I love you and I’m with you. I’m in your corner and cheering you on. You have good ideas, you’re smart, you have potential. You’re lovable and have value. You’re not alone. You have a voice worth listening to, but you need to do the work and find it. You are absolutely capable of achieving everything you want to do, but again, you have to do the work. Yes, it will be hard. Yes, it will not be fast. Yes, it may go a different direction. Yes, you may fail. But, in the end, YES it will be worth it. Not everyone will understand or support you, but this is your journey, not theirs. I give you permission to explore, to learn, to discover, to create, even to destroy if necessary. You have permission to let yourself be. I’m proud of you for everything you’ve done, and everything you’ve overcome. Believe in yourself, trust the process, trust your decisions. Be patient, give things time. HAVE FUN! You have permission to have fun. You need to have fun. Life is short.
In February, I took a course, Create beautiful abstract artworks on your iPhone or iPad, using the learning platform, Skillshare. The image above is the first piece I made in this course. As instructed, I created this on my iPad using a source image from NASA, which was then edited in the app, Glitché, to create the spiky, 3D effect. I took the resulting image into the app, Mextures, to edit the colors and add texture effects.
This was my first experience using these apps. I wasn’t very familiar with creating artwork using my iPad. I previously experimented with Procreate, as well as used Snapseed to edit photos, but nothing like the abstract work from the Skillshare course.
This began my love affair with creating abstract artwork using my iDevices. I made a goal to post a new piece of artwork to my Instagram for thirty days, and kept posting new artwork beyond the original thirty day goal. Even though I may not have posted something everyday after the original thirty, I created something everyday. I branched out into other apps, other source material, anything that I could bring into an app and edit.
What I learned in this exercise of everyday creation is that consistent practice, experimentation, and striving to meet a goal, are all essential to learning and growing in a skill.