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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Progress in the Studio-Counting Coop

 I never know...though I like to think I know a whole lot in life but every time that attitude comes around I end up flat on my behind...lol...EGO will get you every time.  So I like to stay open as much as I can in inspiration, words or a simple stranger says something that really hits home.  

I've been follow Lisa Call for some time off and on and as she's growing as an artist and coach I find inspiration in her journey that correlates with my own...and Affirmations is a biggie.  When I read here email, Don't forget Love .  I'm flashing back to Julia Cameron's few exercise about Counting Coop, (Ku) but the really meaning was to carry a Counting Coup Stick and try to touch their enemy in battle, not hit them but touch them and come back and share the story and then be honored with a feather...these feather would be accumulated and made into a head dress...now this is from reading on the internet..so don't quote me on it.  

So bring to Julia Cameron's books of The Artist Way and Lisa Call...what I'm gathering is, we are going to find some one to run around after us to let us know we are doing a good job and That'a Girl so we have to do it for ourselves but not with EGO...In stead with a sense of accomplishment and encouragement.  Take a reflective honest look at what we do and even if it's just a small step it further along then we were the day before...and that will add up to a whole lot of small something to equal a bit Something.   

I'm delighted and gitty about the progress, that is happening in the studio...some time back I had a vision...lol but I did have a idea bout creating more of these War Ponies and well the challenge is on to complete this piece..

Here is one that is part of my totem series...which gave me the idea break out of the comfort of the square and make a rectangle piece..

Here is the progress...all ideas exceeding my expectation now it time to trust and listen for the next steps...below is the Earth Prayer that is under the rich rusty brown stained tissue paper, you can't read all of it which is OK with me because I feel this prayer has been said while I was placing down and for what ever reason I feel it's open now for all that come in contact with it...crazy I know but where it's coming from at this point. 

Earth Prayer 
Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you -- the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the air, and all green things that live.
"You have set the powers of the four quarters of the earth to cross each other. You have made me cross the good road and road of difficulties, and where they cross, the place is holy. Day in, day out, forevermore, you are the life of things."

Black Elk Earth Prayer (1863-1950)

Friday, February 05, 2016

Collage and Assemblage Class

I'll be cutting glass for everyone and bringing the tools to assemble the parts on Monday...We worked on our small collage that will go inside the shadow boxes we were also painting...busy little artists we were.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

What up in the studio?

I took the photos in the fall, Hickory leaves... First images transfers and the look like I expected them to. Very happy with it.

The paper I created was white and then I draw lines, then swirls and then splatter with sap green acrylic fluids and then sprayed extra water on there and then some place it really smeared nice others place now but thought it will be good and add some interests for the back ground.  Wetting the image transfer that was heat sealed on with the tack iron I then rub off the back of the paper and then seal it with polymer.

 This is a section of a 24 x 36 piece...I know stepping out of my comfort Zone of a square...but I have plans of making three...or lets say my assignment is it make three of these 24 x 36 panels...I'm not sure how the rest of the idea will play out...just been creating papers at every turn for it...but I did envision this. 

Flora by Nick Knight was my pick from the Frugal Muse book store, while the Husband picked out two books on Harley Davidson.   I did a piece while when I was in Arizona
and I wanted to revisit this concept of using my own photos for image transfers.

 Bless Others, _sold
 Wabi Sabi Moment
Explorer,  Now this one is the piece I might have to enter for The Earth exhibit submission coming up if I don't finish the this one I'm working on now...so kicking it in the butt now..

Here is a video I found of Nick Knight's work...


And so grateful I have a chicken in the slow cooker....allows me more time to be in the studio...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Where Time has been focused

Classes, Homestead chores, cooking, On-line classes, creating some art, being of service...and what esle?

So greatly thankful for how things are working out, About a year and a half ago I had activated on an idea or call it a dream to teach on line.  I had all the capability to do it.  Pain painstakingly I forge forward with great encouragement my husband, mentor and friends.  Tackling some big situation/ my own fear and disabilities,  I completed my first on line class.  And all of last year I weeded my way through a few more in preparation for this year.

Now they are in full swing, one by one will be explored with new groups of students.  It is consuming my life a bit but in a way that I never knew.  Being able to communicate with people from across the world and share art and creativeness together what can I say but Awesomely Amazing.

