I haven’t felt this excited since art class in elementary school. Remember those little pottery ashtrays you could make in a portable kiln? Or maybe it was in junior high art class when I created a stained glass window out of black construction paper and colorful tissue.

I just FINISHED an art project. I don’t know whether it’s been because of the improvement in my arm, but I paced myself and finished an ART project. I’ve heard artists talk about the thrill of their creations but somewhere during my early school years, I started comparing my work to that of other students and stopped believing that I could create art.

Intellectually I knew that this was hog-wash, but my self-conscious self accepted that it was truth and I no longer tried to do the kinds of projects that had given me so much pleasure as a kid. Until now. And I’m beside myself. I want to acknowledge the people I know who have written about the fact that all of us can produce art; all of that inspiration certainly helped bring me back to me.

4 Responses to "The Re-Birth Of An Artist"

  1. colleen

    May 26, 2008

    I love this! I hope it inspires me. I’ve been collecting stuff to get back into collage journaling for many months now. I haven’t yet broke through the block because I know how time consuming it will be.

  2. jamie

    May 26, 2008

    YAY!! Congratulations, Sunny, on completing your art project! Gold stars and A++’s all around.

    How wonderful and inspiring. I’m grinning ear to ear.

  3. sunny

    May 26, 2008

    Colleen — Just think of it in 15 minute segments. That’s what got me through my block.

  4. sunny

    May 26, 2008

    Jamie, thanks for your inspiration. It’s been hard to watch what you’ve been producing without wanting to get in there myself!

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