Being stuck as an artist can seem like overwhelming. It may be a blockage of creativity, drained of inspiration or it could be the other kind, lack of time due to poor management of time and resources. I have been artistically stuck for a while, with several painting sitting waiting to be finished. In the meanwhile, I have been working within a three dimensional system to create fairy portraits.
I am hoping the time away has given me a fresh perspective and will add a greater level of depth to my work. I have decided to work through Alyson B. Stanfield book, I’d Rather Be in the Studio! She is also the author of artbizcoach. The book starts with the phrase:
on deciding to take responsibility for your art career.
The first time I start to read this book, I did not take note of this, but this time it resonated with me, three words really stood out to me.
- Career. I often talk about my art. There is something more concrete and subtle about it calling it what it is, my art career.
- Responsibility. I have also started working with a bullet journal with the express intention of focusing on being responsible with my time.
- Your. This is my goal and my dream, no own is going to come along and do it for me, so I need take ownership and get going. It is time to continue on my way, I hope you enjoy the journey as I move forward with my art career.
Monday, a new start to a new week, and a good time to review goals and look at what you want to accomplish this week. It is November and I am off to a slow start for the month, but it is better to start late and slow than to not start at all. So two challenges this month, Nanowrimo and the Art Everyday Day Month.
My thought for the day was that it is Easier to get where you are going if you focus on what is in front of you, not what is behind you. I am making a plan and getting started. What are you doing today to get you where you wish to be?
Figuring out the decorative elements on a cosplay can be a challenge, there are often buttons, or fastens or just pretty bits that are stuck on in odd locations.
Orochi’s knot that appears on the front of her top was one such detail. It is
possible to just cut the loops and glue or tack them to look mostly correct. However, I approached this one from the idea that the artist likely drew it from a real knot, so I did a google search for a three loop frog knot, as it appears in the approximate location of a fasten.
So many times we get caught in the litany of bad things in our mind. That we are somehow (enter negative thought here.) Many sources tell you to make them into affirmations in your mind, to replace the negative thoughts. A simple google search will give you a long list of lists of positive thoughts. But sometimes words are not enough, so plan ahead with activities to do. Making the list ahead of time helps.
For me, using the special dishes, the delicate footed bowl (well actually a martini glass, but it watermelon seemed a better choice than gin) is something that takes my mind off the negative thing and focuses the now. For you never really have to get through what ever period of time seems overwhelming, be it the week, the day, the hour, the minute, all you have to do is hold on for a second, then another and then repeat. The problem is getting out of the thoughts in your head and into action. Doing something about it. So when the thoughts start to creep in, Do something to celebrate yourself. It re-enforces those affirmations I mentioned above.
This quote from one of my favorite fairy tales, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis sums up my thoughts on believing and faith. We are at a time when choice of who and what to believe in abound and I see a lot of believe what I believe or I will unfriend you.
The character who made the above statement was being presented with all kinds of arguments as to why he should not believe and that it would be desirable to just agree with what was being said. He believed in what was right and held fast to those beliefs. It is a simple message, about faith. There are a lot of area in our lives that need faith. A belief that is unshakeable and resists change, a path to follow. This can go for your religious views, or just simply a goal you wish to achieve.
Me, I want to be an artist. I want to bring magic and beauty into everyday life. I want to celebrate that which is good about living. I am on the side of beauty and everyday magic, even if they do not exist. I am going to live a life of beauty and magic, knowing that Narnia exists and not listen to those who tell me otherwise.
This painting is part of my small works series. I was trying to capture the color of the chameleon as it sat on the sun-warmed Terra-cotta title.