So I haven't been on my own task list up in the studio as much as I wanted..just one person.  And I have to let go of all the expectation I put upon myself and put in to practice what I have on my vision board...Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Allow it all to unfold. But in the mean time work at it in small steps.

I keep thinking about way back when I started really focusing in on all of this "Art stuff and making a Career" of it.  I was quickly telling myself, a long the way dreams do come true...You just keep showing up and do the work and well that is exactly how it's been.

My time has been placed in many places where I focused on last year to where I am this year. I'm just really overwhelmed some time with how it's all working out.  Not at all trying to be BiG,  more so trying to say small and be grateful and humble.

Could it be a bit of scattered brain syndrome?  No in our house it's called using your time wisely.  I have a class I'm teaching at Mayslake Peabody Estate and we are creating a collage first with the tacking method and then working in some assemblage inside the back side of the wood panels.  I find the 1 7/8 " one works great.  So I had to prepare for class tomorrow the collage with the watch is pretty well set but the small little objects are still in the state of flex.  I will touch up the color edges/lines a bit between the light and dark and then a sheet of glass goes over with turn buttons.  I say this often, I'm not a personal fan of the color purple or pink when picking a palette to work from but I'm pushing myself to embrace it more so that I can really see how to use it better in my works. So I was working on this yesterday. 

 And there's opportunity coming up for a Tall Grass exhibit called Earth...  I'm needing to put a bit of fire under my bottom to see if I can get this idea on to a surface so here are the photo's I took in Fall last year and I want to use them...got to make more paper...yikes.

 And this weekend between cooking and the studio I'm collecting the members works to be taken down to an exhibit in Bourbania IL which I'm excited to do a road trip next Saturday for.

I even got some cabbage going for some homemade Sauerkraut on the counter starting it's fermenting session.  Hoping to have that in a couple of weeks.  Kind of cool to be a Maker of Things....and sure jumping from one thing to the other, Probably drive some people around me a bit crazy...but when you work like this for so many years with having little ones around...(now my are adults)  you get use to segments of time and going full steam head on every little step.

I'm over due for a  good walk in the woods..need my woods medicine and on to the day...Bless ya all. may the creative force be with you~

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Finding Water Week 12

Finding Water Week 12
Uncovering a Sense of Perseverance
We are stronger than we know. Like deep wells, we have capacity for sustained creative action. Our lost dreams can come home to us. By now you are familiar with the use of creativity tools. This week asks you to recommit to continued self-nurturance. Remember, creativity flourishes in a place of safety and acceptance. Focus this week on creating a healthy environment for you inner artist.

Dreams 1
Trusting the fates is learned behavior for most of us. Our fears are just needless suffering. We can and do survive our storms. “This will pass” As a good storm always does..

Dreams are as stubborn as weeds daring us, one more time to believe in the unbelievable. As long as a dream lives so does a chance of its manifesting. Our dreams are tenacious. They don’t just fade away. 

What is called for is faith. Faith enough to work further.  Faith enough to invest more.  Faith enough to risk again. Dreams demand that we have faith in them. If they are brave enough to live, we must be brave enough to assist them.

Divining Rod
Choose a first step for you that feels “doable.”  In reentering an arena, do not set that jumps too high. You do not want to scare yourself. Allow yourself the grace of being an absolute beginner.

Company 2
Jumping straight to the Divining Rod section…. It does us good to keep the company of our friends. It does us good to have them present even when they are absent. By consciously cherishing our connections, we strengthen those bonds.
But what we also need to realize is we have to set our own pace. And that pace for our needs, be it long walks, swimming or great bolts of quiet and solitude. We may need to shut the phone off or turn down invites. It can be very seductive; the business of action likes an artist rather than actually being one.  

Divining Rod
One might want to draw or do a collage of image of people and have some fun with this this and create your mental snapshots of your relationships. The aim is to round up your company.

Staying Green 3
Julia shares about a friend of hers… she’s been looking for a way to put fun back into her work. When she’s not writing, she’s not happy. When she writing well, everything else falls into place.  The friends shares that she must keep the world at bay and live with her work.
Respecting it at first, until they know each other then she relaxes a bit..

The need for endorphins was a big help, staying fit in the mind and physical was very important to her.  Keeping to the routine, practicing a gentle vigilance to keep positive energy around keeping the drama on the page.

