Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Homecoming: Finding My Flow

Hi, my dear Creative Souls.
A few months ago, I mentioned in one of my blog posts that creating certain kinds of projects, ones you make" just for yourself" feels like coming back home. How great it is to take all the time you need to think about the emotions, meanings and elements you want to include - especially when there is a lot happening in your head and you seriously need to listen to your inner voice.
This project, is no different, but...
... It was sitting in my mind for weeks, bugging me and waiting for me to start it, find the time to let out the story that appeared in my imagination. And I was fighting with it, seriously!
"Vortex" - mixed-media collage on canvas (20x60 cm - 8x 24'')

I was trying to push it back as there were many "urgent" and "important" matters, projects, plans and other excuses (as always)... but what I realised - it was not going away. In fact, the more I was pushing it back and away the more it was jumping right into my face, demanding attention. It was a pain to focus and create something else, as deep inside I new I really wanted to work on something else. Do you know what I want to say? I'm sure you do!

Procrastination is something all creative people have to deal with. My life is a constant battle between a need to be on-time, orgasnised and efficient (not my nature at all!) in order to have important things done and my need to let my thoughts roam free, working on a bunch of things at one time and binge sleeping, reading and creating. Usually, my responsibility and motivation is the winner - I'm pushing myself to the limits and somehow, everything clicks in place, but this time it was not working.

One evening I took a deep breath, put my fingers on gel and gesso and all the findings and pieces which were sitting on my table for weeks. Then everything fell into it's right place.
For few evenings, bit by bit, I was building the collage which was filled with my raw emotion, having the liberating feeling of going back to my roots and things I loved the most. I had the best time, real creative flow filled with trying new ideas, supplies and simply following my heart. What a relief it was!  Surprisingly (or not?) once it was finished all my creative blocks were gone and my head was buzzing with ideas.
Why was I waiting for so long to simply let go?
I guess being too thigh and too down to earth didn't serve me well when it comes to my creativity.

Note to self: less thinking, more breathing (and creating).
Inhale. Exhale... and warm hugs to you all!


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P.S. 

I promised to pick 3 winners of our Art Alchemy Wax Giveaway. 
It was a hard job indeed, as you left so many beautiful comments, filling my days with joy. I'm so happy and proud to see you like my new product so much and to hear all the creative ideas you come with. 
After a longer debate we finally picked our winners - but if I only could I'd give prizes to all of you!


Set of Metallique Waxes goes to Ellen Dematos
Set of Opal Magic Waxes goes to Anna Nowicka
and set of Antique Brilliance Waxes goes to Mel.

Please contact us at: missmoth1@gmail.com with your address to claim your prizes!
Thank you again for joining the giveaway and all the support.
You make it all worthwhile.

23 comments:

Preety said...

Wow!! What a gorgeous piece.
Love everything about it!!

Mel- said...

OH my gosh! I'm so excited!! I won! I Won!!!

And your project is SPECTACULAR. Welcome back home :-)

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I know this feeling so well. Lovely piece, great dimension, layers and colours . Very expressive. Tracy x

Sanderijn de Bruin said...

Oh Anna, how I can relate to your story do much! I recognize every single bit of it! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us and of course your beautiful and so admirable art! Inspiring and unique, as always. Congrats to the winners!

Jenn White said...

*☆♡☆* HUGS TO YOU & YAY!To the lucky winners!♡

Asas à imaginação said...

ace the impulse and also to express all this process ... that was like a birth, no! You have all my admiration!
Marlei
PS. Congrats to the winners!

Heather Thompson said...

amazing inspirational piece. and big congrats to the winner. very cool.

Anguree Jansen Van Rensburg said...

Such a wonderful project and yes yes yes. I can totally relate. It's definitely a battle and allowing yourself to roam free despite thinking that you don't have the time may cause a couple of late nights yet everything goes so much easier and quicker. Like you say it falls into place almost automatically. Thank you so much for sharing xxx

famillemarleau said...

Congrats to all the winners. Johanne Lacombe

Belinda Basson said...

Thank you so much for your inspiration. You are an awesome leader of an incredible worldwide movement of artists who love to create because you are so genuine to yourself. It is so nice to read that you listen to yourself, one so often puts the world first and the calling of what HAS to be done to the detriment of ourselves. This project of yours proves that as artists we need to fill ourselves up first in order to be able to create for the world out there!

Wilma said...

Ooooh wow, so glad you followed your heart! What a masterpiece!
Thank you so much fo sharing your story,and yes I know the feeling;-)
Congrats to the lucky winners

Sanda Reynolds said...

This is so powerful Anna and so very inspiring! Just BEAUTIFUL! Why are "torturing" ourselves like this I have no idea, but I understand you so well... And I know that feeling of coming home and it's so, so good! You just spoke directly to my heart, my dear friend! Much love to you, Sanda xxx

Lynne Joncas said...

what a wonderful piece this is, and you are so right that we need to take the time to listen to our hearts and create just for ourselves...glad you were able to take the time and nourish your soul...

corinne de france MARCH said...

LOVE IT !

Inhale. Exhale ;-)

Anna Nowicka said...

OMG! OMG! Lovely prize I could only dream about <3 thank you so much! This happy news only confirms I can not give up on mixed media :) I cannot wait to try them and promise to share the effect!

Anna Nowicka said...

just a short note I have forgotten to write - thank you for being such an inspirational person, great project! :)

Rachael Pancoast said...

Your words could have been written by me, all of it is so true for myself! I need to get back to what I love the most: no plan, no process, just my heart creating art.

Marci said...

Very powerful!

Teresa C said...

Always so inspiring, just like your words! It is suggestive, sensitive your work!

Gitte said...

Wow. Awesome piece of art.

barbara macaskill said...

I have had projects like this one that are in your head and just won't let you go until you let it out to live and breathe in the real world! Most of the time, once released, they turn out to be some of my best creations!
I love what you have done and am glad you finally gave in to it!
Congratulations to the three lucky wax winners! I have to admit that I am so jealous of Anna Nowicka's prize package of the Opal Magic Waxes! They are so fabulous and make my heart race! Thank you for your generosity!

cjsimplyscraps said...

Congrats to all the winners! Thanks for sharing your story and your wonderful creation. Procrastination is one of my weaknesses so I know exactly what u mean. There's always something that needs to be done.

Iris R. said...

Having taken one of your class. To me, this project expresses your passion for art, drive and caring attitude. I remember my project had probably to much much and would not dry fast enough and we were moving to the next phase and you walked around and you saw my piece was still wet. You took my project to your section where you had a stronger heating to help my project dry fast, so I can keep up. Luckily, it dried in time, and I was able to take home a successful project.

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