My Year to EXPLORE

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Lisa Ballard MODbotanicals Interior Design Home Products

Sitting at a computer and doing what you know so well is a comforting thing. I have been doing that for over 25 years! But for the last few years my creative soul has been stepping further away from my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong… the computer still plays an important roll in my process (it always has been a great tool) and I’ve always incorporated hand-drawn imagery into my digital work. It’s just that I have been a maker since I was a little girl.

My father was a great inspiration to me. I grew up in a house with a metal shop and a wood shop and he made an art studio for me and my sisters. I constantly organized craft projects for me and my friends and took LOTS of classes in woodworking, jewelry making, pottery etc…

Now I am an empty nester with time to finally get back to my roots. I am in a creative group called “Creative Juice“. Joining this group was one of my first steps out of my comfort zone. I live in the country and was feeling very isolated which has a way of sucking the life out of a person. A friend told me about a group of independent creators that meet every Monday morning at RedTree coffee shop. I went to one meeting and was hooked.

At the new year, each Creative Juicer decided to pick a word for the year (rather than a resolution) that encapsulates their intentions for the year. I have been experimenting with all sorts of materials and processes for the last few months and I have been yearning to travel more to get inspired, so I chose the word…


I am a wanderer, not a planner. It’s about the journey, not the destination. I have an idea of where I want to go, but I don’t know the exact path because I want to be surprised along the way. That is creativity to me…the happy accidents. I have no idea where all of this creative exploration is going to land me in my career, but at least I can say I am having fun figuring it out!


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  1. Nancy Willman
    February 3, 2017

    Great to read about your ” intention” for the year. Can’t wait to see where it leads you!
    I am curious- what type font did you use for The Journey! Lovely!