Artists Make Art: Personal Stories - February 2016

©2016 Trudy | Drift Sojourn

©2016 Trudy | Drift Sojourn

As I mentioned in Artists Make Art: Personal Stories - January 2016, I am working on a few long-term projects with projected publication in spring and summer, as well as doing my continual writing and photography that I share within my various online spaces.

In February I created:

Just as I alluded to in January, sharing art is often more terrifying to me than creating it. This fear is not about people rejecting the art itself. If it was only that, I could deal. I love the creative process, from an idea's conception to the birth of a new work of art. This is true for me whether it is a single photograph or a single essay; this is true for me whether it is an entire project or an entire new blog and creative space. What I do not like is the abuse that I have to endure for daring to create art as a Black woman that is hypervisible online. This is something that I discussed before in Dealing With Disrespect For My Time and Creative Process As An Artist and especially in I Do Not Like The Ways That Most People Use Twitter. It is really difficult to mitigate. I still love creating art, but I do recognize the toll that online abuse takes, especially when it is something that I endure every single day for several long years now. 

But alas, artists make art. It is what I do, what I know, what I feel, and what partially defines me. I define myself and that definition is not only in reference to production. But at the same time, creating art saves me, adds meaning to my life, and allows me to interpret life with my own meaning. Whether it was drawing something as a child, just to make myself happy, or the first time that I had a painting in a child art exhibit that my late mom was proud of, I knew that making art was something that I love to do. My love for photography began as an adolescent and still fulfills me as a mid thirty-something adult. Now, did I expect writing to become one of these crafts that I am passionate about? The serendipity of becoming a writer. If you would have asked me about this a decade ago, I might have laughed at you. Yet here I am. In Why I Write, I mentioned my path to becoming a writer. It most certainly was not planned. It most certainly is interesting though. What I enjoy most is combining several of my skills and interests together. Photography. Writing. Design. Research. Project management. Analysis. And what might be the job of several people—writing, editing, designing, publishing, marketing, sales—for an eBook, for example, is all my one job. So it takes a while. But this is why I think discussing my creative process each month is not just me sharing on my blog as any other writer would do, but also looking at my full process with perspective and feeling proud of the process, flaws and all. 

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