I once heard someone speaking about creating being intrinsic to us as human beings, and that the act of making something beautiful can be so utterly fulfilling. He emphasized that this is so because we have been shaped in God’s image, the Creator of all. This basic fact has been nudging me along recently. True, almost activity, even those not usually associated with art per se, can be perceived as or made into a creative outlet…cooking, homemaking, gardening, even sports, etc. But I have a hankering for some good ole fashion “making.”
Today I drew a crude crayon version of St. Basil the Great for my boy, yesterday we drew flowers from the porch, sewing is out because it’s too messy and consumes more space and time than I have right now. Now I readily admit that I am nothing more than mediocre in any arena but still the point is to try it and DO it right?
Some things I’d like to learn or do again:
tile mosaics (have never done this, I’d like to use found things like broken ceramics…maybe I ought to save all of our broken bits)
pottery (joined a co-op studio while in Santa Cruz and took 2 years worth in college…handbuilding would work)
hand embroidery (I know some very basic stitches but I want to learn the really cool beautiful ones)
writing (i used to love to write…cheesy poetry of course and some short stories. I’ve thought about children’s books…)
breadmaking (once it cools down and I fix my oven)
There are many more but these seem like they could feesibly fit into my life somehow. By saying this, doing feels like more of a reality. Ah, well it’s ok if it doesn’t happen this week or this month
What do YOU do or want to learn?