I believe in the power of art partly because of my creative friend, Victoria Lynn Hall. She is a truly multi-talented, multi-passionate Renaissance Soul. As an artist, blogger and musician, I’m in awe of how creativity permeates everything she does.
I’m sure she’ll inspire you as much as she does me.
What does “being creative” mean to you?
Being creative means a lot of things to me. It means focusing on possibilities rather than limitations. It means problem solving and trying to make order out of chaos. And it means recognizing beauty and doing something to bring that beauty into the light for others to see.
When did you first realize that you absolutely had to lead a creative life?
I think I’ve always led a creative life, I just didn’t always value it. I spent way too much of my early life wishing I was more normal and yet all the people I admired were extremely creative in one way or another.
It was reading and practicing the tenets of “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron in my twenties that finally made me take myself more seriously as an artist and see myself as in the same league as the people I idolized. It started me on a path of healing the wounds that told me my creative and imaginative talents were something frivolous so that I could see them and utilize them as the incredible gifts that they really are.
It’s a path I’m still walking.
What inspires you?
Color, pattern, form. Music, art, nature. Questions, mysteries, possibilities.
Almost anything can spark my imagination and once a vision is formed there of something that could be created or transformed, it’s impossible for me not to pursue it.
What do you want your art to communicate?
I see making art as a communication between myself and my higher self (and perhaps even something beyond that).
I don’t seek to control that conversation but rather focus on expressing my thoughts, feelings, hopes and visions as honestly as possible through whatever medium I am using and trusting the response I get back from that. However, almost always what comes out of that collaboration conveys a story of hope, beauty and transformation.
Describe your creative process. What kind of patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
My most faithful creative routine is journaling.
It is how I check in with myself and it helps me prioritize my creative passions. Writing down what I am thinking, feeling and envisioning for my life shows me where my imagination is engaged and everything flows from there.
What is the most challenging part of the creative process for you and how do you meet that challenge?
The most challenging part of the creative process, for me, is just getting started on something. Usually, I meet that challenge by getting started on or finishing something else.
Having many different types of creative projects going on at once makes me a “productive procrastinator”. I focus on the task that I have the least resistance to and accomplishing that gives me the energy and confidence to take on the next task (or inspires a completely new one).
What’s the best advice you were ever given about how to be more creative?
This is a tough one for me because I’m not sure I need advice on how to be more creative.
There are actually some days when I would prefer to be less creative, at least long enough to get my laundry put away. But I will tell you one of the mottos I live by, which is engraved in gold letters on a little journal I keep close to me at all times: Trust Your Crazy Ideas.
Is there anything you’d like to add that I didn’t ask?
I would just like to say that I believe in the magic of kindness, especially when it comes to artists encouraging, inspiring and supporting each other.
Thank you Aprille, for being that magic for me and for inviting me to explore these questions.
Here’s how you can connect with Victoria:
You can find my blog at http://www.ibelieveinart.com/
For creative inspiration and encouragement like my I Believe In Art Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/
You can also connect with me through my I Believe In Art account on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/
And find fun and creative products to inspire your creative soul at http://www.ibelieveinartshop.