I’m a tween again. No, I’m not going backwards in age, but in between projects.
There are several things that I should be working on, but there are distractions. Sometimes, I have to focus on these other things. I understand it is important to keep practicing my art, even if its just a little bit every day. I realize that my biggest hindrance to that is scheduling my time. It is a constant challenge. What becomes priority? Sometimes the best laid plans get tossed into the air like a very bad juggler with fragile dishes; things just get dropped.
I think when I’m being a tween, it is a form of creative block and I just have to work through it. So while I’m looking for that inspiration, I’m trying to do other things.
A lot of my work is based on photographs and I have pretty good luck with a point-and-shoot camera. However, this summer I’m taking classes to understand how to use my new digital SLR camera. I’ve already taken a night photography class. I so love what happens in the dark, but I’ve never been able to take night images. I’ve been schooled now and am excited about taking those shots which have eluded me in the past.
Later this month, I’m taking a basic digital camera class so I can reinforce my knowledge of shooting photos manually in the daylight. Point and click is great, but I think the really cool shots come when you make adjustments to the manual settings.
For me, taking classes adds inspiration. Classes usually provide me with another skill to add to my creative options or refines the skills that I already have. They definitely add provocation into my creativity. I’m looking forward to the learning. I’ll keep you posted on the progress, but I’m sure you’ll also see it in my work.