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Creating is a way of life

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I’ve actually been sticking to my schedule this summer and creating a piece of art a day.  I have moved on from the coasters and have been doing large pieces…..well large pieces to me up to about 11×17.  (Those are much bigger than a 3×3 coaster lol.)  I am looking into a class at Jenny Doh‘s studio with Flora Bowley.  She uses big canvases, a lot of paint and an almost abstract but not exactly style.  She has amazing colors in her pieces and can do amazing things with paint.

I’ve been creating mixed media pieces left and right and have actually been putting them up on my etsy (rockstarsgirl.etsy.com).  Mention “Making the Everyday Beautiful” in the notes to seller and get 5% off your order.

My life started on a much different track.  Going to school and planning on getting a masters in forensic psychology and dealing with the criminally insane was the theory.  Then the fibromyalgia struck and everything changed.  I went from carrying 18 units and working 20+ hours a week to sleeping 20+ hours at a time.  The only thing that got me through constant pain and debilitating sleeping patterns was creating things.  For the couple hours a day I’m awake I am covered in paint.  It morphed from creating to get through the anxiety attacks and pain to creating for others to heal.  Now I put my stuff up for the public to see, to buy to do what they will with it.  It is my creation but I hope it brings happiness to someone like the process of creating it in those few fleeting hours where I’m not a pile of pain pills and brain mush has brought to me.

I take orphan photos, rusty bits, ephemera and everything I can find to make my creations.  I take the old, the ordinary, the mundane and transform it into something beautiful.

Creating will make you strong.