I create art because I lose all sense of time, it becomes still in me and I can communicate on a higher level with my soul.
I can connect to my essence and evaluate issues and questions. Also I can work through feelings.
Making art is like meditation for me.
My journey to becoming an artist in a nut shell. I just followed a calling deep inside of me, but before I got to painting I did a lot of other things, I created art with nature, pot pouri, and fruits.
I did soap for a long time, I found scrapbooking in 2006 and then in 2014 I started a mixed media group on facebook when I discovered 3D mixed media with metals. I did that for about a half year and then I got into painting supplies and art journalling. Doing that for a few months I bumped into Tamara Laporte and faces just stole my heart.
Claiming the title artist was a long journey. I, as many others, really focused on the validation of others and all thing out side of me. It was a real struggle. Never knowing what to make or if it was good or not. Getting so frustrated with that and hitting a wall in making progress I found myself in a new conversation with myself about why I was doing what I was doing and for whom.
When I decided to let go of all the acceptance from others i got the wind underneath my wings. My art started to show a new energy.
Making art stirs my souls because it connects me to a part of myself so deep inside. A part that I can only reach in the silence of making art. Its the most intense connection to my true self.
My current inspiration is raw and unconventional art. I really try to work from my intuition and see what story is ready to come forward. My art always displays a current circumstance that needs attention and love. I am in a very spiritual stage in my life and my art is really helping me to evolve that.
My creative practice is doing it. It doesn’t have a special way accept for showing up. I have an agreement with myself to make art every day, even if its only for 10 minutes. I love to do drawing with my stabillo and two hands at the same time.
I really don’t worry about keeping my practice fresh and inspired, when I push that to much I block. So by letting it run its own course I have learned to trust that process. It always comes to me in time, my main focus is to stay open and focused on my goals and dreams.
I hit a wall when I put too much on my self, when I push myself too much in a directions because I, my ego, believes its time to be different or new. then I lose my connection to the self.
My process evolved over time by getting less and less scared of just doing it and failing at it. Failing is not something that scares me anymore. I have learned that failing is not negative, fear is my friend,
Fear is my indicator I am on to something new and that I need to buggle up.
You can find me at www.murielstegers.com and of course on facebook under the same name.
Muriel has created 2 wonderful lessons for the Make Create Express Workshop- here is a peek at one of them:
Born To Be Different
This is a mixed media project in which we play with products and mediums. We will use acrylics, inks, stencils and collage.. and warm up to create a vibe of trust to let the paint go where it needs to go. We talk about letting go, disconnecting to outcome and stepping in the moment. I will show you the process authentically and talk about every step I take and all the feelings that go with it. The goal is to not give up.. to not quit and to trust that art always appears when you follow your heart.