Are you still painting? I get asked this all the time. I have taken time off to focus on my family and build a business with my husband. I don’t show my work as much as I did before, therefore the assumption is that I am no longer painting or creating. Well the thing is that I have had to modify my creative mediums in order to accommodate for a busy life.
I make smaller art pieces, which at first felt more like craft than art. Now when I group them or photograph them I can see their value as fine art. Whatever that means, (*&*^% labels and genres).
When I began to take my art seriously I thought I had to paint large grandiose canvases, because that is what “real” artists did.
I think that as I have grown into identifying myself as an artist the need to be a “real” artist had phased into creating sacred art. Detaching myself from the ego identification of being an “Artist” and learning to channel this creative energy in all aspects of my life.
I also write more, perform Spoken Word, teach Yoga, and my books are periodically selling copies, so there is a progression.
The point I’m making is that my life is my art. I’m always doing my best to add color, texture and inspiration. Life is a creative outlet, which is primarily an inspired growth process, and yes I still do pick up my brush, pen and yoga mat.