Saturday, September 24, 2011

What started me into drawing, painting, being creative....

I didn't start drawing until after a very very close friend died of cancer (at 50) and my sister in law died of complications from kidney disease (at 53). Suddenly I started drawing, and painting and on and on. I'd always been somewhat creative, but their deaths were an impetus to me to really start drawing. Miss Em came out of some of that pain, she's been a great emotional outlet for me. In the back of my mind I always felts that Isabel and Lucile were channeling thru me - especially Isabel who was a wonderful artist.

Today I read Robyns post and truly - chills went up my back at the poem. The post itself is wonderful and sad and amazing, and the poem...wow.

I'm a bit stunned......

10 comments:

Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing this Mim. Firstly I am sorry for your losses of dearly loved family.
Secondly, I am glad for the art that has come from these experiences. And thirdly thank you for sending me to learn about Robyn and her incrediable carved art.
(I hope Soulbrush sees this, as Robyn lives in South Africa and one can surely see that influence in her carvings).

ArtistUnplugged said...

I read Robin's post also, incredible, thought of her post as I began reading yours. It's amazing what comes from sadness and death, ironically, many blessings. Your art is certainly a blessing. My sympathy for your stinging losses, thanks for sharing.

Teri C said...

And you are a stronger are creative person today because of that loss. What a legacy.
Going over to read Robyn.

Lori ann said...

your post gave me chills too mim, keep channeling...

xxx

Robin said...

LIFE is full of amazing twists and turns... FATE can lead one to many interesting places. I have wondered what led you to begin your wonderful artistic journey...thank you for sharing this with us.

I read Robyn's post.... so inspiring. Loss of a loved one is a powerful emotion to handle...how memorable and meaningful for you two ladies to have used *loss* to create *beauty* and even *humour* through ART.

Love,

♥ Robin ♥

Marion said...

Yes, keep channelling, Mim! I got chills as I read Robyn's post and the poem, as well. Strange...I didn't begin to write seriously until after my daughter died. It took a few years...the first few after her death were foggy...but I finally began to write...and once I did I couldn't stop.

And this year, I'm drawing again...my sketchbook is almost full. This creativity showed up again after a dear friend died.

Very evocative post, Mim.

Have a very happy Sunday! xx

Jos said...

I started writing because I wasn't courageous enough to say out loud the things I needed to say. I was a way of practising until I could find my voice. Creativity is something I always thought was for others to pursue ... better people. And yet creativity itself is a path to wellness.

The poem on Robyns blog and the reasons behind her starting to carve totems just strike right to the heart don't they? Out of such pain came these beautifully powerful creations. And I hope some healing is happening there too.

I've been a fan of Miss Em's for some time now and hope to see more of her adventures soon. xx Jos

Angela Recada said...

It's amazing, isn't it, what spurs us on to finally do something, like make art. That such beauty can come from such sadness.

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm so sorry for your losses.
xoxoxo

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Art is very healing.

Frank Zweegers said...

Interesting read!