What is the best gift you could ever give and receive?
Recently, I introduced an idea on social media that I want to follow up with. I was thinking about Giving Tuesday and what I could do to contribute to this 'holiday'. As I thought about what I could do I had some ideas that I thought would be fun to try but I also realized that I didn't have the energy or time to do them. Life gets so busy so quickly!
Then I thought, how could I give people more time?
Cyanotypes have been around for quite a long time, like 1842 long time. Sir John Herschel and Anna Atkins are the two pioneers of this process and if you want to learn more about them, the internet is full of information about how they got started.
But how can YOU get started?
It's always exciting to start out the new year with a clean slate, but sometimes that clean slate can feel a little daunting or even overwhelming. How can you fix that? Well, I happen to have a suggestion.
The question that is always in the back of my mind when I create art is, what is this for? Who does this help? Will it make a difference to anyone else or is this just a self-gratifying hobby that I have? I don't make political statements with my work. I don't have religious calls to action. I don't have a 'cause' that I am trying to advocate. My work is abstract; how does this help anyone?
Not everyone is concerned about the impact their work has and they can be completely satisfied knowing that they are doing something for themselves and enjoying their time. Why is this not the case for me?
I don't have a complete answer yet, however, I found part of an answer recently.
It has been a long time since I have sat down and had time to write. I've been LOVING this summer, probably because last summer I had a tiny human that needed me and I wasn't able to enjoy my summer so this year, oh man, we have been doing all of the things!
So I sit here with time and think, what do I write about? What do you want to know, what do I want to share?
A part of me has been un-inspired the past few months. I'm in a lull. They happen to all artists and so as I'm in this moment I've been asking myself the question, 'Why does inspiration matter?'
Here are several things that came to mind.
Oh Hey! it's me, Amy
These are stories about my art, experiences I've had in my career, and some other fun stuff too. I will probably overshare, sometimes I can't help it. Enjoy!