An Artful Community

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1. Botas de goma, 2. Untitled, 3. five, 4. cork board + back door, 5. The Problem With Birds of a Feather, 6. She Slowly Reveals, 7. studio shot #2, 8. blueknobnestlo, 9. envelope book: two., 10. globe, 11. delight, 12. Katie Runnels

I woke up this morning to the lovely, soothing sound of rumbling thunder and steady rain. It made it difficult to leave my cozy cocoon of bed and blankets. But I did. So now, I’m beginning my morning as I usually do—with breakfast, e-mails and creative blogs/Flickr.

Last night, I was reading the chapter on community in Kelly Rae Roberts’ book, Taking Flight, and this paragraph really resonated with me:

“We’ve all had moments of shying away from other creative souls, hesitant to share our work or our words because we’re worried that we’re not good enough, that our creativity isn’t creative enough. But I assure you, it’s never too early in your journey to become part of a group of like-minded individuals. Intimidation can only cause you to miss out on some invaluable opportunities.”

Recently, I’ve been trying to find an artful community of my own, connecting with other creative bloggers and artists who post their incredibly inspiring work on Flickr. It’s exciting, but also intimidating. Because as Kelly Rae writes, “we’ve all had moments of shying away from other creative souls, hesitant to share our work or our words because we’re worried that we’re not good enough, that our creativity isn’t creative enough.”

But I push through those feelings because the thought of belonging to a little creative community of my own is energizing and encouraging. And I know that I’m learning and playing with collage, discovering my own style and the way I want to tell my stories and my poetry through my artwork. And even on the days I feel my work isn’t good enough and my creativity is just not creative enough, I still want to share and connect because no one can tell my story like I can.

P.S. If you don’t have a copy of Taking Flight, I suggest you add it to your library. It’s thoughtful and inspiring and beautiful.

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