I have one more bucket list item that I want to tackle in 2022. Well, I actually have a few others, but those are so much in the pipe dream category as not to count. The bucket list item that is left is that I want to be more artsy.
This is something that has been on my list for years now. After I left the corporate world in 2000 I opened up a cabinet making business that somewhat satisfied my creativity bug. I designed, fabricated and sold dozens of different pieces of furniture and even branched out into wooden toys. But, like so many other things of this nature, after seven years I became bored with it. I had made so many cabinets that the challenges weren’t there anymore.
(Here are some examples of my creations during those years)
After those years, I vowed to do something else, but that just never happened. Before I go any further, I want to do some explaining. When I talk about getting bored with things after a while, that certainly doesn’t include my journaling and blogging. Yes, I did start up the predecessor to RJsCorner about then and that opened up a world to me that I totally enjoy today. It is extremely rewarding to know that you guys read my daily words and enjoy most of what I say. I will never tire of that.
What I am talking about here is the “get your hands dirty” type of creativity. Something to do with ink, paint, stains, and such. When I visited Bob and Betty Lowry a while back and saw all the things that Betty has created, it restarted the bug once again to become artsy as she certainly is. Over the years I have tried to do that. I’ve bought colored pencils and pens by the dozens, but for the most part, they remained unused. But, I have never thrown any away. When I downsized from a 2500 sq ft abode to an 800 sq ft apartment I brought all of those things with me.
It’s been fifteen years that I have attempted to become at least a little proficient at this art venue. I intend to do so more seriously going forward. For the foreseeable future I am going to reserve Saturdays for telling you about my progress in this new project. I don’t yet know the specific challenge. Pencil and pen on paper will likely be the first attempt. But, then since I am a techie, I will likely include some digital creations along the way. And, my recent fascination with Avant Garde will likely turn me in that direction.
God only knows where this new challenge will take me, but I am excited to find that out about myself. If you have any suggestions on the path I might take, I certainly would welcome them.
To track my progress on this bucket list item, I am putting it into the “special projects” category on the header above entitled “Artsy Fartsy”.