Sunday, February 11

Inspiration Bubble Bath

I woke up this morning on the right side of the bed. Love when that happens! Not having been a morning person- ever- I admit this is truly a rare occurance. It typically takes a cup of coffee to snap me out of my morning funk.

I decided that rather than my regular morning brushing the teeth and taking a shower routine, I'd take a bubble bath instead- so I grabbed a cup of coffee, some of my most inspiring books and drew a bath. I sipped coffee from my custom mug featuring collage artwork from True Colors artist Sarah Fishburn and perused the colorful pages of
True Colors, Pretty Little Things by Sally Jean Alexander and Messy Thrilling Life by Sabrina Ward Harrison. These are all at the top of my list of books to gaze at when seeking creative inspiration. You know it's been a successful Inspiration Bubble Bath when you find yourself suddenly making a giant mental list of art supplies you must have- must buy charcoal, must get more paint, need more little square wooden artist panels... must finish bubble bath and get dressed so I can get my to the art supply store-- STAT!

Just to give you an idea of where the heck I've been... I haven't updated my website with new things in a while because my work has been changing a bit. I've been making things but just not putting them out into the world. It's been sort of a slow and unintentional transformation this past year. Almost one year ago- right after the new year- I was so burned out! Moonwater Designs experienced the busiest holiday season ever, and all my creativity vanished without a trace. It quickly fizzled out and I tried a bunch of things but just couldn't make it come back. I moved to Denver last May and have personally experienced a lot of change within myself, sort of embraced the retreat from art and started focusing on taking care of myself better all last summer, and just know that who I am inside has grown and changed in good ways. I used to LOVE bright colors, so much of my jewelry created back when I started in 2001 was a wild array of strong hues- blues and greens, bright oranges and purples. I've been fascinated with dusty turquoise lately and muted shades aree singing to my heart. It will be fun to see how my style transitions even more. I now live near the heart of downtown Denver, next to the sky scrapers, so there are lots of people always around, buses and sirens and graffiti and old brick buildings that were built in the late 1800's. Such a change of scenery from cities I've lived in before- Sioux Falls, South Dakota... Fort Collins, Colorado... Iowa City, Iowa. All these places were pretty similar in size and had the same sort of feel and look about them.

In any case, I've been working on quite a few little pieces with paper and sometimes paint that I'm putting behind glass. Some themes I've been fascinated with recently are houses and cowboys. Even though the necklaces are tiny and really simple, my love for working in collage is back. I want to venture out to my favorite art store today to pick up some more canvases. I bought one several weeks ago and can't get myself to use it because I don't want to "ruin it." I do the same thing with certain journals- they rest on my shelf, full of promise (but no writings or collage messes) because I am saving it for something really special. That's just silly and honestly goes against my artistic philosophy. I would tell anyone else just to dive in and make a mess and here I am with blank journals and canvases in my art cabinet.

2 comments:

jenny vorwaller said...

nicole,

the inspiration bubble bath (in the morning!) sounds wonderful...especially that follow-up trip to the art supply store.

and taking time for yourself, so important. it's nice to see you back, see a bit of what you have been working on (love!)

ps, oh! thank you for calling me inspiring there, in your links, what a sweet thing...grins*

Ruby said...

Nicki...I think creating is like all passions, it comes and goes in waves. That is part of the process of change and creativity...and love. Seems like I tend to LOVE to do something, start to feel like I am forcing myself to do it after time, and then quit. Next thing I know I fall in love all over again, but in a different way!
Anyway, I am glad to see you have your inspiration back...keep on creating beauty, sis.