Wednesdays are my art class day. I look forward to Wednesdays very much, because when I am there, I paint without distraction or guilt. Today I missed art class, because of a flat tire. Unfortunately, we get our fair share of flat tires, because we live out on a dirt road.
We are having another snow storm today... this one looks like it may produce more than the last one, which didn't do nearly like the weatherman said it would. I am doing my art work at home today, while Steve took the car in on some business, and to get the tire fixed. I always feel that when I get to work at any creative project, I am blessed, and feel very happy. I have been working on pictures for some storybooks that I have written. I am getting the pictures done slowly. I find that it is often hard accomplish a lot by the way of drawings and paintings at home, because there is always so many distractions, and so much that needs doing, and I have had to learn to fight the feeling that I shouldn't be doing this, I should be doing that. Steve has helped, and often tells me "forget about the housework and get the storybooks done". I am having to learn to adjust the expectations that I feel about myself. I am coming to a different stage in my life, and the seasons are changing for me. It is nice to have this portion to look forward to. When we women wrap our world around family, there is an adjustment that can be difficult when the children all grow up and leave home. I say "be encouraged" if you are transitioning into this stage of life, allow yourself to be blessed in "the new", take pleasure in a different freedom that allows you to pursue more of those creative delights and don't let guilt keep you from flourishing in something different.
If you are still raising your children, enjoy them in the midst of those pursuits that you love; those creative delights. Include them and let them partake, it will free you to still pursue creative projects, without neglecting your babies. If you love to cook, let them cook with you; don't worry about the mess. If you love to sew, let them sew; take the time to teach them a few of those things, and you will be rewarded with little companions that share some of your joys. I know my kids have all got creative bugs and I think it is because we nurtured that in them. Cooking, sewing, painting, writing, making jewelry, photography, gardening, decorating, crafting, scrapbooking, designing, drafting, music, or just making something lovely, are all expressions of the creative DNA that I think our Heavenly Father put in each of us. Even science, math and sports have a creative aspect to them. That which you love to do, takes on a creative aspect to it. We are made in the image of our Father in Heaven, and He is a Creator, no wonder that we are like that as well.
Pencils and pens are calling...
Colors, shapes, textures...
All just too hard to resist.
Hope you all have a happy creative week.