Saturday, December 25, 2010

"I'm Dreaming........."

It's a White Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Daily Practise

For the last year-plus, I have been struggling to develop a work schedule - one that sets aside time for both writing and artwork, while still making time for exercise, housework and recreation.

Not an easy request to honour.

The down-to-15-minute-increments schedule that I employed during Graduate School is far too intense to stick with for extended periods. While I still find it useful when I have a major project/deadline, there's not enough flexibility.

Not to mention that it's exhausting.

Of course, lack of any schedule whatsoever leaves me unfocused, adrift and very stressed. I find that I need a little structure and discipline in order to thrive. And I simply cannot function when I am distracted by chaos and disorder.

And so - yet again! - I am trying out a new work schedule.

One day a week has been set aside for writing.

Yes. One day.

All of you writers, out there, are probably scowling because we are told (in workshop after workshop) that it is absolutely essential to write DAILY.

Well, artists are told the same thing about DAILY drawing.

And trying to make time for DAILY writing, DAILY drawing, DAILY rest. DAILY exercise, DAILY chores and DAILY every-other-damn-thing can quickly turn into its own kind of chaos.

So, writing gets its own day.

This week, it's Tuesday.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

So, anyway.....

.....This afternoon, I took some paintings over to Bloom, which is a home accents and garden accessories boutique in Chapel Hill's Southern Village.

There's a restaurant nearby and TonyP and I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Pazzo! before heading back home.

On our way to the car, we had to pass Bloom and I was delighted to see one of the paintings in the front window.

Truth is, I seldom have the opportunity to happen upon my work like that.

And it's quite interesting to see one of my paintings out in the world, all on its own.

Because our artwork has a life of its own - quite independent of us.

And there comes a point when we have to recognize that fact and step back - allowing the artwork to stand on its own.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Why I've Been (Largely) Absent

The past 12 months have been quite exciting and very busy!

Last Fall, I was half of a two-person show at Margaret's Cantina, in Chapel Hill. It was a fabulous opportunity for me to break out of the post-grad school fog and get back into the Studio! And the exposure was certainly a good thing.

In the Spring of this year, I took part in the Arts on the Green - in Chapel Hill's Southern Village.

In May, my acrylic paintings became available at Bloom, in Southern Village.

And, very soon, my work will also be available in Chatham County!

Details will be posted in a few days.

I have a new Facebook page - specifically for Studio-related updates and some general, Arts-related information.

So, if you'd like to stay informed about what's happening, please look at the Links, over on the right of this page and click on the Facebook link. Then, just click on "Like" to follow.

Now, I should probably get back to work!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Living Art-Fully

To be honest, there are times when we simply do not feel like painting, or writing, or doing anything creative!

We all have those!

It's perfectly normal but it can feel so frustrating.

And, if we aren't careful, that feeling can develop into a full-blown case of self-fulfilling prophecy.

It can be all to easy to ignore the other ways in which we are being creative and to overlook opportunities for nourishing creativity.

Living an Art-Full life extends beyond the Studio and the Study.

It encompasses hundreds of those seemingly insignificant choices that we make each day!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

So, anyway....

....It's getting pretty close to that time of year, again - that time when I have to decide how to celebrate my Birthday.

Please, keep in mind that I adore having birthdays!

I am not one of those women who groan over the number of candles on their cake.

Far from it!

Each year, I try to come up with a way of celebrating the milestone in a meaningful way - a way that celebrates where I am in my life while also responding to something that I need in my life.

Well...it's been a rather odd year and I confess that - as I do not really know where I am or what I need - I'm having a very hard time making up my mind how I would like to celebrate.

To complicate matters, there's a good chance that I will be forced to violate my only real Birthday Rule - the "I don't work on my Birthday" Rule.

Birthdays tend to be times of reflection and self-assessment. At least around our home. They tend to be far more important than New Year's, when it comes to setting goals and limits. They are how we tend to measure our progress - personal, as well as professional.

This year, it is the professional part of my life that feels the most in need of attention.

So...maybe it is appropriate that I need to be open to working on my Birthday.

It might just be the answer that I've been looking for.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Housekeeping

Trying a few changes to the look and feel of this blog.

Sometimes, it's necessary to freshen things up, a bit!