We are finally working on our basement renovation and I have uncovered some art work from my college days and my youth, that I had forgotten about. You will see a few in my Instagram posts and in my Instagram story today is a self portrait created by my 5 year old self.
They have been packed up for so long. Our house is very cozy and there isn’t much room to create (see how I tried to make sure that statement sounded positive, haha. You know the saying, ‘the words you speak become the house you live in’ and I am very grateful for our cozy house).
The artwork feels like so long ago, as if I created them in a different life. I love reconnecting with my young self in this way. It is nice to remember the projects I worked on, and the ideas or feelings that inspired them. When I was young, I used to create all the time. It was about experimentation and play and seeing what I could come up with.
I think so much intuition can come through creative work as well. For me, it feels like tapping into my core. I saw a quote recently by Emily McDowell. The quote is on finding yourself, and I feel like it applies to being creative as a way to connect to your soul:
“Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that become your beliefs about who you are. Finding yourself is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering of who you were before the world got its hands on you.”
This is “why I art”. Art is my way of reconnecting and building my intuition. Remembering my instincts. This all takes practice. As Pablo Picasso said, “it took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
I love how creating is so individual, just like one’s spirit.