The Nature of Artistry

artistry-image-vrobinsonArtistry. An artist is defined as “a person who creates art.” Art, at it’s most basic level, is defined as “something that is created with imagination that expresses important ideas or feelings. Hmmm.

Creativity. Creativity is defined as “the ability to make new things or think of new ideas”.

Artistry and creativity. I’ve been thinking about these words a lot lately because for most of my life I did not think of myself as creative or artistic in any sense of those words and I can’t really remember spending much time as a child doing artsy-crafty types of things. Slowly, though, I’ve started to realize that artistry and creativity appears in many forms. My Mother crocheted, knitted and did cross-stitching and embroidery. My Dad took hundreds (and hundred and hundreds) of photos and apparently he was also quite the poet. At  83, he is busy making slide shows of those photos – with music and everything! At 83!!! My Sister is also a gifted poet and writes an award-winning blog about her struggles caring for her husband, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s a number of years ago. She’s also a very accomplished, self-taught photographer and takes fabulous nature shots. My Brother is a professional actor. I guess it’s fair to say that those are quite creative, artistic pursuits right? It’s just a matter of your perspective.

For me, having the time to explore my own creativity and artistry feels nourishing. But also a bit overwhelming. In the few weeks since I closed my digital shop I have been absolutely all over the place in terms of art. I’ve done abstract watercolor florals; practiced scribbly faces, completed an acrylic canvas; started an “everyday” journal; tried some simple sketching; experimented with new acrylics, creating tons of backgrounds for the fun of it; started a whimsical inspiration journal for a class; looked into learning brush letter for mixed media and on my iPad Pro (happy birthday to me!); started a watercolor class, with another b beginning in March; joined Life Book 2017 and Wanderlust 2017 and Inspiration Wednesdays; signed up for  Finnabair’s first ever online class (swoon) and a Procreate (iPad Pro) class for art journalers. I’m re-visting Dina Wakely classes I took a couple of years ago and need to get started on a Roben-Marie Smith class I purchased in the Fall. I’ve also started a project using vintage photos of my Mom and Dad – a project inspired by a Denise Love (2LilOwls) class.

Whew! My 2017 word is “renew” – maybe it should have been focus!

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  1. Su Hall

    Gosh, you DO have talent in your family! So, what would happen if you spent some time ‘dabbling’ and seeing where your interests lie the most? I wish I was able to take more classes, but, I think I made a good choice with Sebastian’s groups.

    Seriously. Let this year be the year you explore. I love some of the same type things as you, so, I’m sure you will have fun! You don’t have the deadlines, or the business aspect to deal with. So, just enjoy what you encounter.

    I am looking at that course by Finnabair, now that you mention it. Thing is, I don’t have any supplies, so to speak, anymore. I let my grandchildren paint and they weren’t as cautious as I would have been, so, I need to buy a lot of resources! My brushes are shot! I have a very small budget to work with, so, I look for the courses that give the most bang for the buck! LOL

    Do keep posting where this year of ‘renewal’ takes you! I enjoy reading it!


    • Vicki Robinson

      Su! So great to hear from you again! I think you’re exactly right – I feel like I’m not really sure in what direction to go, so I’m playing in everything to see what develops. I admit I’m a serial class taker – I made need professional help! I have the same concerns about Finnabair’s course – but I do have a small stash of stuff that might work for her project. I do love her style and for awhile, was trying to figure out how to translate it to the digital world.

      It’s always great to hear from you – I always appreciate your kind words! Hugs!!

  2. Lesley Nitschke

    LOl and I suppose all that’s planned just for the first couple of months of 2017, I’m exhausted just reading it hahaha….focus should def been your word for the year 😀 or 2 words finding time 😀

    • Vicki Robinson

      Right? Lol!!


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