I met Misty Pittman (a wild Canadian living in Kentucky) through a creative group online, and was instantly inspired. She describes herself in six ways: "writer, yoga instructor (in her spare time), truth seeker, bliss addict, photo junkie, wildly in love." Those qualities certainly come through in her writing and photography. Misty's photographs have a depth and calm that consistently draw me in - almost is if there is a solace just inside.
Misty recently released her first mini e-book, Rebel Blogging...a permission slip for women who want to write wild. When you head over to her site and sign up for the Bare Bones weekly e-letter, you will receive Rebel Blogging as a gift! You might want to stay a while on her site...take in the lovely photography, recipes, and inspiration. Just take it all in.
What turns you on creatively?
I write and photograph.
If my eyes are open and my senses engaged, everything can turn me on creatively. An interesting font style or an unusual composition in a photograph. A word cut out of a magazine that shifts me into a different perspective. A walk through tree-lined streets and dinner dates on twinkling patios. Everything I encounter is an opportunity to be inspired.
How do you expand yourself creatively?
I play with prompts. Prompts can come in the form of random words I’ve cut out of magazines to following other writers who will offer a theme or beginning sentence. There is something about starting with a few words or an unfinished sentence that can take me miles deep into my soul.
How do you balance life and art effectively? Or, do you?
Oh, I should really skip this question. I’m just really terrible at balancing. There are a million things that I want to do and it’s hard for me to ever sit still. My mind is constantly on the go and the rest of my life is just playing catch up.
How do you deal with creative dry spells? Do you make space for them, or push through?
I don’t really consider them dry spells, but rather creative seasons. I move in and out of creative inspiration quickly and fiercely. Maybe it has to do with the moon phases. Ideas come to me in large downloads and I can get obsessive about moving through them, and then there will be a break when nothing will come at all. I enjoy these times, too, and will spend more time being reflective.
Do you enjoy collaborating, or prefer to work alone?
I mostly work alone, but I long to have a community of fellow creatives to share ideas and commune with. I’m slowly starting to connect with a tribe of women who inspire me and are deeply creative and I have some ideas on how I want to collaborate in the future.
Do you work in a studio/space designed specifically for your creativity, or on the spur of the moment/anywhere inspiration strikes?
When I’m lucky, my studio space looks like a comfy seat near a window, preferably with a breeze. Occasionally, my space looks like a beige office that is converted into a temporary writing studio on my lunch breaks at work.
Is it important for you to have a creative, inspiring environment?
Do you plan thoroughly for projects, or go with the flow?
I loathe planning. For a long time I forced myself to plan because I thought that was necessary to be successful. I did this for everything from planning blog posts to yoga classes that I teach. Since letting that go, I am much more comfortable in the rhythm of flow. Even workshops are sparsely planned. I prefer to let the work evolve organically.
Do you utilize social media? If so, how?
I really have a love/hate relationship with social media, so I try to be very intentional with the way I use it. I have Facebook, but it can be very noisy so I’ll mainly use it for the groups feature, connecting with others in community. I tend to avoid the Newsfeed like the plague.
Instagram is my preferred choice. I love the ability to tell story through beautiful images and peek into others lives. Plus, the brevity in words it encourages makes me happy.
I’ve also recently given in to Pinterest and I’m just a wee bit addicted.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
A friend recently shared that when she stopped trying to be the person that everyone liked, she was able share the real version of herself.
I think this is so important in everything we do, but it speaks to me deeply on a creative level. There can be a lot of pressure to try to create in ways that have been successful for others, or to create in a way that appeals to everyone. It’s a drag and a huge mojo killer. Individuality is a turn-on.
Do you have any advice for aspiring creatives?
Do you have any upcoming projects/collections to share?
Light & Lines is a collection of creatives sharing glimpses into their world. It’s a few words and a photograph that is self-taken but edited by me. It’s simplicity.
You can find it on my website. I post pieces of the collection on Tuesday mornings.
Where can we find your art?
website :: www.lifecreatedblissfully.com
facebook :: https://www.facebook.com/mistypittmanryt
pinterest :: http://www.pinterest.com/life_blissfully/