by Kaitlin Fitzmahan
I’ll admit that recently I’ve been struggling with my art. To be specific, making art.
The past year has been emotionally, physically, and creatively jam-packed. I’ve changed jobs, got married, traveled to a different continent, changed jobs again, experienced grief, welcomed new life, and started a business. So I’ve been busy.
But, a lack of inspiration has been the culprit, not the lack of time. I’ve been uninspired. Depleted. Burnt out? Maybe.
I still draw, paint, and design. I have a pretty good habit of pulling out pen and paper at the brewery, the office, my backyard, in a campground, waiting of the bus, and at the symphony. But art needs more than the act of making. Putting pen to paper sometimes just doesn’t cut it.
I need inspiration, the life, the fullness.
But you know what helps? Its pretty simple. A good mix of nature + adventure + romance usually does the trick for me. The Sierras, the Bay, or the backyard.
Time to look closely, to reflect, to listen. To breathe.
Recently, a weekend in the great outdoors resulted in a 38”x 38” canvas of a blue whale.
(Katie wrote today, “I just got out of a very successful meeting with our board members and they congratulated me on all I’ve done since I’ve been back. So I guess the hard work was worth it!”)