Have you noticed or found that one thing or hobby that brings you joy like anything else? Something that helps you escape the negativity of a bad day and just leaves you bursting with happiness and energy? For makers, artists, creatives, for me… that’s creating.
I’m an artist… man that still feels weird to say but I mean it really shouldn’t because if I look back on my life I have always been an artist and a creator. I guess it’s just because I started calling myself that or identifying as an artist and embracing it. Still weird. Since I was a kid I was always drawing and tracing, filling the walls in my childhood home with my masterpieces. I dreamed of being a 2D animator for Disney and helping to create a princess movie like the ones I adored. I remember always drawing horses because as a child, all I ever wanted was a horse of my own. When I was spending time at my grandma’s, I would love to create our own little story books. I would tell her a story to write with her wonderful cursive lettering and I would draw the illustrations… I guarantee the story was about horses or unicorns.
Growing up, I loved trying to make something with the left over supplies we had laying around. Fun fact for you, I tried hot gluing felt and I got a pretty nasty second degree burn on the top of my fingers that way. Not gonna lie I stopped spontaneously crafting out of nothing for a bit after that. But I mean when you seared off your finger tips accidentally when doing something you love who wouldn’t avoid it for a time? Bottom line is I’ve always loved to create and I think that’s why I loved group projects. Truthfully, I loved projects in general because more often than not, I would helm the project and find ways to to make it look amazing. Again another tangent but now the bottom line: I’ve always loved to create and it gives me a sincere joy that no other activity in my life can replicate.
I started painting this year and that has totally become my passion. I’m always so happy when I can spend a few hours painting. I don’t just love to create, I feel a need to create. In order to keep up with the daily stressors of my day job or to keep it together when life throws me a curve ball, I need to paint. I need a creative outlet in order to avoid being a grumpy mess to everyone while staying strong through those endeavors.
It’s so difficult to explain, but feeling inspired by the desire to create from that inspiration is the absolute best. I saw a tweet earlier this week from the amazing Kayla Hollatz that explained this idea of why makers love to create perfectly. I instantly retweeted and knew I had to share it in this post. She said, “Don’t create merely to find your ‘next big thing’. Create because your whole being tells you to. Create because there’s no other option.” Seriously Kayla knows all things creatives, community, and so much more. Basically her twitter, twitter chat, and blog are always on point. But she’s right! When you create something, it shouldn’t be just because you are looking for a profit or a different motive. The best creations are created because the makers were passionate about this project and because they felt so intensely inspired that they decided to ride that inspiration to create their masterpiece or product. Makers not only create because they either have this talent or enjoy this hobby, its because they are inspired to do so. I’m a firm believer that you can’t have creation without inspiration and a little bit of imagination.
Without imagination I feel like it would be super challenging to be inspired by something and then have it result in a creation block. Let me tell you, constantly feeling inspired and being excited by your creative ideas to the point where you can’t wait to get home to start working on your latest creation is bliss. Especially when your work is finished, it’s pretty cool to finally say “yeah that idea just came to me one afternoon and I was able to create something I’m proud of.” Artists love to create the same way musicians love to jam out and write music; it’s all relative considering it’s a talent and passion that just speaks to them.
Love what you do and do what you love, so they say.