hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to continue with you one of my newest series on the blog - titled curious creatives!
this is a gorgeous interview series where i feature a different creative each and every month. think of it as a little sneak peek into the hearts and minds of curious creatives everywhere!
next up for this monthly interview series is the lovely elizabeth!
Tell us a little something about your creativity. What do you enjoy creating the most?
I love creating mixed media paintings, because it’s so fun to create different stories and landscapes using a mix of supplies on one canvas or wood panel – paints, inks, paper, pens, etc. The variations are endless, and the results are beautifully unique. I discovered mixed media painting about 2 years ago and quickly realized that it suited me creatively. I especially adore adding paper cut outs (such as moons, stars, and trees) to a canvas and painting over them to add additional texture.
What made you decide to start creating?
I have always been creatively inclined, and I painted and wrote poetry when I was young. Once I had to look my first full-time job, however, practicality snuck in and I slowly stopped creating art in favor of the 9-5 job.
I hadn’t realized at the time what a sacrifice I’d made, honestly! It took many years for my creative spirit to push back to the surface, unwilling to be ignored any longer. By the time I started painting again last year, it had been 12 years since I’d held a paint brush and I was in a dark stage of my life (I was bored, mildly depressed, completely unfulfilled creatively, and living in a state of near constant anxiety). I now attribute those feelings to the fact that I was trying to live someone else’s life.
Beginning to create art again was the most beautiful gift. I was terrified to paint, terrified to show anyone, and certainly terrified of selling my work, but my heart and mind had become clear for the first time in years. I could no longer ignore who I was. The time period since I first picked back up a brush has been the most influential and empowering of my life.
Where do you get your inspiration from for your creative endeavours?
I follow a handful of extremely inspiring artists and other woman entrepreneurs, who remind me that living a life you love is possible. Without Marie Forleo, Kelly Rae Roberts and Juliette Crane, I never would have found the confidence and knowledge I needed to begin creating a life around my art.
I also try to spend a lot of time out in nature – being near trees and water has a calming, motivating effect on me and clears my head completely of negative / intrusive thoughts.
What do you if you feel creatively blocked? How do you get past that?
If I’m working on a painting or a blog entry and feel stuck, I always step away and start working on something else for a while. The distance is helpful for me in gaining some perspective. I find that I am never in love with a painting or a piece of writing after I finish, and I have to revisit it over the next few days until an idea sparks and I have something new to add/tweak.
The new idea is always an improvement on what I had, and totally worth waiting for.
I also try to make time to exercise – nothing works quite like clearing your head and moving your body!
Do you have any advice on silencing your inner critic?
One of my mentors Marie Forleo often says “clarity comes through engagement” and I couldn’t agree more. I am prone to over-thinking EVERYTHING, and my inner critic would have me believe that my work is poor quality and that everyone can paint better than I can.
While this voice will always threaten to return, I’ve realized that I just have to move forward anyway and silence my critic through action. So my inner critic says I can’t create high quality art? Then I set out to create the highest quality art I can. It’s really been the only tactic that works for me – take consistent, thoughtful action, even when you’re scared and feel like hiding in your bed.
What would be your top tips for living a more creatively fulfilled life?
Listen to your body! I know this may sound silly, but I’ve learned so much about what excites me and lights me up by paying attention to the signals my body is giving me.
When I started to paint again, my chest felt lighter and my head clearer. I had an easier time getting out of bed in the morning, and my energy improved. Pay attention to what makes your chest feel lighter and your head clearer. Look for the project that pulls you straight out of bed.
You might not know what that is right now, which is why you have to try new things and be brave enough to feel silly once in a while. You never know what creative path will be the next love of your life.
Pick one of your creative projects to feature here – it could be your favourite, your newest or a popular piece. What do you think is so special about that item? Tell us more!
This painting is one of my personal favorites, as I needed this message so badly when I was just getting my feet under me as an artist. I have also been touched at how many people have connected to the message as well.
It’s a simple concept, and yet can be so difficult to do. Without trust in yourself, however, can you ever reach that big, exciting dream?
I love to create paintings which inspire and provide people that little boost of inspiration and courage they need each day. The original painting, art prints, and note cards are available in my Etsy shop. I also wrote a blog entry recently about this painting, which can be found on my blog.
thanks so much elizabeth for sharing with us your art and your heart today - what a great interview!
if you'd like to be involved in this monthly series on my blog just let me know! you can message me in the comments or use my fancy new contact page up at the top of this page :)
have a fantastic day!