Me, At This Moment, and That's All

Sometimes it's easy to get a little overwhelmed in all the options when you're running your own creative business. There are so many different directions I could go, so many different types of products I could pursue, mediums to experiment, techniques to learn, ways to market myself, and on and on and on. Every once in awhile, even when things are going well and you're motivated to keep going, it can be insanely helpful to take some time to pause and really think about where you're going, and often more importantly, where you want to go. Often I forget that I'm running the show and get caught up in trying to make sure what I'm making it wanted, needed, marketable, etc. I want all those things, of course, but I also know part of the reason you're here is to see I bit of how I see things, and that's not really going to happen if I don't stop for a second and figure that out for myself.

This week I caught @hellozorzi's  great ArtStew52 Instagram stories takeover about creating vision boards for yourself--not as a style guide to hold yourself and your art to rigidly, but as a way to explore what's inspiring and calling you lately. I hadn't been planing to take time for that this week, but the timing seemed right, and I set aside an afternoon to take some deep breaths and just see where it took me.

I started the way I tend to start any kind of style board--by setting up a secret board on Pinterest, and pinning a bunch of things pretty haphazardly, without a plan, and not looking at the board until I know I have at least about 20 pins on it.

 I bit of the Pinterest board I created to pull from. Some of the images here are more because of their colors, some because of the overall feel of them. I just went with my gut while pinning things, only choosing images that really stood out to me for some reason. I tried not to overthink it.

I bit of the Pinterest board I created to pull from. Some of the images here are more because of their colors, some because of the overall feel of them. I just went with my gut while pinning things, only choosing images that really stood out to me for some reason. I tried not to overthink it.

 The board in process. I chose a few images I felt really encapsulated the feel of the board and started piecing them together. I've been hanging on to this little frame forever and hadn't figured how to use it yet--it was perfect!

The board in process. I chose a few images I felt really encapsulated the feel of the board and started piecing them together. I've been hanging on to this little frame forever and hadn't figured how to use it yet--it was perfect!

 The finished board. I like that it's so tiny--a little snapshot of what's sparking my creativity right now

The finished board. I like that it's so tiny--a little snapshot of what's sparking my creativity right now

I let my little vision board inspire me as I continued my botany-themed sketches this week:

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P.S. In case you're wondering, yes, I do sell my sketchbook artwork! All my sketchbook pages like this butterfly measure approximately 8x5.5 inches, and come unframed, signed by me, for $84 plus shipping. If you’re interested, shoot me an email at gracie[at]gracieklumpp.com and I can set up a listing for you in my shop!