpkins back in the shop this week, I am also expanding my artistic horizons.
As you can see from the photo above, I have lots to learn. My dear friend and fabulous passionate artist, Tosca Kerr, has created a facebook forum for exploring our inner artist. Each day she posts a topic, and we are tasked with creating a piece of art that reflects our idea of that topic…and we’re supposed to attempt to do it in 30 minutes. Really, we are exploring the depths of our own hearts and souls. Soul Burst in Color (the name of the group) appropriately titled, because each daily topic invokes an exploration, as well as creates an opening in the protective shell we so carefully guard, and bit by bit, piece by piece, we begin to “see” glimpses of our souls, our own light begins to shine through.
We’re on day five now, and I’m clearly the least developed artist in the group, something I am NOT used to. It is a very vulnerable place to b,e and yet I felt so strongly that I need and want to develop, not only my artistic skills, but also I need to overcome the fear of letting people know that I know, that I not only have this elementary skill, (heck if I’m really honest, my good friend, Candace, who is also in the group teaches 3 years who draw better than I draw) but that I am willing to work at it, to develop my skills, and to see who I am and who I can be as an artist.
On the first day of the forum, after posting my offering (photo above), I shared a quote I heard years ago; “If you are the best and brightest in the room, and you want to grow, you’re in the wrong room.” I was admitting that I knew I was not the best, nor the brightest, and that I want to grow, so I’m confident that I am in the “right room.” In our first day, our version of “1” or “One” was the topic.
When I thought about it for a moment, the image of a heart shaped world, and the belief that we are all one, in this world, this lifetime, together, came to mind. As I began to sketch my rudimentary drawing, other thoughts and images emerged. Thoughts of the news surrounding gay marriage, immigration issues, religious wars began to emerge, and I placed my hand on the bottom of my paper. As I thought about people around the world, I began to trace each of my fingers with a different colored pencil. A much more seasoned artist would have created a more beautiful piece of heART that might bring the viewer to tears. I long for the day when I can invoke that sort of emotion from people I share my work with.
For now though, I will continue to share my pumpkins, as I continue to explore myself…my world…and my art through this beautiful opportunity afforded me by a very dear, very generous friend. Thank you, Tosca…This means so much more than you know. As for everyone else in the group…Thanks for putting up with my “art.” Your creations are amazing, and I feel so blessed to be getting to know you through your submissions, and through the comments we share. What a blessing!
Those of you reading this, check out the facebook page Soul-Burst in Color (Lively Mind Art Studio) If you’re wanting to explore your own creativity, your own heart, it is a beautiful and safe adventure. I invite you to join us.