Essential February

2/5/2017 Notes to Myself: Did you ever consider the importance of each month within the context of a year? What would happen if one even just one was missing or taken away? I can take a lot for granted in the course of a year. But that tendency in me is diminishing. In February, I […]

Control/Creativity

2/4/16 Notes to Myself: Oh how I’ve loved to control and have life unfold on my timeline. How stifling. My heart wants to be like the bird. Free. Trusting. Open. At the core this is how I AM! But oh, how this other system of living has impacted my creativity and art making process. And […]

Art Making, Uncertainty and Tolerance

“Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-pervasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.” Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland As this week unfolds I consider how “uncertainty”  and “tolerance” are incorporated into my painting. Questions for consideration: How do I relate to […]

Who’s creation is it?

“Who’s creation is it?”  Is that a personal question for an artist? Perhaps and perhaps an uncomfortable one to consider.  For me it’s a valuable opportunity for reflection and investigation into my own motivation for painting. Looking closely at the “why” behind what I do draws me to closer to truth and usually inspiration.  Often, […]

Right Livelihood: Are You Following Yours?

We are all born with gifts and talents. Area’s where we have an innate ability to connect and share in a meaningful, life giving way.   A way that is natural for us and enhanced as we develop our skills in that area.  We are fulfilled and at the same time empowered to help others. One […]

Getting Out of My Own Way

How often I look around for answers to questions regarding my creativity.  My mind loves this and works hard at finding solutions.  To my ego’s delight the answers are always out side myself.  I buy into this tricky maneuver from time to time losing energy and motivation for that which sparks my spirit. In journaling […]

Contemplation

I’ve been doing some reflecting and listening today.  As it happens I learn a lot about myself and others.   Knowing I wanted to write, I found myself in a bit of a fog with regard to what I was feeling and what I wanted to say.  So for inspiration I picked up one of my […]