Creativity Sundays: Brunch with Valerie Rich

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Our table is set with mimosas, steak, eggs, fried potatoes, fresh fruit, and homemade biscuits. We have some soul music playing in the background. 

Valerie Rich is a visual artist and author. Her work has been featured in two galleries. She has words everywhere. Words in her art. Words that are actual art. Words for inspiration. 

 

What is on your table for brunch?

On my table for brunch is a three-panel mixed media collage piece: Words Have Power

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Describe yourself.

I am known as Val. I am an author and Artist. I am a soft spoken compassionate person. My passion and purpose are to inspire others through art and other creative processes. I am married and mother of three.

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What is your creative mission?

My creative passion is to create beautiful things that make people smile and to encourage them be creative. Art frees the mind and warms the soul.

 

What is your primary form of creative expression?

My primary form of expression is acrylic painting and mixed media.

 

When did you first discover your love or passion for this form?

I discovered my Love of art in 2012.

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What are your secondary forms of creative expression?

I love everything creative sewing, crochet, knitting…

 

How did you discover these?

I was always crafty growing up we learned a lot in girl scouts. I  discovered art by joining a year-long art journal class and it grew from there.

 

Have you had any formal training?

I do not have any formal training. I have taken some online classes and workshops.

 

Do you think formal training is necessary?

Passion creates its self you just need a desire to create something.

 

How do you deal with creative blocks?

When I have a creative block, I just step away go do something else.  

Check out art videos

Pin things to Pinterest

Start something new and come back to that.

 

Tell us a little about your creative process.

My process- I am very visual everything has the potential to be a piece of art . Pretty much my art just happens.

 

Tell us about one of your projects.

Ladies are in most of my pieces I have a series of girls (Be Passionate Be Brave) also ladies with head wraps and my first Lady, Lady Love series of four paintings.

 

 

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What motivates you? How do you stay motivated?

Art is my form of therapy. My last counselor told me I didn’t need to be there. She said go find a hobby, join a group or something. I started Lifebook 2012 (an art journal project) and have been doing art ever since.

 

Describe your creative space. What type of environment works best for you?

I have my own space at home. It is like a mini gallery of my work people love to come and create here. I encourage art  session  by appointment.

 

How do you practice self-care and self-love as a creative?

I practice self-care bu quiet time in the studio… sometimes all day.

 

What words of inspiration do you have for new or struggling creatives?

Art can be a great place to release your pain, fears and free yourself from worries for the moment.

 

What is your favorite food?

Steak

 

What is your favorite quote?

“The strongest action for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” -Unknown

 

 

Where can people find you and your work? (social media links and event information)

www.Artxscape.com

https://www.facebook.com/Painted-Imagery

https://www.facebook.com/Visual-Inspirations

Instagram: Valyrich

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Fall Back Into Creativity: Day 11

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10 Ways To Get Over A Creative Block

10 Ways To Get Over A Creative Block

Everyone experiences a creative block at some point. They can be frustrating and sometimes seem impossible to overcome. Here are a few things to try to help you get over that block and get back to creating!

 

Write about it. Create an image of your block.

Sometimes you just need to release whatever is clogging you up. Write about what is keeping you from writing. Create a picture of your block. Hopefully it will allow those creative juices to flow where you need them too.

Alter your routine

Perhaps the time that used to be so perfect for you to create is no longer working for you. Maybe working with the television on or the computer nearby is now a distraction. Switch your routine up a bit. Use a pencil instead of a pen. Drink iced coffee instead of hot coffee. Take a walk before you create instead of after. Never hurts to try. It could be exactly what you need.

“Fix” someone else’s project

Have you ever seen something or read something and could begin to list all the things “wrong” with it? Take that project and fix it the way you would have done it. Use your gut reaction to the piece. That may get your creative juices flowing on your own projects.

Lock your fear in the closet

Don’t let fear block your creativity. Let go of your fears. Nothing has to be perfect. You can always edit and make adjustments later. You don’t have to share all your creativity with everyone or anyone but yourself. Whatever your fear is it needs to be locked in a closet or tied to a chair. You have to push past your fears and step out of your comfort zone if you want to have free-flowing creativity.

Use other creativity as a stepping stool

Go out and experience what other creatives are doing. Read a book. Watch a movie. Go check out some art. Listen to new music. Allow yourself to absorb the creative vibes. Then go and see what you can create afterwards. Don’t try to copy what you saw, heard, or read. Simply let the creative vibes move you to create. What did that creativity inspire you to create?

Meditate

Take some quiet time to clear your mind. If you can’t clear your mind fully, do your best to focus on one thing. It doesn’t have to be related to your creativity. Focus on an image or a thing. Allow yourself to get rid of the clutter in your mind that may be contributing to your creative block. You may want to try to meditate for a short period of time before each creative session. See how that helps.

Switch your method of expressing your creativity

If you are a writer maybe you should try drawing. If you are a visual artist you could try writing. If you write music give poetry a shot. Take photographs. Try to create in a different format. Take a class. Watch a YouTube video. Learn a new way to express your creativity. You may not be the greatest at it but you are being creative and it can be an outlet until you get back into the swing of things with your primary form of creativity. It will be fun.

Commune with other creatives

You may just need to experience the energy that is in the air when several creative minds get together. You don’t have to be actively creating. You all could just be drinking coffee or having a glass of wine. Creativity is still in the air. Absorb the feelings. Enjoy yourself. Try to do it on a regular basis. See how it affects you.

Get back to basics and use prompts

Sometimes you have to go back to the beginning. Use prompts. Use exercises. Paint a still life picture. Getting back to the basics of your craft can sometimes give you the boost you need. You could be overthinking things. Embrace simplicity for a little while. Use prompts that spell things out for you. The exercise may do you some good.

Live a little and come back to it later

Sometimes you just have to put it down and walk away. Living life is sometimes the greatest way to boost your creativity. Experience may be the best thing to help you climb over the creative block. You may just be trying too hard. Go out and live other aspects of your life. Then come back to it.