Posts Tagged ‘art’

Carve it out, Make a decision

February 7, 2012

Up in the wee hours of the morning. Trying to make time for fitness and art. 

Carving out time for peace and creativity takes effort, but it is worth it and makes the days move along much more smoothly. 

When I show my Iart–person to person, they are always stunned at how I can, ”get that done” or ”wish I had time to be creative.”  I wonder at these statements. 

I don’t spend a  lot of time on tv, I probably spend way too much time on the computer, and I don’t go barhopping. Those things that I do not do give me time between full time work, commuting, home work help for my son and other mom/adult jobs to get creative and get fit. 

Granted, they are not long lazy hours of creative thinking. I am thinking of ideas all the time and when I am ready, I go to my list/notes/sketchbook and get focused. 

I also like to have my stuff out. Out as in covering the art table, on open shelves so I can see what I am looking for rather than digging around for it which leeches away creative time. 

And since time with family is very important, I wake up early on weekends too. The boys love to sleep in. I take those extra hours and put them to use as well.

Some say, focus your artistic endeavors. limit yourself to one or two media and push yourself in these areas. For some folks, I think that is fine advice. Stretch yourself as an artist. I don’t seem to be able to do that. I become bored, or lose interest. I am thinking ADHD, undiagnosed  😀

But it works for me. I am happy with what I am accomplishing. And no, I have not gone truly public with my art, not posting regularly, but, I am going to carve out another 15 minutes for that beginning this next weekend. i have a goal. 

Honestly, I have been quilting and crocheting and painting for such a long time and have avoided taking pictures of my work so that I would not be asked to make the same thing over and over again Utterly boring in my opinion. 

Though I am considering working in a series. That may be something to focus on during the summer when my time is not as scheduled as it is now.

Well, this is my 15 minutes….got to go get some painting done.

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Long lost blogger….

September 4, 2010

Well, I am back.

Committing to more than sporadic blog posts. Been busy busy busy on many fronts, some I cannot not mention, or I have to do away with you…hahaha, not really, but there are a few things up my sleeve I won’t be sharing until later. You will just have to wait, me too, if that is any consolation.

I was enjoying a cool, but sunny day out on my patio furniture, dying fabrics. HAD A BLAST! Will show them off tomorrow, they are batching right now.

Also working on little scrapbook type work making “gift wrap” for birthday gifts out of dvd cases I am reusing from the library, hated to see them toss them out. A tutorial on those will be ready Monday.

So, painting, stitching and gluing, busy, busy, busy and fun, fun, fun. Here is a peek.

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Color inside the lines, cut in a straight line…

May 18, 2010

Color inside the lines, cut in a straight line..

Those words keep coming back to me when I pull out my art supplies. I remember being 6 years old and being told that before I could go from Kindergarten to First grade, I would have to cut a straight line. I still have issues with straight lines, and I have made it through high school and 2 college degrees. So, all has not been lost.

This is fear grabbing at every stick and straw to bump me off the creative horse; so that instead of galloping through my projects and ideas, I bump into branches and the horse trips over logs. Or, worse, I second guess the image I am trying to put onto paper, onto cloth, with whatever medium.

I had a comment from an artist I am a fan of  regarding the fearlessness of the process. I took her encouragement and have been making monoprints, painting and cutting–some straight lines, some not–and just in general ”going for it.”

I have had so much fun in the process and found so much enjoyment, and yes that JOY in there is what I mean. It is like the sun is coming out in my mind and in my little ”studio” (the diningroom). I may not have made GREAT art, but I have learned lots and created lots and some is actually pretty darn good, at least it was what I was trying to do.

I did all this through a very painful shoulder injury that shot pain right through my dominant arm–elbow, wrist and fingers. Even up through my neck, across my scapula and the right side of my upper chest. So heroic, right? No, actually it was better for me than the treatment from the physician. It was healing. Simply perfect rx for what ailed me.

Wish I had pictures to show right now, they will be added later. Issues with my rechargeable batteries. Heading to the store to grab some more. Show and Tell is coming soon. ;D