Thursday, March 26, 2009

Early Spring - Assessment Time

By our place in March and early April  it still looks like winter, even though it is officially spring.  Winter can be a long season up here, and it is lengthened because our property is wooded. The snow just doesn't melt as fast as in the open areas.  This time of year it is a little harder to stay motivated.  

Now is a good time to take stock of what art you have completed throughout winter and what projects you would like to do during the warmer months.  Perhaps this year some of us might try some plein air painting (painting outdoors in Nature). What appeals to me about this method is the looseness of the art.  You don't get bogged down in the details of every blade of grass or twig.  And since one of my medias is watercolor, that is what I am working towards.  Let your mind fill in the details as it looks at the painting and save yourself some time and energy.   This principle can apply to my jewelry work, as well.

My art themes for this spring and summer are: free, loose, abstract, small, and quick.  Does anyone want to join me?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Aim for Success - Not Perfection

I'd like to start this blog off with an inspiring quote:

"Aim for success not perfection...  Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person."   -Dr. David Burns

Share your comments on how this quote can be applied to YOUR artistic pursuits.

Monday, March 16, 2009


This blog is about YOU.  What can we (all of us) do to help you become a more creative and productive artist?  What kind of motivation do you need?   A supportive comment?   Accountability to others for getting a project done?  A motivational quote for the day?

This blog is to let artists know they are not alone in their feelings about their art processes. Chances are near perfect that other artists are going through the same thoughts or struggles you may be experiencing now.  That's why I started this blog. Let's help each other create ART!