Create and Connect • by Michelle Ward
Another angle might be to list my artistic accomplishments or tell you how I started a business while being a stay-at-home mom. I could admit that art is my daily companion, whether I’m actually working or just thinking about it. I might even confess that my workspace is a mess, but I am so grateful for a studio in our home. However, these personal details are really insignificant. The lesson that has risen to the surface, in the Epic or Minimalist version of my story, is that sharing your enthusiasm for creativity is more important than what you create.
Worth More than a Complete Canvas
Personally, the most precious aspect of being an artist has been to step into the role of teacher. To observe a student expand their confidence, have an aha moment, or experience pure joy from achievement is worth more to me than a stack of completed canvases. I am not in the classroom often, but have found another platform to advocate for art: blogging. By exposing my artistic journey, I cast the net toward an anonymous, and possibly non-existent audience. They find me. They tell me their stories of reclaiming or rediscovering their love of art making. How cool is that? The blog had been a self-imposed assignment to stay plugged in, to keep my customers updated, and perhaps to encourage dialogue about the process of art and how it fits into our lives. The result: blogging has enriched my life in many unexpected ways. I am inspired by the positive energy generated from a collective love of art. I think we find the people we are meant to meet, and being online simply presents the opportunity to make those connections.
I believe we all have a version of an ART SAVES story, Epic or Minimal. The key to writing your own is to be Brave. It takes courage to put that brush on the page. It takes nerve to show your work to others. It takes guts to believe in your talent. But it’s only a small step from Brave to Bravo! Then, you can sell your wares, teach your skills, volunteer your time, and share your experiences. Encourage others because you are on fire for creativity. The connections you make, because you are brave, are the ultimate reward.
To learn more about Michelle Ward visit michelleward.typepad.com. Join her Crusades for Creativity at michelleward.typepad.com/how_cool_is_that. Learn more about her rubber stamp business at greenpepperpress.com.