Wow- It didn't seem like that long.
Sometime not long after that last entry, I just "fell" and couldn't get up again. Coinciding with an outrageous bout of depression, and not coincidentally, returning to full-time work outside the home, I just lost my creative mojo.
I remember giving myself permission to not worry about it- and I spent my down time pretty much reading. The girls were a lot littler 4 years ago- my baby would have been only 3 so I guess that had something to do with it too.
My workspace played a part too- I had set up a corner of the basement/garage for my "workshop" but really every time I tried to get down there it was either too cold, or a small person wanted to "help". It's all a bit of a blur but I gave it up as a bad joke.
Fast forward about 2 years. I started looking at online art classes again- I found the Will Kemp Art School and did his basic drawing course, and a couple of his acrylic painting courses. Drawing and painting were off-limits to me psychologically til then, thanks to my upbringing (another post for another day, maybe). I was pleased and surprised to discover that while I wasn't what you'd call TALENTED- I could learn and improve, like anyone else. With the help of the Wet Canvas community forums I have done a couple of acrylic paintings that even I liked enough to frame and hang.
That was probably over a year ago. Again, lack of workspace, lack of time...it just fell by the wayside.
Recently, I was googling to see if Stephanie Lee had written a follow-up to Semiprecious Salvage, one of the most inspiring art books I have ever seen. Amazon had her new Plaster Studio book. I downloaded it and couldn't wait to try! It's a good book but me being me, I needed to SEE STUFF DONE to really get it. BEHOLD THE EBOOK- in this case not an ebook as in Kindle ebook, but a whole other thing- an online workshop with step by step videos and things. It's fabulous and worth every cent.
This is getting long- suffice it to say that the techniques in this book/workshop filled the gap for several ideas I've had for a while but didn't have the means to execute. I'll fill in the blanks in future posts.
Best of all, I rearranged available space in the main area of the house and came up with a viable workspace for myself! Hopefully this will be the first post of many, as I get my legs back and eventually get my Etsy shop back up and running too.