As much as I love traveling, I’m always thankful when the time comes to go home. After spending Monday night in Dubuque, I headed for Columbia MO, where I stayed in another gorgeous boutique hotel called The Tiger Hotel. Left for home early Tuesday morning and pulled in the driveway around 3:00pm.
I wish I had artwork to share with you, but it didn’t really end up being a “bring a finished piece home” kind of trip. I did bring ideas home… like a renewed desire to practice yoga and learn to draw portraits. I’m also making another attempt to go gluten-free, based on the encouragement of women I met in the workshop.
Other, less tangible ideas, I brought home with me… study more about the Native American traditions Katie shared with us, analyze art I admire and adapt the elements I like for my own artwork, dedicate a journal to portraits and work toward a portrait-a-day practice, think about what my personal symbols might be, and look for a place to take workshops closer to home.
I’m also thinking it might be time to focus a little less on learning new techniques from amazing teachers and more on pulling together all I’ve learned into something that represents me, time to really figure out who I am creatively. I’m just feeling this need to stop following the path others have laid and begin forging a path that is uniquely my own.
“Our journey as human beings is not about following a pre-ordained path, but about creating that path. Life rarely makes any more sense when things are done ‘in order’. Life makes sense when we are centered in our own hearts and we Let Go of resisting how our unique journey needs to unfold in its own beautiful unruly way.” ~Unknown