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Creative Play Newsletter Vol 2: Issue 9 – Why Find Your Voice?

Last month, I wrote about how Creative Play™ can be helpful in finding your voice as an artist. What I didn’t discuss was why you would want to do that. I always hear so much talk about “finding your voice” and it used to really confuse me. I mean, if I created it, wasn’t it already in my voice? And, did it really make any difference if my work was particularly distinctive? Now that I am farther along in my journey, I have a better understanding.

For me, finding my voice was more about believing that I had something to say that was worth sharing than about creating work in signature colors. It was more about giving myself permission to speak than having a distinctive style. I think that is what confused me so much about “finding my voice.” I didn’t have to find anything. My voice didn’t need to be created. I just needed to be willing to speak through my art and that is scary.

Getting comfortable with my voice is a journey that I am still definitely on, but I took the leap (and even created a piece of art that reflects that experience.)

Julie Neu_blue circle on black background art quilt

New, 2017. Represents the feeling of standing on the brink, ready to jump into the abyss.

Now that I have taken that leap, I am creating art that is personal and meaningful. I feel like I am creating art from my soul and the experience of making it is so much more powerful than what I was doing before. I feel like Dorothy stepping into Oz and it’s exhilarating.

 

New – May’s BirdZeed Challenge

This month’s BirdZeed challenge word is “new.”  I did not sit down with a blank sheet of paper and brainstorm what the word means to me as I sometimes do to get started. Instead, I was talking with a friend about taking a step and doing something new and I imagined standing on a brink, looking down into a swirling blue abyss. I imagined jumping and when I got back to the surface and was again looking down at the blue, it was shimmering. I quilted the blue circle and some of the black background with a shimmery blue thread (Superior Threads Magnifico) to suggest that shimmering excitement of having jumped.

Julie Neu_blue circle on black background art quilt

New, 2017