Being Creative

“90% of painting is redoing your first pass.”

This means that once you’ve covered your entire canvas, you’re project is only 10% complete.

As an art major, this has become our anthem. Equally liberating and maddening, the truth of this quote becomes so evident. The number of hours and days spent in the studio working over a painting will take you on an emotional roller coaster.

With every art project I’ve been given, no matter the task, the process remains the same. You start with confusion, searching for creative sparks in your brain to inspire your work, hoping something will set your soul on fire. Finding this inspiration feels much like the giddiness of Christmas morning, filled with wonder of possibilities and potential of this new creation.


Then comes the work. In this process there are often times when you question why you ever thought you enjoyed art in the first place. There are moments of encouragement, finding new colors or exciting ways to express your story, but there are also great moments of frustration, scrapping back paint or entirely coving your canvas again in hopes to bring it back to life.

But through all this is where the art becomes its own. Every layer of paint, both scratched away and added again, has its own story creating layers upon layers of expression.

Regardless of how an art work finishes, it’s the work behind it that is beautiful.

While this quote is directed at the art world, it parallels every area of my life. Inspiring me to never be in a place of contentment and knowing there is always room for improvement.

How liberating to know that if at first we fail, it’s a good thing. And how inspiring to know that our first pass is only the beginning

In this project our task was to “be creative”, a d find a way to share a story through drawing. No guidelines. No limitations. So I decided to combine my two loves, art and dancing, into an expressive story. I have always been inspired by the art of Heather Hansen, a dancer and fine artist, whose work combines movement and visual arts. With inspiration from Heather’s work, I came to the decision of drawing the pathway of an old ballet variation, marking out the motions of my feet and hands through charcoal onto a large sheet. I’ve never had so much fun in my life.

Much Love,

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