She shares with us again…When I’m not writing, I create chaos, making all sorts of drama to distract her from the fact that she is not working, also finding she’s circling like a dog trying to find a spot to lie down.
Divining Rod
List ten small actions or purchase that make you feel spoiled..

Working 4
There is nothing that makes an artist happier than a good day spent working.   Facing things and deciding to stop waiting for it to get easier its call to duty and to just do it.  The minute we do that of course it becomes easier.

Learning to work which we may prefer to be fresh with but we have to learn to work no matter what. Take a few artists dates to keep image fresh. 
The feeling of forward motion in our art brings us a deep and abiding happiness, carrying with it feelings of self-esteem. When we are procrastination-“waiting for it to become easier” –we inevitably feel bad about ourselves.

So much of being an artist boils down to: Just doing it.

When we make our work small, humble, and doable, the Censor doesn’t know how to fight us.

As artists we must remember that our work is about “the play of ideas.” When we become too serious about our work, when we demand perfections, our work rebels.

Divining Rod
Finish the phrase “I am doing better at________________” five times..

Consistency 5
Julia shares-Every day when I listen for right action-the message is the same. “Be consistent. Stick to your grid” Obedient, Write, draw, print or paint, walk, and listen for the further instruction.  Listen for the insight and write it down. Keep the morning pages going the help miniaturize the Censor and train it to stand aside.

When artists are working regularly, they are spiritually centered. The act of making art is a spiritual act and our daily exposure to this realm does have an impact on our personality. It does not matter what language we use to describe it. Art puts us in touch with a power greater than us. This conscious contact brings us a sense of optimism and grace.  A Higher force is at our side and we are not alone.

A Gentle consistency is Key.

Divining Rod
Choose an artist way tool that will work with consistence in your life.

Just do it 6
As artists, we, too, need to work through many kinds of weather.

Repeat…so much of being an artist involves that Nike slogan. “Just do it” So much good comes from our just showing up.

Our art moves through us despite us.

Sit quietly and ask for Guidance. Stay steady as she goes. 

The best, most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, or even touched. They must be felt with the Heart. – Helen Keller.

Soldiering on, putting in a day at time a page at a time or brush stroke at a time.

Julia shares about her experience through the dark times in this last book and but she also shares her hope and how she did it.
Divining Rod

Choose a symbolic something-art is a language of symbols. Gift yourself with a symbolic something that speaks to you of your identity as an artist.  Choose a symbol that suits you and share that. Select the symbol that speaks most clearly to your heart. 

sharing a bit of my oldests creative works

I think there's a Goblin thing on Instagram that she shares with and the image of the girl is a self image.  Love the socks and she's captured herself perfectly. I Can see her personality shinning through.

Then my oldest shares this site...Cartoonist Lynda Barry

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Racking up the Miles

The Snow is mostly melted but there is still a layer of thick ice in some spot which one has to keep their eye's open about and their balance. I've been walking and keeping track of how many miles I walk since 2007  now it's 2016 and that's 8 years I've been walking at these woods...time goes by fast.  I've accomplished 5000 miles, give or take a few.  Which averages about 2 miles a day.  Which I didn't walk every day...some days 6 miles to 4 miles and everyone once in a while I pushed it to 8 and one time I did 10 miles at one time.  So now I begin again and tally them up.  I'm not out for any race but just being accountable.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

All in a day....

 I had to share my find from the afternoon of junking...some might call it resale shopping or antiquing which we did hit a few great shops in Wilmington IL.  as  we made the way out round trip home from Park Forest IL.

Had a great time at the  "Getting There" Exhibit and finally met up with Janice Miester another collage mixed-media artist with a printmaking background...So cool to finally met her.  Did a bit of networking with others there and might do some more exploring in a few weeks when I drop off the art work for the MCS in Bourbonnais IL

Had to do some shopping before heading out and when I came home from the market, I emptied my bags and turned around and look who jumped into the bag and made it her home for a little while...she was smelling up the bag...I'm sure she smelt Maddie one of her people she lives with in the house...just got done seeing her at work...

Well off to another reception today in Marmion Academy in Aurora IL.  going to see some artist friends of ours Cynthia Hellyer Heinz and Earl Heinz   Filling my quota of art receptions in one weekend....amazing.

