Sunday, July 20, 2014

Inspiration Overseas


It has been such a long time since I have posted on my blog, and for that, I sincerely apologize. I've often thought about how I should post, how I should take some photos, how I should recored something in this online documentation of my life. But alas, something always got in the way. Whether it was school, homework, rehearsal, or just plain laziness, something was always keeping me from getting back onto this computer and typing a little something or posting a photo from my day.

Then I went back to France.



I spent the last three weeks in France as part of a study abroad program with my school. Since I'm a double major and have a minor, it's pretty difficult for me to get all my classes done in four years. This led me to sign up for the study abroad program in France. I would get some credits, get my final Capstone project out of the way, and hey, its three weeks, IN FRANCE. Can't beat that.


Something that I've noticed about myself is that I'm significantly more creative when I'm writing every day. Whether it's a blog post, a short poem, or just a reflection of what is happening in my life, writing makes my creative brain explode with ideas and possibilities. When I was living in Belgium, I was the most artistically explorative that I have ever been in my life. I wrote half a novel and a handful of beautiful poems, took incredible photos, choreographed numerous dances, created a few drawings, and vastly widened by musical horizons. Besides the fact that I was living thousands of miles away in Europe and needed emotional outlets for my frustrations and revelations, the biggest difference between then and now was the fact that I wrote religiously on my blog. I posted almost every single day without fail.


Being back in Europe this time around, I was amazed by the culture that surrounded me. I'm not sure why it struck me so fiercely this time as compared to last, but it did. Especially once we got to Paris, I was in awe of the art that was quite literally everywhere. Paintings, sculptures, architecture, graffiti, gardens, nature, music, performers, I was enveloped in the folds of French art and I was inspired to a degree I have not felt in a long time. I was inspired to make my own art more of a priority. Of course, my theatrical art has always been a priority. But I miss writing, reading, drawing, painting, taking my time with my photos. These are all things that I want to bring back to the front of my world and my life. I think I need to start with this blog.



My Belgian blog was the jumping off point for much of my creativity when I was living overseas. I'm ready to let this blog be that same type of canvas. Even if it just gets my right brain revved up a little bit more, it will be worth it. I want this creative outlet and I'm excited to get back on board with my art! I am an artist, inspired by myself, by other artists, and by the world around me.

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