Some people run or walk to raise funds, others host charity events. Me? I’m trying something a bit different and flexing a whole lot of creative muscle this month for Nepal. Whether it be painting, charcoals, photos – whatever theme and media I can pluck out of the invisible timewarp between work and raising a family – I’m creating some kind of art and sharing it on social media to help raise awareness and funds. Hopefully your feeds are a lot more colourful as a result. However, such effort hasn’t come without cost…
1. I am losing whatever housekeeping mojo I once had. Twice, I’ve had to enlist the help of my husband for a late night dash to the supermarket so that the kids have food in lunchboxes the next day. My laundry is piling up faster than my artwork. I forgot just how quickly half an hour can eat into the day in a household of five.
2. I keep finding paint everywhere. My clothes, furniture and kitchen are all starting to develop some kind of Jackson Pollock quality to them. It’s like confetti, just permanent.
3. I’m starting to look like an Emo. With so much colour in my head, all I want to do is wear black. I have new dark circles under my eyes and instead of manicured fingernails you’ll find charcoal underneath my nails. Next time you see me, don’t expect conversation … I might just mumble something instead.
4. I’m poisoning myself. Yes, last night mid-creation I took a swig of my paint water. Thankfully I was only using one lonely paintbrush with black paint so the water only tasted a little bit metallic. *note to self: check mirror to make sure teeth have not become murky grey
5. I’m losing friends. I’m pretty sure a few people have unfollowed me since I’ve been sharing my pictures and asking for donations. I could have a catastrophic confidence crisis… but undeterred my determination will prevail to be even more creative :)
Do you know what? It’s been worth it. Every single donation encourages me to keep making and creating every single day, no matter what. And World Vision Australia can do some great things to help children in Nepal as a result!
And as a benefit…I’m finally getting some ideas out of my head and onto canvas and camera.
Here’s what I’ve created so far, this month.
How about you? What’s the cost of creativity when you make art a priority in your life?
I am creating something every day this month – no matter what to help raise funds for World Vision Australia’s recovery efforts in Nepal. Some generous people have already donated nearly $500 so far…but I still have $7,000 to go! Will you please donate? https://nepalappeal2015.everydayhero.com/au/wonderwebby