Creating art is a guilty pleasure for me.
It's hard to justify spending hours on perfecting the curves of a simple phrase, stroke after stroke forming one sentence and a few watercolor flowers, but I could easily give an afternoon to the joy of creating art. Would it be as joyous if I knew how to justify it? I'm not so sure it would.
The full expression of my delight in making art is when I can give creativity away, to friends, family, forthcoming babies, and so on.
When someone I know (or someone I don't know who knows someone I know!) reaches out to say:
"Hey! Lacy" Would you be willing to _______"
I'm not always eager to reply. But if they fill in that blank with
write a poem down on a card for my friend
create a watercolor for a baby shower
address wedding invitations
I respond with an absolute, wholehearted, who-cares-how-busy-life-is-right-now YES!
In the past, I've been hesitant to share what I create with a wider audience. I've listened to more than a few tales of woe from artists-turned-business-owners who traded in the joy of chasing the muse for the click-click-click of checking emails from customers and the urgency of chasing a consumer's dollar.
These creators didn't desire to be distant from hands-on making, forming, erasing and painting when they began to make a living off of what they loved. Losing sight of what you love is a gradual movement, like a dwindling house on the shore when you sail out to sea.
I want to stay connected to art with heart, mind, and hands.
And yet, I also want to share it. I want to tiptoe into the market, peek into the exchange of goods, and maybe settle into a small and sustainable way to earn what I need in order to keep creativity a part of my routine.
I'll be trying out a Holiday Craft Fair for the first time in just a couple of months alongside friends and fellow creators in my community. It'll be me and a small table-just 6 feet of space to show a few pieces of watercolor and lettering-but that's the way I'd want it.
I'm in it for the delight, not the dollar.
Until then, I'll be sharing my progress here on the blog from time to time, as well as on my Instagram (where most of my social media presence seems to land these days).
You can find and follow me @lacyblaine, or search the hashtag #lacyblainelettering to find what I've been up to in the workshop (Which, let's be real, is really a second table in my office. Which, let's be real, I don't mind one bit.)
As always, thanks from the bottom of my heart to my small band of Lacy Blaine readers for paying attention to this space! I'm honored by the gift of having you along for the ride as I move through this gift of life!