Creative Close-Up

Creative Close-Up: Creating Art On My Terms

9.24.18

“You can draw…ohhh. Can you do a painting for me?” That’s probably what you get when you mention that you can draw, paint, sketch, you know what I mean. Then when you put a little bit of your work out there, they start to ask if you can do a portrait for them.

I can draw, sketch, and paint. I love it because I’m such a creative person and while I’m flattered for people to ask, I just don’t too much like it. 

Why? Well, I ask, how big do want the portrait or drawing to be? What do you want it to look like? All these kinds of questions, the ones I hate to ask because I don’t want to step on any toes to hurt feelings. I did accept one from a lady at my church, but this will be the last one for a very long while.  

I want to create art on my own terms, without the person asking me about the progress, you know, without nosing in on my work. You want to create a space for you and only you. I like the fact that I don’t have to be in hurry, to just take my time. I want to feel what I’m doing and thinking when I’m putting emotions on the canvas. Also, you may not want to push yourself. Again, I’m putting together a story when I use paint, pastel, any kind of material to put together a project. 

That’s the same when I write. I take the time to put together questions. Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. I don’t know if any other writer does this, but that’s something I use to help me. I also do a lot of research too. Looking outside my house, looking at the sky, I even Google, just everyday things that can help jog some inspiration or ideas. That is where the creativity begins. I put my own spin on paper or canvas. In other words, I take and create my own thoughts, ideas, and my feelings into the piece. 

So the next time someone asks, Thank you, but I’m busy with so many other projects. 

Image source: Salvador Dali (Pavbca.com)

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