''Wanderlust 2022 gave me a structured time to practice art and carve out time for myself"
I have been a creative all my life, dabbling in and out of watercolours, acrylic painting, crafts, crochet, knitting, etc but I was unable to stick to any one genre. That left me feeling unaccomplished and unsatisfied, as I would move on from one creative outlet to another just as I was coming close to finding my style.
I was missing play and was chasing perfection and idealism. My art practice was very random and based on a youtube tutorial, aiming to achieve a set result.
I am also a new mother in 2022, so my art practice was filled with guilt and doubt on how I was showing up for my family and to my practice.
All in all, I was a bit all over the place in my art practice before Wanderlust 2022.
Wanderlust 2022 gave me a structured time to practice art and carve out time for myself.
Every Friday, in the morning, I watch the lesson while feeding my newborn. Friday evenings, I have been able to carve out 2 hours to play, maybe just use some tips from the lesson, maybe completely follow the lesson to the core, or just make a start to keep adding to it as the days go by. I am so much happier in my practice around the structure and that helps me show up to my new family as I am taking the time to refill my cup every week.
Wanderlust has taught me the importance of play - that it is okay to not be tied to one style, that it is okay to try different styles and mediums and just have fun without worrying about the end result in mind. I have consciously built up a ritual of making a cup of tea, lighting a candle and doing art journalling following Wanderlust lessons. I have really enjoyed the different techniques taught by the various artists without getting too caught up in being too hard on myself to find an end result. I have been a much happier person in my art practice and that for me in this moment is the journey that I am enjoying very much.