So.....I have always wanted to start a blog. It is intimidating, right? But, what isn't?? So, here I am stepping out of the proverbial box o' comfort. Yay, me.
I am just back from what I am calling my mini art retreat. I took two classes from artist/teacher Seth Apter at an art shop in Alexandria, VA called Artistic Artifacts. One was on Friday night and the other all day Saturday. So I decided to stay the night in a nearby hotel, making a lil' trip out of it. I also went early and walked around Del Ray and Old Town, two areas of Alexandria I have always liked.
I adore my life and my family. Don't get me wrong. But I have learned something about myself in recent years. In order for me to enjoy the noisy bits of my life--ie, I have a 6 year old and a 7 year old--I HAVE to have some silence. Some ME time. O.M.G. the TV + the bickering + loud toys + all the noise that is already in my head at all times = Cray Cray Kerry. I feel so over-stimulated when it is like that. I wish I could tune out some of it, like some people can. But, alas there it is.
So, YES to grouping my two classes into a length of time that felt like a tiny get-away. I allowed myself to just walk around and follow my heart. Wander into shops. Sit and journal in cafes. Sit on a hotel bed and read a newspaper and magazines and a book. I kept a vow to myself that I would not even turn on the TV! YES to quiet.
And Y E S to taking art classes! I will be a lifetime learner. I believe we all should. I love coming home with new experiences and new ideas and techniques to try in my work. Both with Seth Apter, I took a class on altering photos and one on stenciling. These are two things I don't do too much of in my work so I was glad to try them.
Learning, meeting people at the classes, being surrounded by lots of creativity, self-paced art-making, quiet, self-care. Yes, please.
Now I am home with all of the crazy that that can mean...and I love that, too. Off to pop some corn and watch a movie with all my peeps. xoxo