Finding Water Week 11

Uncovering a sense of Discipline
Nowhere is the phrase “easy  does it” more useful than in the pursuit of our creative endeavors. Small and gentle daily actions build upon themselves to make large accomplishments. A novel is written a page at a time. A painting proceeds brushstroke by brushstroke. By thinking small, we are able to become large. As we exercise our creative gifts, we experience the joy of artistic rigor. Like athletes we keep ourselves in training.
Our Daily laps build stamina.

Twenty Minutes  
“Just start where you are” “Try to be positive,” “Try to show up and be of service.” Take an interest in other people not just in your own dilemma.  Successful Careers in the arts develop one step at a time. When we keep our sights trained on the small doable, we are able to do the large and unthinkable. It is all a matter of breaking things down to a day by day practice: What can I manage today?
Julia shares, I believe in twenty-minute windows where we hurl ourselves at the page. These are the creative equivalent of sexual quickies-another practice that isn’t perfect but is still very good.
When we are focused on the possible, we are able to ignore the probable. We are able to set aside that tricky question of odds. In other words, when we can focus on what it is we are doing, and then what it is we could do becomes a logical progression and not a wild fantasy.

Divining Rod-Can you spend twenty minutes daily on your art? 

Courage to Create  
So often as artists the blocks that we feel to be ours alone can be dissolved by being shared. We have the opportunity to help one another and when we are willing to take it, great things can come to pass. The courage to create is a courage to make something out of what we are feeling.  Julia thinks we have to admit that we do not own our art. It owns us. She thinks the sooner we admit that and try to relinquish control, the better off we are.  Set our egos aside and stop letting it vote on everything that we do. The egos votes are so often incorrect. If only we could remember that.

Divining Rod-List five ways in which you could use your talents to be of service.

Resigning as Author
Simple put…the work comes through us. We don’t control it.   Allowing the work to move through us without impediment means resigning as its author.  The work must be allowed to author itself, to take on the shapes and colors that it prefers.
Art requires that we relinquish control. It asks us to move on faith. In this regard, art itself is always one step ahead of the artist, calling us forward. “Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know, you begin to die a little.
The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark” –Agnes de Mille

Divining Rod-It takes humility to not know. It takes courage to remain teachable by our art.
We must do what our art requires because, as the novelist noted, “without it we are truly miserable.”
Art is bourn moment by moment and day by day. We must be willing to go slowly because slow has its own velocity. “Easy does it” doesn’t mean, Oh calm down.” It means “easy accomplish it”
Give this a try…The reason I can’t let God author my work is________________.”  Try it ten times.

What really brings you joy? A daily dose of joy can counter balance a little disappointment.
When fighting the depression or lethargy, a walk will make one feel better and yet it is hard to stir the muscles necessary.  Julia prays at this point to be willing. The reward for putting the body into motion is some answered prayers.

Divining Rod-Make a list of 10 actions that bring you joy.  Allow yourself some small creative actions this week.

There is a rhythm to a creative life. It expands and then contracts. We must learn to move with it, listening to our psyches for what is required at any given time. We much be the gatekeeper on the traffic of our life. Too much traffic and I grow overwhelmed. Too little and I grow stagnant. It’s a balance that I’m seeking and I must be attentive because my needs are always shifting.
Reminder- Artist Dates help fire the imagination, the spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, Artist dates feed our work.

Divining Rod-
Question to ask yourself this week possible in your morning pages.
1.       Have you reorganized your living space? Write about it.
2.       Have you thrown anything away? What was it?
3.       Has your color sense shifted? From what to what?
4.       Has your relationship to music shifted? To what?
5.       Do you find yourself being more plainspoken?
6.       Have there been any shifts in your intimate relationship?
7.       Have you experienced any difference in your energy?
8.       Have you experience a weight gain or weight loss?
9.       Have you relinquished-or seriously thought about relinquishing any other bad habits”?
10.   Are you conscious of having more choices in your daily life?
11.   Has your relationship to a Higher Power altered?
12.   Are you more comfortable with your spirituality?

13.   Is it more a fact of your everyday life? 

One more week to go....And then I found out that Julia Cameron has another book coming out.. It's never to late to begin again.    I'm thinking about getting it...heck I've got all the other books and gone through them, why not.