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The quest for an artistic voice. Friend or foe?  I've been listening to the buzz in our mixed media community around artistic voice.  Some of it is good and some of it, well, feels kinda hurtful and shame-inducing. ⁠
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Which, of course, gets me all riled up.  I feel so protective of our sweet little community. The mama bear comes out in me. This safe space where we get to explore and be curious and find our freedom when we make art. So different from what the world expects from us in
The quest for an artistic voice. Friend or foe? I've been listening to the buzz in our mixed media community around artistic voice. Some of it is good and some of it, well, feels kinda hurtful and shame-inducing. ⁠ ⁠ Which, of course, gets me all riled up. I feel so protective of our sweet little community. The mama bear comes out in me. This safe space where we get to explore and be curious and find our freedom when we make art. So different from what the world expects from us in "real life" and yet, the hustle, perfection, and performance, the comparison trap that we experience in so many ways is seeping into thoughts around our art practice and creativity like I've never seen it before. Are you with me on this? Are you seeing it too? ⁠ ⁠ I'm actually pretty concerned about it. ⁠ ⁠ So, I've got some thoughts about artistic voice that might run a little counter-culture and will be surprising. Kind of along the lines of some things @willa.wanders has been talking about on her social media. Have you seen it? The part about what making art every day and what that might mean for us creatives. She's got some good stuff to say that can bring a little peace if you've been struggling under the weight of all of it.⁠ ⁠ I'm putting together a downloadable workbook for you to bring in some peace and clarity around what I believe artistic voice truly means and what matters about it. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ If you want to be notified about the workbook you can sign up for my newsletter. DM me or drop your email in the comments and I'll add you. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #shaymichellestudios #mixedmediaartjournaling #mixedmediaartjournal #artkjournalpages #junkjournaling #junkjournals #sketchbook #intuitiveartist #creativitymatters
🌶 Sweet or spicy?  @Jenhatmaker taught me there are two kinds of people.  Those that are sweet.  And those that are spicy.  Hmmmmm, I'm thinking, sitting in my living room, feet curled under me.
🌶 Sweet or spicy? @Jenhatmaker taught me there are two kinds of people. Those that are sweet. And those that are spicy. Hmmmmm, I'm thinking, sitting in my living room, feet curled under me. "So, I dunno. Which one do you think I am?" Shawn was there with his coffee. "I'm thinking sweet, don't ya think?" Yes. That's it. Sweet. He raised eyebrows as he started to chuckle. "Sweet? Ya think so?" Now he starting to laugh. "Ahhhhhh, you're so cute. You think you're sweet?!! Sweet?! That's so funny." More laughing. "No babe. Spicy. Definitely spicy. And also funny you think sweet." He shook his head a little, his eyes twinkling because that's the thing he loves about me. I think I'm a handful and he thinks I'm the cutest thing he's ever seen. He's sweet that way. He likes me spicy just like I am. We both had a good laugh. Down in Texas where I'm from you might say I'm a little bit sassy. I'm kind. I'm empathetic. But I've got an engine on me for sure. And a lotta spunk. I think that's one of my greatest strengths in art. I'm not afraid to try things. I'm not afraid to mess it all up. I go for things with gusto and without a lot of reserve. Now, this isn't how I am with everything in life. No way. But there's something about art that lights me up and makes me go for it. And you can see it in my work. In the brushstrokes, the color, all the texture thrown at it. I'm bold and invested. My work shows emotion and the energy I have that day. That's one thing I love about my job of teaching art. The way I can help other people to find their freedom in the making. They can loosen up, dive in and swim around in the deep for longer than they thought they could. It's basically the best to watch someone transform from tentative and scared, to open, curious, FREE. Gosh, I love that. What about you? Are you sweet 🧁 or spicy🌶? Tell me! Cuz I'm dying to know. 😍 #shaymichellestudios #visualjournaling #mixedmediaartist #intuitiveart #intuitiveart #artjournaling #artjournal #livefullyalive #journalart #mindfulnessthroughmaking #creativitymatters #markmaking #creativejournals #junkjournal #mixedmediaart #createcultivate
What if it gets ruined? Smashed and becomes ugly?  See that maroon ribbon?  The one that looks so pretty sitting on the page, all fluffy, sitting up high? You know I gotta eventually shut those pages, right. But you know what?  Who cares? What's it really matter?  Layer upon layer, collage, ribbon, modeling paste, beads, I pile that stuff up like a salad bar.  Knowing in the end, as the pages close, it will lose its perk.  Eventually, it will settle in, flatten in some way, and will show its history.  Like it's been there a long time and has a story to tell.  And you know what?  I don't mind one bit.  If after I'm done pushing it back and forth, going through the process of the making, if it changes, goes away, doesn't get finished, or even gets smashed. Why? Because it already satisfied me. It's served its purpose.  Sure, I want to keep it and flip open its pages one day in the future.  But does it have to be perfect?  Does it have to look exactly as it does sitting on this table?  For sure, no.  It's allowed to look old, to look loved, like a grandma's old cookbook. Dog-eared and stained so you love it even more. Just like that.  It's not about perfection or preserving it. 
