This post is a bit different from my usual thus far…
It seems to be about time to actually talk about some of this “creative living” business I’ve referenced in other posts! Here I’ll talk about one of the other creative outlets in which I’m currently working.
First off, I believe every single person has some capacity for creative work. This doesn’t always manifest itself in an art form.
Creativity: “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination” – from dictionary.com
Your creativity may show itself in a variety of ways. If you’re a mom, maybe your gift is coming up with inventive ways to teach your children new skills, or planning fun, interactive activities for them.
Maybe you are simply excellent at whatever job you do–devising solutions to problems that arise and thinking ahead and out of the box to develop your business or grow your clientele.
Don’t think that just because you aren’t an “artsy type” that you aren’t a creative being.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, all I want to do today is introduce you to the other outlet through which I’m expressing myself these days.
Be forewarned, this post is mostly images. I find with art that it’s typically easier and less muddled to simply SHOW rather than try to over-explain.
Note: Each photo is click-able, and will allow you to view that piece in my shop!
A Bit of Background
I’ve been painting since I was a young child. I learned how to china and oil paint, along with playing around with acrylics on my own. I was exposed to many of the traditional styles and methods, but have also branched out into finding my own way of doing things.
As far as inspiration goes, the impetus for beginning my shop began last year. I had been talking with the small group of women I’d been in Bible study with. We discussed the challenges we faced in trying to memorize Scripture, and agreed on the importance of having the Truth out in front of us in our homes. We started with taping index cards with written memory verses to our bathroom mirrors. (Still one of my favorite ways to memorize, by the way.)
Then, as Christmas approached, I tried to decide on gifts for family and friends. I like doing more personal gifts whenever possible, so I painted canvases for some of my family and friends–using their favorite passages of Scripture. Their responses were even more positive than I expected, and that made me want to offer my work to a broader audience.
As I tossed around the idea of a business, I also began to remember how much I enjoyed painting in general. So, after some discussion with my husband about this possibility, I opened my Etsy shop. I now offer hand-lettered art containing Scripture verses, inspirational quotes, and song lyrics. I also added a few pieces of my own [mostly abstract] art.
The word Parola is Italian for “word”. This seemed an appropriate choice for a business name, given my Italian heritage and my purpose for painting in the first place. It’s also an easy way to keep my mission in view: to give people a way to keep truth and beauty in front of them in their homes.
I hope you enjoy seeing some of my work, and that it brought some joy to your day!
How do YOU express yourself?
In what way are you creative? (I know you are!)