Creative Spark

Quote on the wall of Gus Harper's studio

Over the past few years, I have picked up and put down the paint brush a few times.  I thought after attending my first Squam Art Workshops in 2008 and being surrounded by so much creativity, that I’d come home and just start painting. I did for a little while but it didn’t last long. When I came home from last years workshop, the paint brush didn’t make it out at all. Of course I was surrounded by so much creativity and support, you would think that was the spark I needed. But there were so many other other things going on in my life, selling my house, moving, ending a relationship, that painting or any other creative endeavors were not at the top of my list.

Last month, I spent 5 days with the lovely and talented, Swirly Girl in her studio and that’s what did it.

Swirly Girl in the studio

I didn’t paint a thing while I was there, but as I finished the last nap of the trip (I napped a lot), I had an idea for a piece I wanted to do as soon as I got home.  I’m still working on that piece and will share pictures once its finished but since returning from LA, I have been flooded with all kinds of ideas.  That creative spark has been lit and I am running with it.  This blog was an idea that came to me yesterday while driving in the car and it took about 5 hours for it to come to fruition.

I’m not sure the ‘lesson’ in this but I do know that I want to run with all these ideas while they are fresh.  Maybe the lesson is that napping in a studio surrounded by so much creativity will spark the ideas.  Or that napping is just good for the soul.

I napped a lot on this couch

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5 Responses to Creative Spark

  1. Swirly says:

    It was the napping, for sure. It is funny you talk about making this blog happen so quickly, as Gus was telling me the other day he came home from his trip to Brazil with a new mantra: “Don’t hesitate.” Sometimes we just have to dive right in and figure it out as we go along, and I am cheering you on as you dive in to all of your creative visions!

  2. nadia says:

    cheers to beautiful beginnings…ciao!

  3. Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

  4. this post is very usefull thx!

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