I once was an art student, found work as a graphic designer but then shifted gears in 1998 to focus on building a career in marketing. Now at age 45 I am fortunate to have worked for consumer goods manufacturers for 24 years and earned an MBA in marketing. While honing my analytical business skills over the years, the asks of my free creative brain have been lesser. There have been a few times that I have circled back to be sure my creative self could still be found. Like, when I learned professional faux finishing techniques on nights and weekends, painted a murals for businesses and in my home, refinished furniture, dabbled in art and craft projects of all kinds.
This last hiatus has been the longest.
Since 2003 I battled infertility issues, completed an MBA, moved across the country; raised a healthy child, participated in community and work activities and enjoyed being a loving wife and part of an active family. While this has given me great joy; my creative self has suffered. I allowed it to be completely contained. When it is used, it has been planned and objective driven; not with an open free brain of an artist that is breathing the world in and exhaling personal emotion and thought through a visual minimum.
I have found that achieving work/life balance means that I have to find projects that nurture my creative self and allow me to use by brain without rules. I let my hand explore line and my senses take in the color. I need to explore the mediums like a child, and let my pen wander like a highway through the mountains.
The Sketchbook Project has opened a door that has once again asks me to let my brain free and begin to explore the visual world at the edge of my pen. I am capable of so much. This experience is the beginning of a new exploration of balance. A test in self growth that allows me to invite my creativity into everyday of my life. In my sketchbook are just studys, but what they represent is my reintroduction to my whole self and the visual artist that lies within.
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