It's about the love of making it.  Being in the flow.  Letting go and following curiosity.  About the way it makes me feel.  Free.  Unencumbered.  Loose.  Open.  It's served its purpose for me.  Art's like that.  It can be free, a path to journey on.  Not everything has to be a destination.  It's not all about the finished product.  We aren't machines.  We're makers. Real-life human beings.  We ebb and flow. Get tired or stressed.  We long for inspiration and connection. And we want to feel good when creating. And we're allowed to.  It's a beautiful thing to let go, free up our minds and bodies, to get lost in the creative process.  So, what are you making today?🦋 
#shaymichellestudios #livefullyalive #mindfulnessthroughmaking #creativitymatters #intuitiveart #intuitiveartist #lovetocreate #creativespirit #creativepractice #artmaking #simplereminders #calledtobecreative #cultivatecreativity #artastherapy #artforthesoul #positiveaffirmation #livewithintention #spiritjunkie
What if it gets ruined? Smashed and becomes ugly? See that maroon ribbon? The one that looks so pretty sitting on the page, all fluffy, sitting up high? You know I gotta eventually shut those pages, right. But you know what? Who cares? What's it really matter? Layer upon layer, collage, ribbon, modeling paste, beads, I pile that stuff up like a salad bar. Knowing in the end, as the pages close, it will lose its perk. Eventually, it will settle in, flatten in some way, and will show its history. Like it's been there a long time and has a story to tell. And you know what? I don't mind one bit. If after I'm done pushing it back and forth, going through the process of the making, if it changes, goes away, doesn't get finished, or even gets smashed. Why? Because it already satisfied me. It's served its purpose. Sure, I want to keep it and flip open its pages one day in the future. But does it have to be perfect? Does it have to look exactly as it does sitting on this table? For sure, no. It's allowed to look old, to look loved, like a grandma's old cookbook. Dog-eared and stained so you love it even more. Just like that. It's not about perfection or preserving it. It's about the love of making it. Being in the flow. Letting go and following curiosity. About the way it makes me feel. Free. Unencumbered. Loose. Open. It's served its purpose for me. Art's like that. It can be free, a path to journey on. Not everything has to be a destination. It's not all about the finished product. We aren't machines. We're makers. Real-life human beings. We ebb and flow. Get tired or stressed. We long for inspiration and connection. And we want to feel good when creating. And we're allowed to. It's a beautiful thing to let go, free up our minds and bodies, to get lost in the creative process. So, what are you making today?🦋 #shaymichellestudios #livefullyalive #mindfulnessthroughmaking #creativitymatters #intuitiveart #intuitiveartist #lovetocreate #creativespirit #creativepractice #artmaking #simplereminders #calledtobecreative #cultivatecreativity #artastherapy #artforthesoul #positiveaffirmation #livewithintention #spiritjunkie
💕It's the way it makes me feel. My love affair with art + learning. ⁠
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When I sit down, surrounded by all those pretty colors, the tumbling piles of patterned papers, sticky glue like a second skin on my hands, the messy under paper that's taken a beating from previous art sessions, I'm ready.  Show me whatcha got art practice.  Where are we going today?  What's there to learn?  It wakes me up.  Makes me feel free. ⁠
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I'm taking a really cool class right now.  It's all about texture and we're using a ton of new products I've heard of but haven't used before.  Let me tell you, for someone who's been doing art a long time, it's super fun to be introduced to all kinds of new ways of doing things.  Art shopping was brand new again for half a minute.  Encaustic, resin, crackle paste, funky rubber cement techniques, gold foil, and more!  I'm loving it.⁠
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Even though I'm a teacher, I'm also a learner.  Life long.  Are you like that too?  I'm always learning something, have got a project going on.  It's like I'm headed somewhere but I'm not sure where yet.  And I LOVE that.  Curiosity at its best. ⁠
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My newest class Soulful Sketchbook is still open and it's FREE.  And, holy cow, there are A LOT of you in there!  It's kinda knocked my socks off!  If you want in, c'mon.  Invite your friend too.  Everyone gets a seat.  Link in bio. Join me there. 🦋⁠
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💕It's the way it makes me feel. My love affair with art + learning. ⁠ ⁠ When I sit down, surrounded by all those pretty colors, the tumbling piles of patterned papers, sticky glue like a second skin on my hands, the messy under paper that's taken a beating from previous art sessions, I'm ready. Show me whatcha got art practice. Where are we going today? What's there to learn? It wakes me up. Makes me feel free. ⁠ ⁠ I'm taking a really cool class right now. It's all about texture and we're using a ton of new products I've heard of but haven't used before. Let me tell you, for someone who's been doing art a long time, it's super fun to be introduced to all kinds of new ways of doing things. Art shopping was brand new again for half a minute. Encaustic, resin, crackle paste, funky rubber cement techniques, gold foil, and more! I'm loving it.⁠ ⁠ Even though I'm a teacher, I'm also a learner. Life long. Are you like that too? I'm always learning something, have got a project going on. It's like I'm headed somewhere but I'm not sure where yet. And I LOVE that. Curiosity at its best. ⁠ ⁠ My newest class Soulful Sketchbook is still open and it's FREE. And, holy cow, there are A LOT of you in there! It's kinda knocked my socks off! If you want in, c'mon. Invite your friend too. Everyone gets a seat. Link in bio. Join me there. 🦋⁠ ⁠ #shaymichellestudios #shaymichelleartconnections #arttutorial #artheals #artecourse #artjoy #natureinspiredart #bohenmianart #floridaart #floridaartist #makemoreart #artinspiredbynature #mixedmediajournal #artjournalpages #intuitivepainting #intuitiveart #creativebiz #paintingclass #artlesson #onlineartclasses #artjournaling