My secret to adding more dimension & texture to your art.

There is so much unique vision inside of you. Know how I know this? Because you have that creative instinct, you have beautiful taste, and interesting ideas all your own.

I think that is one of the most fabulous things about you, actually.Β  πŸ™‚

So this week I’m eager to share with you my secret for keeping close to that unique vision, that one-of-a-kind way of creating gorgeous art all your own. This is what makes you so special, so let’s get more of that going, yeah?

What is no secret, of course, is that I’m a writer. My greatest love is the written word and my heart of hearts blooms mad wild for poetry. This means that the majority of my creative time is spent with words in some form β€” writing them, reading them, listening to them. Which is a fine and good thing EXCEPT it can run me right into the ground creatively if I don’t jump way outside of it from time to time.

Whatever your craft is, no matter how much you adore it, if you don’t give it some fresh dimension, some new texture, it will start to feel (to you and to your audience) like running on a hamster wheel. More of the same, the same, the same.

My favorite way to bust out of that wheel is to get out of the words ENTIRELY and feast on images, visuals, paintings, sketches, photography. The best way to give whatever your art is more texture, depth, dimension, and perspective is to fill your mind with something completely outside that box. Because it awakens your senses in a new way, draws your whole being into the birthing of new things. And it relieves that anxious feeling you can sometimes get when you are feeling blocked or stuck or uninspired.

Here are two gorgeous Instagram feeds I just started following to get my mind off of words for a little refreshing break. The first two images are from @sfgirlbybay Victoria Smith which is a Home & Garden website based in San Francisco. Her images are stunning, bright, and fun, and I get happily lost in the visual candy.

Gorgeous, right? The second site is a clothing design gallery called @lacausaclothing and I’m in love with the hazy hot summer feel of the photos she shares. What happens for a writer is that by exploring visual experiences that bring you joy, you awaken parts of yourself you may not realize are there, and those awakened bits of you begin to subconsciously seep into all of the art you create. Also fun? You learn clever secrets about yourself, your taste, and your passion. Like apparently I have a major crush on the color pink and sexy cool bathtubs. Who knew?

So forget all the hype about social media being a time suck, a creative drain, a mortal sin. And instead make it work for you by adding to your artistic scope. Getting outside the box of your routine style exposes you to more of the fantastic art that is out there all over the globe β€” how delicious! It also unearths some joy-filled and beautiful secrets about you. Which at the end of the day? Is what the magic of art is all about.

Until next time, I’m wishing you a bright week ahead. Now as your mama used to say when you were a wee little thing β€” Go out & play!Β  πŸ™‚

With so much love & the color pink in All The Things,

Allison Marie

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