Feeling lost and being found

It is good to feel lost… because it proves you have a navigational sense of where “Home” is. You know that a place that feels like being found exists. And maybe your current location isn’t that place but, Hallelujah, that unsettled, uneasy feeling of lost-ness just brought you closer to it. ~Erika Harris

Work and inspiration

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Isn’t that the truth? Last week, when I feeling especially uninspired, I decided to spend some time in my studio in hopes for Inspiration to find me. I closed the door behind me, to shut out all distraction. I futzed around, cleaned my slab roller, and started to play with glass, tiles, and other tesserae that I bought about a year ago. I arranged, rearranged, and re-rearranged orange coral beads and shell pieces on 3 small boards. Lo and behold, I came up with a design that I liked. Below is what is what I came up with…I will finish it with iridized glass.

Authenticity and art

I’m a part of an artist’s group on facebook and one of us shared a quote that really speaks to authenticity:

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” -Anais Nin So…

BREATHE your love, laughter, and joy in your art. 

CRY OUT your sadness, angst, fears, and struggle as you create.
 
SING your love for your family, flowers, dogs, dreams, and peace. 

Be brave and express yourself deeply and honestly. Let it flow as you create your art.  It is easier said than done sometimes.  I have made pieces of art that made me feel very exposed and vulnerable.  So they stay home, out of sight until it feels right.  After awhile I notice that the ‘charge’ lessens over time, and then it is time to show the piece.

Actualize, my word for 2012

I have signed up for an inspiring online class called Ali Edwards’ One Little Word 2012 class and picked my word. It’s a word to focus on for the whole year – I’m a little ADD so finding one word to focus on for a whole year was challenging!

I really like Andy Warhol’s quote “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art”. I did some reading, journaling and thinking, and first came up with Courage, then later I realized Actualize is a better fit.  Actualize is pushing through with creating in clay, cement sculpture, glass, mosaic, and acrylic painting. I have so many ideas that I’m bursting!

So dream big…loud and clear…and create something wonderful… and always shoot for the stars!  What’s the worst that can happen?

Healing and the Peace Paper Project

I found this paper art making event on Facebook that I want to share with my readers: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/210256935724304/ It is so cool! They continue the practice of hand papermaking and use fibers that hold significance. For example, a war veteran could bring some papers and clothing fibers that are meaningful to them, and they transform this material into works for art. Throught writing they tell personal stories and foster mutual understanding and healing.

They bring the art studio to their participants many times. The cutting up of the clothing is just the beginning of the transformation. Check it out!http://www.peacepaper.net/index.html

Believing you can and doing it

I have mentioned that I took Kelly Rae Roberts’ class to learn ways to develop and grow my creative business.  It helped me a lot to envision what I would like to do and to act on some things.  It certainly has piqued my creativity!  Right now I’m working on cementing a 6 foot sculpture, mosaicing a wall piece, fusing tempered glass, firing some of my small clay pieces, and slowly working on my recipe box for creating peace.  Oh yeah, I have started zentangling too!  Creative energy is booming!!

As I was thinking about what I want for next year, I found this quote that I thought I would share: “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” -Robert Anthony.  It is so spot-on isn’t it?  We do determine our destiny, our future by what we tell ourselves and by the choices we make right?  Our thinking influences what we do and don’t do. 

Our positive and fearless thoughts fuel and energize us, in what we want and try to create…and negative and fearful thoughts slow down and even tear down and drain what we want.  Fearful thoughts can downright paralyze you in your creative endevors…some of mine are “Wonder ifs”…”Wonder if I’m not good enough?”… “Wonder if I apply for a public art project (or show, or gallery, or…fill in the blank) and I get rejected?”…”Wonder if I put all of this effort into what I want to do, like teach a class, run a workshop on grief and art, or whatever, and no one signs up?” 

So now it’s time to transform those “wonder ifs” into positives!  So one could be “I am enough!” or “Wonder if I am good enough?” or “I love what I do – that is enough!”.  Listen to what you say to yourself and answer yourself!  I can! I will!  So my dear readers, what are you telling yourself about what you can and can’t do? What are your beliefs and thoughts stopping you from doing?

Dreaming and peace

I was really moved by the article about the guy who helped the kid who mugged him (previous post).  It got me thinking about my dream that inspired the question “if you were writing a recipe to create world peace, what would you include?”.  (Note to self: write dream down in my dream journal first and THEN think about it).   I would love to do an installation and bigger pieces, but yesterday I started to think smaller.  

I found one of my many boxes I’ve been collecting over the years, that reminds me of a recipe box.  I gathered some of my favorite glass and fused glass pieces I’ve made over the months, and began to mosaic the box (see image above).  I lined the inside with red velvet, to express the sacredness and importance of the ingredients it will soon hold.   Inside the box’s lid, I assembled a heart with wings and the word peace. 

Months ago, I had asked my friends, family, and Facebook friends my question inspired by the dream: “if you were writing a recipe to create world peace, what would you include?”  I got some really good and well thought out answers.  My plan is to type or handwrite  each of their responses, one response will be on each recipe card that I will create.   This piece will be in my dream art exhibit in May, as a separate part of the Artists in Dreamland.

Compassion and peace

I came across a story that touched my heart. It is the best example of how we can create positive in our lives through compassion and seeing the human being in each of us. This guy was mugged by a kid and was able to see and touch his humaness and actually help him. The article ended with him saying “if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world”…I couldn’t have said it any better!

http://www.npr.org/2008/03/28/89164759/a-victim-treats-his-mugger-right

Blogging and growing

I love Lisa Call’s art and I look for her artwork and blog from time to time. Today I discovered her article called “8 Big Benefits of Blogging for Your Art Career”.  It’s really good – I hope you read it – and it got me thinking.

She talks about the value of writing from the heart, sharing who you are and what your art is about.  It helps you discover more about yourself, what you express in your artwork and your motivation behind creating what you do.  I have been blogging a bit more recently and I’m discovering more “ahas” about my art is expressing. 

I am noticing that it’s getting a little easier to talk about my art when someone comes into my studio that I have in the Poudre River Arts Center during Gallery Walk.  I credit my blogging making it easier.  I’m still shy and reserved, but I can find my words better.

Also another benefit of blogging is developing and expressing yourself as knowledgeable and helpful as a facilitator and teacher.  I  took a Kelley Rae Roberts class recently which was really good for me.  I set my short term goals and long-term goals for homework.  I wrote about wanting to facilitate dream art and grief workshops and other healing workshops using art as the medium. 

I want to share my passion for dreams, dream art, and the influence of the subconscious mind in our everyday life, including the creation of art.  I already do some of that every year when I organize and host the Artists in Dreamland exhibit.  It never fails, visitors and artists share their dreamsand are interested in talking about the possibilities of meanings.  I talk about their dreams in the form of “If this were my dream” like I was taught in Jeremy Taylor’s Marin Institute of Projective Dreamwork.   I’m finding that I’d like to do more!

So dream big, plan big, blog and develop you artistic and facilitator voice…and your dreams!

It’s up to us!

I have this posted in my clay studio that’s in the Poudre Studio Artists and Galleries part of the Poudre River Arts Center and my home studio as well.  I read this before I begin working in my studio…it’s a wonderful reminder that what I think, what I say, and what I create is all up to me, no matter what’s going on in my life and the world.  I hope you get something helpful from it as much as I do.

“The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.  And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”

~ Charles Swindoll