Thursday, April 26, 2012
Do you ever feel like there's not enough time in your day? week? year? to get everything done that you want and need to?
Do you feel like even if there were enough time, that you wouldn't have the energy to do what you needed and wanted to do anyway?
Do you feel like — in this day and age — the demands on your time and productivity (especially at work) has increased significantly from last year? from 5 years ago? heck, how about from last week?
Moving forward, do you feel like the demands on your time and what you need to accomplish will increase?
Yeah... me too! But guess what? We're not built for all that work. Find out why in this amazingly pertinent lecture by Tony Schwartz: The Myths of the Overworked Creative. I couldn't have said it better myself!
So have a great Thursday everybody. Grab a cuppa. Watch this video. And then have yourself a little recharge session... "doctor's" orders!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Knock Down Doll order for a boardwalk themed wedding and need to create bride and groom artwork. Looks like Tillie's finally getting married!
But, you know all my children will be demanding my attention. They are kind of cutely adorable and very hard to resist. So, I'll keep you up to date as things progress.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
rag dolls recently, that I went kinda crazy. I bought all sorts of fabric from 3 different stores... I rifled through my decades-old collection of vintage textiles... and even ripped up a few pieces of my own clothing!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
And then the right brain said to the left hand... I love you more!
Who knew that what started as an artistic exercise in letting go and getting in touch with my childlike self... would lead me to realize so much about what's going on in my subconscious! In practicing mark-making, scribbling and symbol drawing for Mindy Lacefield's Paint Your Story workshop, she encouraged us to use our non-dominant hand (mine's the left) for some of the time. And when I did... oh boy... I fell in love! In fact, I loved my drawings so much more that I did with my left hand that I found myself saying...
...don't practice too much Lefty, we don't want you to start drawing like Righty!
And then I had an epiphany. Why was I being so nice to my left hand who was drawing all crooked and off kilter like a child? And the things I was saying to my left hand kind of felt like I was talking to a child...
It's okay to make mistakes.... you're just starting out. Don't get all wrapped up in the outcome... just enjoy the process. Don't worry if you don't like what you make, we'll just make another one.
But on the other hand (literally!), what have I been saying to my right hand for all these years? Well, it turned out to be things like this...
You suck. You're not good enough. You'll never be good enough. You might as well give up now because you're not capable. You can keep trying, but you're not going to get it right... no matter how hard you try!
Well, how awful is that? I mean... you wouldn't talk to a child that way, would you? Of course not! So I decided to make some changes. I'm going to take a left-handed approach in the way I talk to myself. I'm going to be kinder to myself. I'm going to pretend I'm talking to that enthusiastic young girl in me who doesn't know how to give up yet. The one who might need a little gentle encouragement. And I'm going to be really nice to her. And if I forget... well... I'll just put that pencil in my left hand and start from scratch.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Step 1: Grab your embellishment and protect your work table with a non-stick surface. Here I'm using Ranger's Non-Stick Craft Sheet.
Step 3: Next you're going to take your gel medium-soaked piece of paper towel and "stuff" it inside your embellishment. You can use a toothpick to make sure it's pushed into all the little nooks and crannies.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
As an artist sometimes you want to take a break from doing your own work... add some new techniques to your repertoire... and, well... just have a little fun! And that's what I'm going to do. Mindy Lacefield — an artist I've admired for some time now — is teaching an online class entitled Paint Your Story. In it, she'll show you how to paint from your uninhibited 7-year-old's perspective. To let go... to be free... to play!
I had actually entertained taking the class when she first wrote about it. Funny thing is... she ended up in the Jesse Reno class I recently took! Seeing her work in person and getting to know her a little better made me think... oh yeah... I need to learn these playful techniques. Classes start on April 9th and I'm so excited!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
If you'd like to stop by and take a look at my jewelry, I'll be at the Oceanic Library in Rumson, NJ for the entire month of April. So go ahead... check it out!