5. In what ways do you think your creative work affects your mood and general well being?
A few years into this art adventure, I realized that I am happier if I do a bit of art each day. Focusing my mind on drawing or art journaling or taking photographs allows me to challenge myself creatively. This helps me focus in other parts of my life.
6. What challenges have you faced in your creative work? And how did you deal with them?
The challenges are mostly physical. I had surgery 10 years ago to repair entrapped nerves in my wrist and elbow, years before I started doing art. I have to be careful to work within my limits each day, to pay attention to how I am using my hands and arms, to stop before I get to the point of over-use. It’s crucial to pay attention to very small indicators like a twinge or certain feeling that comes before weakness or pain. I also experiment with art materials to learn what works better for me. For example, pitt pens are less taxing than colored pencils. I also jump between mediums, because that seems less taxing than working continually on one thing!
7.What creative tool or tip has proved invaluable in your creative life?
If you want to do something creative, it doesn't matter where you start! You don't have to pick one medium. Or one style. Or one time slot. You don’t have to have a plan. Focus on the process, the play.