Creativity: Always Learning

Big Magic

A few months ago, my husband and I were fortunate to spend some time in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.  If you have the opportunity to go to the Los Cabos area, I highly recommend staying in San Jose over San Lucas.  It is an absolutely beautiful area set apart from the tourist bombardment that is San Lucas.  We found the perfect spot through Airbnb that gave us a spectacular view of the ocean and a short walk to what turned out to be almost our own private beach.  Thursday nights in San Jose offer an art walk where local artists display and sell their work in the square and galleries open their doors and invite you to become inspired.  As if sparsely populated beaches and local artistry weren’t enough, San Jose is also home to an oasis by the name of Flora Farm.  I wish I could describe the beauty and the feeling of relaxation that the farm provided for me.  I will have to settle for sharing a few pictures so I can get to the point of this post.  I’ll post a travel guide soon.

The point is, my desire to live a creative life was pushed into hyper-drive on this trip to San Jose del Cabo.  My read for this trip (because I always have a book with me, especially at a beach) was Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.  My only word to describe this book is amazing.  If you consider yourself a creative type or you feel like you have always wanted to be a creative person, I encourage you to read Big Magic.  The opening quote alone had me hooked.

Q: What is creativity?

A: The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration.

Gilbert goes on to explain what creativity and inspiration mean to her and how she believes we interact with inspiration to live a full, creative life.  This is something that is very important to me.  I have a love for making things, be it cooking, sewing, drawing, etc.  I am one of those people who have too many hobbies.  I have always felt somewhat discouraged by this.  I felt like if I could just focus my energies in one direction I could potentially become excellent at something rather than simply alright at several things.  This book helped me to accept that being creative doesn’t have to mean you’re only good at one thing.  Being creative means making things.  That’s it!  Living a creative life means you continue to interact with inspiration and make something.  In my case, and perhaps yours too, that means making whatever you want to make in however many categories you want to take part in.

Currently, Skillshare is feeding my desire to learn new and interesting mediums.  A few months ago, I began taking surface pattern design classes on Skillshare from a wonderful designer named Bonnie Christine.  I am still involved in her classes and workshops and adding daily to my knowledge of using Adobe Illustrator to create interesting patterns.  One day soon, I will follow Elizabeth Gilbert’s advice and share my work.

The final – and sometimes most difficult part – act of creative trust is to put your work out there into the world once you have completed it.

Until then, I will simply share a few of the fun and interesting classes on Skillshare that allow me to be always learning and live my creative life.  Enjoy!

pattern design

watercolor class

hand lettering

watercolor class2




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