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So far I have made it to 500 of the, at last count, over 900 blogs participating in this year's One World One Heart giveaway. I can feel a transformation already. When I first started hopping around and looking at all the various things people had to offer I noticed I was being very judgmental. You know, "oh I really like that" or "that's not art" or even in the case of some things "that is creepy, who would want that in their house?!" Now certainly everyone is entitled to an opinion but I would like to explain, particularly to my new readers, that since starting my Everyday Bliss project I have been at work on my two creative afflictions snobbery and the inability to begin. My snobbery is mostly self directed, I have always had difficulty considering anything I can do art, however even if you do something I think I am capable of doing then I will think less of your work too. Compound this problem with my general inability to start anything and you can see how visiting all these wildly prolific artists could have an affect on me.
Beautiful Collage work by Rosie of Altered Art and Stuff
The artists that I have had the most difficulty with are those who use collage and/or stamping in their work. I don't know if I would ever have patience for some of this obviously painstaking type of work but when ever I look at it I think that I quite possibly could do it too. Stampers who make their own stamps occur more like "real artists" but those using store bought ones are likely just hacks like me! So judgmental I know! And I would like apologize to anyone I may have mentally slighted! I am a polite gal so I never would say anything out loud but believe me the interior of my mind can be pretty harsh!
This is the delightful Abner by May Beads
The thing that is surprising me however is that I am finding that my strong emotions about whether something is art or not art is dissipating. Hanging out with so many different styles and craft techniques has opened me up to an enjoyment I did not expect. I also notice that I am now taken with process as much as outcome. I am intrigued about touching and molding some of the interesting polymer clays many of the artists use. I want to buy a sewing machine so I can try my hand at quilting or at least sewing something. I want to dig out the knitting project I started 25 + years ago and feel the click of the needles. I want to cut and shape paper into something new.
Darling Little Mouse by Snuggle Bug Blessings
I don't know if it will ever amount to anything as beautiful as much of the work I've found on my blog hop this week but thanks to the experience I feel I may actually be able to start. A few of the offered giveaways are supplies for a specific kind of art... if I win one of those I may even be offering my own handmade item in the next giveaway!
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