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My darling daughter has been pestering me to write something on our blog. Blog writing is new for me. However, she says I am to write 2 paragraphs. So here it goes.
Paragraph 2 (hee, hee)
I am currently enrolled in a mixed media class. The purpose of the class is to strengthen and enliven our art and to find ways of imparting our individual voice. On the surface one would observe a group of women busily cutting and gluing various papers onto a board with rock music playing in the background. ..actually right behind my head. There is banter going on about aging and losing one’s faculties. There are also some discussions about the woes of having an ‘artist block’. This kind of talk is interspersed with kindness towards one another and a true spirit of helping one another with the project at hand. As I am sitting there in my smock surrounded by bags of art supplies and trying desperately to find my artistic voice. I suddenly feel overwhelmingly stymied and all I want to do is to pack up my supplies and run! When I arrived home, I was in a state of confusion. This feeling stayed with me for the rest of the night. The next day, I vowed that I was going to go out to my art studio and start my art assignment with renewed energy and clarity of thought. As I was sitting there making my collage and listening for inspiration, I began thinking about a movie that I had seen years ago.
Do you remember the film, ‘Chocolat’?
If you haven’t seen the movie, it is about a single woman and her daughter, who took on a stodgy old European village. The duo opened a chocolate shop filled with tasty, irresistible, chocolate creations that had a strange and pleasing effect on everyone. After the movie, I remembered going back to my books for a session of study. About an hour into the study, I realized that I had just finished a cup of ‘hot chocolate’!! I like hot chocolate but I seldom if ever make it! The theme of the movie was that the chocolate was IRRESISTIBLE and here I was hypnotically acting out what I had seen in the movie. Hmm it was quite startling.
After this little clip appeared on my mental screen, I began to wonder how much we are giving our consent to ‘act out’ what we hear in every day conversations or by things that we hear and see in the media?
Are we acting out medical opinions or beliefs about age or views that we have about ourselves OR views that others have about us?
“Make your motto “Others have, I will.””
From the book F. W. Tamblyn’s Home Instructor in Penmanship.
My full time job has me on the road and away from my art space a lot with no signs (or desire) of slowing down in the next few years but the desire to create is only getting more and more intense for me. This means that I am always trying to find new ways to travel lightly with different art supplies. Currently I am in Costa Rica for the next few weeks. On this trip, I have brought gouache paints, some calligraphy supplies, and I never leave without a camera of some sort.
In the last 3-6 months I have been following Lauren from Blue Eye Brown Eye. She teaches calligraphy classes mainly in Dallas but has joined up with the Blogshop to offer classes in Cali and/or NY. This is how I found her and have become an admirer of her work. Her classes look fun and vibrant. I am very much looking forward to the day I get to attend one of her classes; in the meantime I’ve bought a few things to get me started.
The instruction book I purchased was first printed in 1938 and has been very entertaining to read. I’m not sure if it’s the way Mr. Tambyn describes things or if reading something from an era that regarded doing things so properly that has me intrigued. The instruction that really hooked me is his motto. “Others have, I will.”
Somehow this tiny little phrase struck me with a bit of hope. Hope not just for this new form of expression but for other aspects of my life as well. Others have achieved great success from a lot less fortunate circumstances than I have but I too can achieve my dreams.
My other motto is: work towards your goals each day, even if it's just a little bit and even if it is not perfect it is worth the effort of trying.
I, of course, did not know the name of the products being used at that point. I just knew that I was hooked.Read More
The southern parts of the Oregon coast has been a place were my moms family came to unwind which she carried on the tradition to us. We may had not gone very often growing up but the times we spent going there left a warm vivid marker in my memories.Read More
My parents and I are headed out on a road trip tomorrow. The three of us haven't been on the road together in a very long time! This will be interesting.
While we are away from our art studios, I've created a photo scavenger hunt for all three of us- Dad included. The purpose of this is to keep an eye out for the sweet, the unusual, and find inspiration in the ordinary.
The last time we did something creative together (meaning Dad included) was at my brothers wedding (2001). One of the wedding weekend activities was a paint your own pottery party. My father was the last man painting at the event. He was completely absorbed and inspired. It was amazing to see. To this day he still uses his mug. My point in telling you all of this is, I think he will be the one to watch during our hunt!
Besides the excitement of going to the Pacific Northwest (my early childhood home) after such a long absence, I am really excited for this scavenger hunt.
Below is our list.
For years I've had a shy fascination with photography. I say shy because the conversation in my head was along the lines that I wasn't a photographer, that I didn't know enough about it to enjoy it, or some other defeating comment. Last week I found myself pressing the send button on a major order of photography equipment under the guise of learning how to do real estate photography. Then I ordered the lense that I've been foaming at the mouth for-Spark by lense baby! You know when you get a new toy or discover a new recipe that changes your entire outlook on things? Well getting Spark did that for me! Man is it fun!
So far my biggest lesson with my creative endeavors is to keep it relaxed and have fun. Taking the thought of this needs to be professional and perfect out of my processes has led me to being able to enjoy being creative for the sake of enjoyment.
In the coming blogs I hope to share more of the playful spark pictures that are appearing on my camera!
My mom and I have been busy creating a permanent beautiful space for our artistic creations.
We started with two storage rooms and finished with one beautiful room that is still in progress!
Stay tuned for more!!