Though they are few and far between, there are moments when all I hear are my own thoughts. Most of the time these thoughts center around my family. Making sure that we are set for the activities of the day. Is it my turn to drive carpool? What are we going to eat for dinner? You know, the things that any mom asks herself countless times throughout the day. But there is time when my thoughts are all my own. It is in these moments that I take the time to examine myself, truly search my own soul, and ask, “How can you be a better wife, mother, friend, creative person?Aside from the kids and Eugene, what makes you happy? When are you the happiest?”
Learning has always made me happy. For as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been obsessed with anything to do with learning. From devouring Brain Quest educational activity books over the summer, to pretending to be a teacher and torture, I mean, teach my younger brother. My time at the beautiful University of Washington was beautiful and I remember it fondly. It was there that I contemplated continuing my education and pursue a master’s degree. But I was called to learn something else, something that would last much longer than graduate school. I was called to be a wife and mother.
My education in life, love, laughter and patience is far from complete. But I feel like I’ve reached the point where I can shift some of the focus back to me. The dawning of a new year, while depressing to some, is totally inspiring. It’s the perfect time to learn something new. I’m using it as a catalyst for discovering and trying new things – just for me.
I have always thought I would go back to school after my babies were in school. While waiting for my babies to get to that stage, I taught myself how to make pretty things with a computer. A love for making these pretties was born, and from there it is still hard for me to believe what happened next. It has taken me to so many awesome places. Allowed me to meet and connect with so many awesome people. It has brought so many amazing opportunities my way. Because of this, I have been able to be home with my babies. To watch them grow, watch their every success; though there haven’t been many major ones, their every misstep, all the while making a career for myself. But now I think it’s time that I take myself back to school – sort of.
I’ve been eyeing Skillshare for quite some time now. Even wish-listing a few classes. What better time than the beginning of the year to try something new? So I did it, I took a class. Dallas Shaw’s class combines two of the things that I’ve been wanting to learn – fashion illustration and working with watercolor.
I am used to drawing flowers and creating patterns on a daily basis. But drawing people, completely foreign to me. Aside from the time in art class where we had to draw a portrait of our partner, I walked away with a beautiful portrait of myself. Wish I could say the same for my partner, ha!
But Dallas made the process easy and fun. She walks you through sketching, applying color and finalizing your illustration – even sharing her favorite tools and offering great advice when working with clients.
I am far from being able to call myself a fashion illustrator. But I learned something new. Something that I can turn to when I feel like I am stuck in rut in the creativity department. (Which really stinks when your job requires you to be creative.) Something that I can come back to when I have another quiet moment to myself.