I've been thinking lately about the strange manifestations of creativity in my life. I started off as an artist, one of those people who doodled on everything. Yes, I even got in trouble for it in school because I would get caught up in a drawing and not pay attention!
As the years went by, and college (and marriage) came along, I found myself getting away from drawing. I discovered these cool plaster figurines and began painting like a fiend. Let me tell you, everyone in my family has a few now. My favorite is a Nativity set I painted and antiqued. It's my most prized Christmas decoration. But, after going crazy with that, I moved on.
I have to admit I was a scrapbooker for a while. I think everyone with a creative side tries this. It was fun, and I filled a lot of albums, but I eventually realized I was going to smother in photos if I didn't get caught up. And, well, there is just no way to get caught up when you take pictures as much as I do.
Oh, yeah, there's another creative outlet! I'm not professing to be a phenomenal photographer, but I can take a darn good picture when I set my mind to it. (hee, hee, my southern side coming out in that last sentence.) I don't have the patience to learn all there is about operating a really good camera--nor the desire to tote around something that won't fit in my pocket--so that will never be a source of income for me, but I do love taking pics of my kids. And my dogs.
Which brings me full circle. I've started drawing again. I've been feeling the itch ever since I started writing--not sure if that is coincidence, or if it's because writing has taken over and I no longer paint figurines or scrapbook. But I just read Duma Key (Stephen King--can't officially recommend the book--loads of foul language, but the writing is awesome) and the main character is an artist. It's what pushed me over the edge.
Here's my latest, just a quicky sketch of my old Boxer.
He's just the cutest old thing ever. What amazed me is that I still draw in the same style I did in highschool. Like ridin' a bike!
Anyway, this journey has been really cool. And it ain't anywhere near over.