"Cloud Congregation" by Julie Jacobsen
One day when I was having a chemo treatment I pulled out my sketch book and decided to play around with my new colored pencils. I was going to do a little landscape with some cheery fluffy clouds but the cloud aspect got away from me. Then, as in almost all my sketches nowadays, more and more cloud creatures appeared. I actually think it's even better than what I had originally planned. Definitely more interesting. I've learned to let go and trust my instincts more. It's like my brain has gone back in time to my creative days in high school and before. How did I ever lose this drive? I guess I felt like I had to plan everything out in a drawing, etc. That's a real creativity squelcher! I had to become a total adult and had forgotten that art can be just for fun.
It has taken me quitting my job and being in a non stress environment with not much to do to get me to this wonderful point. I'm still doing planned out paintings but I'm doing all this creative stuff. It's like my brain has burst and shooting stars are spraying out. I keep thinking of all sorts of things. I have even thought of 3D ideas and I have not been interested in that for years and years-except my broken china mosaics.
Let the party continue (without any more illness.......oh please!!!!!)!!!!!!!