"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Monday, February 27, 2012

Working Through The Artist's Way

has given me just a little time to work on art and almost no time to post!  Argh.  Here are two things I managed to scan.  The first is my attempt at a flower painting from a tutorial the wonderful Carla Sonheim posted a few days ago.  

The second is also one of Carla's Tutorials - Cereal Box Transfer Painting.  This is my Buddha statue in the snow.  I can't wait to do more (as soon as learn more blasted Photoshop!).

Working through The Artist's Way again has been wonderful and difficult and time consuming.  I wonder how much to share.  I just finished Chapter Three, Recovering a Sense of Power.  I sort of sailed through Chapters One and Two.  Morning Pages?  Check.  Been doing them for years now.  Artist Date?  Check.  I struggled mightily with Artist Dates on my first trip through TAW, but I was actually able to do one each week.  A triumph!  A breakthrough!  (And they are lots of fun too.  This week I went and had a Tarot reading!).  I've even had fun doing the Tasks at the end of each chapter.  I admit I skipped most of them the first time through TAW.

And then I read the first line of Chapter Three, "Anger is fuel."  Yikes.  About half way through the chapter she writes about shame.  Oh no.  Well, here we are.  Anger and shame.

But the good thing is I've come to understand much of my difficulty and struggles.  Why is it so difficult for me finish pieces?  I never could understand that until I read about how risky making a piece of art can be for a person who has been shamed early and often.  I even hate typing the word shame.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

"I Love You" Scarf I made for my daughter from a kit I bought from Morehouse Farms.

They sent me this lovely crocheted heart too!

Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Artist's Way Week One - Artist Date

On very my first successful Artist Date (a "do over" after my less successful attempt on Monday), I went to a nearby town and tried out the camera on my iPod Touch.  

First up - adorable dog in car.
Then I took myself off to the used section of the bookstore
where I found The Artist's Way!,
airplanes on the ceiling,
and two treasures.
On to a cafe
for tea and a scone and a look through my books.
Took a walk around Depot Square

and found a pretty leaf.
Over the bridge.
and one more dog!

And another dog!  I met my friend Susan and her dog, Haley, walking in the park.  I thought I took a still photo of them, but I had my camera on video and took a 2-second and a 4-second video of them instead. Now I know how to shoot video... sort of.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Artist Date and I can hardly wait for the next one!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Artist's Way and Artist Dates

My tattered copy of The Artist's Way
I'm participating with an online group working through the The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.  I did it on my own years ago and it was a transformative experience.  I was hopelessly blocked, or so I felt at the time.  Little by little working through the 12 weeks of The Artist's Way [writing daily Morning Pages (three pages of long-hand writing), taking a weekly Artist Date (a block of time dedicated to a solo outing to replenish one's soul), and working through tasks at the end of each chapter], a good deal of whatever was stopping me from making art melted away.

This time around I'm adding a Weekly Walk.  I walk more than once a week, but for my AW Walks I'm taking routes other than my usual ones.  Sometimes I find sort of neat things as I walk.

Random piece of heavy equipment and an action figure found on a walk
This time, as with last time, I am having a terrible time with Artist Dates! Why is it so hard for me to do something just for fun?  I don't have any problem working through three pages of long-hand writing every day!  Or completing the tasks at the end of each chapter.  Or even a taking weekly walk.

I decided Monday would be my day for Artist Dates.  Well, two of the places on my list to visit are closed on Mondays.  I changed my plans and headed off in another direction.  First I went to Staples and bought some notebooks for Morning Pages and some animal shaped paperclips.  Silly.

 Notebooks for Morning Pages & silly paperclips.
Then I went to Petco to visit the animals.  That was a little depressing.  The rodents seemed happy enough, but the birds looked sort of forlorn as caged birds sometimes do.  I had to exchange a watch battery that I bought earlier.  They didn't have the right one, so I had to go to yet another store.

One of several Timex watches I have come to possess.
My Artist Date was starting to feel like just another day of errands.  I decided to go to a bookstore I like and found two wonderful bargain books and a really neat notebook that is cleverly designed to turn inside out, revealing yet another notebook!  I love buying notebooks, sketchbooks, and blank books.  Eventually I fill them too.

Two finds from the sale bin at the bookstore.
I'm declaring my Artist Date a limited success.  The next one will be less retail oriented... I hope.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Eating More Fruits and Vegetables

In an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables and get out of the apple-orange-banana rut, I bought a pomegranate!  And it was delicious ~