What are your reasons for not exploring your creativity? Do you feel that you dont have enough time or do you say, “I cant draw a straight line”? Or do you boldly confess, “I dont have an artistic bone in my body”? As the editor of The Artists Magazine, I feel as if Ive heard all the excuses from friends and acquaintances as to why theyre not using their creative potential. And I must say, Im guilty of stating more than a few of these myself in defending my own artistic pursuits (or lack thereof).
But I believe that we all have creativity in us. We just need to know how to better tap into it. And we need to tap into it with the limited amount of time that we all have in our hectic lives. Thats why I put together this magazine, in fact. For the Artists Sketchbook is designed to help you discover the artist within you.
Now Im not misguided enough to claim that with this magazine youll be able to paint like Monet or sketch like Michelangelo. In fact, Im not going to show or tell you how to paint a pretty picture at all (although painting one may be a nice side benefit). What I will tell you is how to enjoy the process of making art of all sorts. And how to enhance your life with art. By simply taking the time to peruse some of the information youll find in the following pages, youll find some tools for helping you discover what makes you tick artistically.
If nature inspires you, check out “A Walk in the Woods”. In it, youll discover easy tips for sketching and photographing nature. Or if youd like to try a more social form of art, look at “Creating With Friends”. There, youll see how to plan a creative get-together where you can hang out with friends and try your hand at making a mosaic tile paving stone. If traveling fuels your creative fire like it does mine, turn to “Sketching Your Travels” and discover some easy tips for enhancing your vacation journal with sketches. And if you prefer to stay closer to home, in “A Quiet Place” youll find tips on how to set up a space that gets you thinking creatively.
Taking time for art doesnt have to be a big part of your already busy day. In fact, there are a variety of ways—both big and small—that you can add art to your life. For instance, on the next page Tera Leigh shows and tells how she uses a Polaroid camera to record the happenings of her day. For an even more simple solution for adding creativity to your life, take inspiration from the following: One of my co-workers uses markers to draw posters celebrating fellow employees birthdays and other special occasions. Theyre great and everyone looks forward to receiving one. And one of my friends makes his wifes lunch and tucks in small drawings.
There are so many options for incorporating creativity into your life. I hope youll be inspired to try some of the ideas we present here, as well as some of your own. And since this is our first issue of Artists Sketchbook, please take a moment to let us know what you think. Have we inspired you to create? If so, how and what? E-mail your comments to us at [email protected] Or write us at 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati OH 45207. We appreciate your input.
In the meantime, stop making excuses. Give art a try. Like exercise, I think youll enjoy the results you achieve if you take the time.