Hello Citizens of The Blogosphere,
Art has been my passion for pretty much all my life. When I was a kid, coloring was my favorite pastime. As I grew older, I created my own unique characters and even made a really cheesy comic book. (Don’t ask.) In college, I doodled all over my notes and created drawings to escape the stress of constant studying and exams. The funny thing is, no matter how passionate you are about something… life always seems to get in the way. When I got a full-time job, I slowly began to abandon art and focused my efforts on something more important…work.
This is the story about how I changed my life by making art at lunch.
A Need For Change
My job wasn’t necessarily the most stressful job in the world, but it was stressful enough to get me down sometimes. I can remember always being grumpy, having trouble sleeping at night,and feeling so stressed that I made myself sick. I kept myself busy by working hard, but the hours seemed to drag by. What’s worse, I often felt like I worried more about my job than my own personal health or happiness.
Relax and Make Art At Lunch
Eventually, I decided that I was tired of slowly letting my creative spark burn out. Since I worked full-time, I didn’t have entire days to devote to art projects. What I did have was an hour lunch break and a renewed interest in art, which was at least enough to get started. So, I put together portable art kits and every day I carried something with me to work so that I could create during my lunch break. Lunchtime art projects ranged from card making to coloring to watercolor painting (Click here to see a watercolor painting that took me several lunch breaks to complete) and everything in between. I even participated in art challenges, such as Inktober where artists create one ink drawing every day in October. (Read about my Inktober experience here.)
Creativity is Contagious
Little by little, my life began to change. Instead of waiting for workdays to end, I was
actually excited for the next day. On top of that, after spending an hour creating during my lunch break, I found that my stress disappeared and I was rejuvenated and refreshed. Before long, I was gathering groups of my work friends during lunch breaks to create art together. For our first color at lunch session, I brought photocopies of my illustrations and a big bag of art supplies to share with the group. Coloring together was a great way get to know each other in a relaxing environment that was seemingly miles away from the deadlines, emails and piles of paper on our desks. In fact, even though I don’t work at the same place anymore, I still talk to (and am great friends with) many of the people I would color with.
Five Valuable Lessons
Creating art at lunch taught me many valuable lessons, but I could probably name five that continue to resonate with me.
- You should never stop doing things that you are passionate about.
- It doesn’t take much time or effort to do something creative every day.
- Art melts away stress.
- Creating art inspires more creativity and coloring is a great low-impact way to start creating art.
- Art can bring people together in ways that not many things can.
Fast forward a few months and… I’ve actually saved enough money working full-time (and tutoring on the side) to buy myself the opportunity to pursue art full-time for a while. These days, art is so much more than just a creative escape for me. Art is my life. (Read about why I decided to give up a stable job and move to the desert to become an artist.)
With the lessons I’ve learned in mind, I decided to do something that could help other people experience the same transformative experience that I did. Combining my passion for art and my desire to inspire creativity in others, I’ve produced a coloring book of my illustrations for anyone in need of a creative journey. I truly believe that everyone is artistic and I encourage everyone to explore and find their creative spark. Coloring is a great way to get started because you can play with different techniques without worrying too much about the end result.
Clearly, quitting your job and moving to the desert to pursue art full-time isn’t for everyone. However, I know from personal experience that doing something creative every day, (especially when most of your days are filled with monotonous work) can really make a difference in the overall quality of your life. Art really has changed my life in so many ways, and I can’t wait to hear about how art will change yours.
As always, thanks so much for following my creative journey!
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