On being a starving artist…

Okay in the hunger or poverty meaning of the word starving I am not.. but I think all remotely creative people are starving in some way. We are either starving for attention, inspiration, approval or any number of ways to feed ourselves in order to produce. I am not new to the creative, growing up in music and drama, it has been something normal. One of my favorite presents was a ream of white paper and a set of markers. As I grew older I also enjoyed writing and sometimes poetry. The arts have always been a therapeutic outlet for me. What has been new as it being part of my job. Specifically writing and graphics. It has been a learning year and when I look back at things I produced a year ago it is sometimes hard to look at. I am so thankful I am around people who have let me learn as I go. I am also incredibly thankful for tutorials and training videos. Often I know what I want something to look like, I just don’t know how in the seemingly endless Adobe Creative Suite tools.

This past week has had me thinking who I live for. Am I starving for approval, attention, etc? I think you can walk into dangerous territory if you are. If I seek approval from people, I will always come up short. I can’t please everyone. But my simple desire to create something that would either reflect the glory of God or at some point get people to a realization of who He is and really to please God. I already have his approval- paid for long ago. If I am looking for attention I will be hurt when I don’t get recognition. I have the attention of God. If I look for influence and inspiration in places that are not of God, I will come up short. I will be starving if I am apart from God but full and fruitful with Him, seeking his approval, attention and inspiration.

So I’m okay. I would change about 12 things about my latest project. There are flaws and errors that probably only me and the 3 graphic designers at our church can see. But I’m learning and it was created to hopefully help people get what they need in a simpler, cleaner and less wasteful fashion. I can’t beat myself up just continue to move forward and pursue wholeheartedly Jesus.

Recent Art Projects

Had a request from someone to post recent art projects:
Fall Familyfest:

Uniquely You workshop:

Rise Together

Stage art project for Rise Together: Large frames, spray painted glossy black and the letters “RISE” hung in side with string and grommets.

Recipes Sermon Graphic

Family Movie Night

Banner for eNewsletter w/ new Grace branding

As always.. Gwyneth in Progress. So much to learn. I am currently pouring through Adobe CS5 Design premium and while I thought I had a pretty firm grasp on Illustrator, I learn new things every day! I am loving working finally with photoshop and using many spare moments to watch tutorials on Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, flash, the whole nine yards. Lifelong learning. Have also started in the old sketchpad. It will be a long time or never before those see the light of day. Yikes. Maybe I shall stick to painting and crafty business.