I was talking to a good friend once, having a wonderful conversation about life and living (as we do) and she identified one very important point about where I'm at now and what it is that I am actually doing. She explained that after working for the last 20 years, getting married, building our home and having kids, that I am now 'value adding' to my life. I am at the stage when I am 'set up', the 'hard work' is done and I am now seeking and doing things to add value to my life. This is so very true as I now spend a lot of time doing other things than just house work and running after my kids......I take time out for me, I take time out to find that 'feel good' feeling when it all seems way too hard.
You may know that I love to paint with oils on canvas for my ultimate creative release. Unfortunately, one major thing that holds me back from this is not having the room or space to set up my canvas' and paints, start a piece and then be able to leave it and go back to it when I can. This is a real nuisance and I wish that I had more space so I could do this. But the beauty of being an artist is that if you have the ability within you, it never goes away and will always be there to use at any time in the future. So I grin and bare it, take it as it is and accept that my painting will just have to sit within me until I can find a way to express myself again through this art form. This, obviously, is my ultimate art form.
I have developed a great interest in gardening and this is most certainly a kind of art form. I am reworking my back yard, digging dirt, pulling up weeds, growing fruit and vegetables, trimming trees and shrubs, laying pavers and turf and just all round having a lot of fun with it. This is hard, heavy work at times but it is most certainly one of my labours of love. The results are amazing, truly satisfying and most importantly, nice to look at. I love the way vegetable plants look when they are growing, I love seeing my apple tree get its Spring blossoms, I love watching my rose bushes flower, I love to see what was once an overgrown mess start to look ordered and useful. All of these things provide much pleasure to my eyes and make me feel happy and ultimately, this is what we want art to do. So I take lots of photos of my garden as it progresses and find this a really rewarding everyday art form.
I also love to cook and get creative in the kitchen. My style of cooking uses fresh ingredients and is very simple, but I have been told that it looks and tastes good! So I experiment every now and then with different dishes and always try to reinvent my old favourites........and I like the way it looks, I like to tempt my taste buds with images of my cooking, it gives me a way to 'create' something when I can't paint. This has become a fun everyday art form, something that I do everyday and I enjoy sharing what I cook with my friends and family who always enjoy eating it too! I have found that I love to cook and enjoy documenting this in a kind of way to create something that people can relate to and enjoy looking at. Everyone needs and loves to eat, so I use multi media, my camera and my kitchen to cook and create at the same time.
I realised a long time ago that there will always be dishes to do, laundry to wash, bathrooms and floors to clean, demanding children seeking attention and I knew pretty quickly that there had to be more to it than this. So I started, rather unconsciously, looking for ways to express myself, share my creativity and hey presto, my everyday art forms were created. I will always appreciate appealing images and I will always be determined to achieve and succeed at the things that I do. So as I work, I play and find ways to 'make art' out of everyday tasks and chores.......this keeps me smiling, happy, amused and helps me to keep on keeping on :) xxx