Friday, June 17, 2016

embracing the incomplete

I've been away. Not in location but in spirit. Rethinking. Reinventing, Regrouping, Changing directions. It was time. But it took time. And I'm not even sure if I've arrived. But that's okay. They say it's the journey not the destination that's important. And in that regard the destination is like "tomorrow" in the song, it's always a day away. 

And about the new name for my blog...embracing the me those words give me the opportunity to adjust my path as I evolve and hopefully my growth never ends and so it remains incomplete as long as I'm alive.

Creativity is in my blood. For as long as I can remember I've been designing and making functional and decorative art. The process (design, sketch, ponder, repeat) can be fun and rewarding but also difficult and at times frustrating - things don't always turn out the way I think they will. The incomplete means there are no dead ends. I'm not hung up on perfection which only exists in my mind and not in real life. It allows me to move on, to keep learning, keep practicing, each piece building on what I learned from the one past. It's embracing the incomplete in my life and in my art that keeps me moving forward.

Hopefully I'll write more often but who knows. I'm more comfortable expressing myself through a visual language than the written word so we'll just have to see. If you're interested in seeing the new direction please visit my website.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

time waits for no man (or woman)

I was shocked to see that my last post was back in January. I'm not sure where the time has gone. I know this sounds weird but I've been trying to slow things down by doing less and being more mindful of the things I'm doing. And I've tried not to have a schedule. Yes I still have my part time day job but for the other days, the days that are mine, I've done fewer things but accomplished more. Instead of having a to-do list of 10 things I now pick 1 or 2 and spent more time with each of them.

It really hit me when I read this recent blog post entitled "Choices, distractions and trade-offs" by Skylark Writing Studio about not being able to have three things in your life. I think that's what I've finally discovered. Please go there and read what she has to say about how we choose to spend our time.

When I was a teenager I would hang posters in my bedroom that had what I thought were profound sayings. One was a picture of a roller coaster with these words "I bought you one ticket", my mother said, "choose your ride with care." I'm not sure I *got* it then. I get it now.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

the final cut

I almost forgot that I had Roman Aguirre film my gallery show. I got the final cut today and I'm very pleased with how it turned out, especially the "out take" at the end. My husband Gary had set up a camera documenting us hanging the art. It's amazing what creative editing can do....thanks Roman!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

are we having fun yet?

I had someone ask me recently if making art was fun. The question stopped me in my tracks. I didn’t know how to answer and had really never thought about it before. Well several weeks have passed and I can’t stop thinking about it. “Do I have fun when I’m making art?” I guess it depends on what it means to have fun so I looked up the definition and it said “enjoyment or lighthearted pleasure”.

I love the process and the problem solving of what I do. I love the final product when it all comes together. It’s an overwhelming sense of satisfaction. I make art because it’s something I HAVE to do. It’s who I am.

But it’s taken a lot to get to this point…5 years of design school, a 25 year career as a design professional ( I believe all of life’s experiences informs what you do) and the last 10 years of taking additional classes and workshops. I regret none of it. It’s all exactly as it needed to be and I’m extremely happy to be here.

I’m also one of those people who thinks those 10,000 hours of practice are worth it. I’ve never considered it boring and it has nothing to do with being perfect. I remember the frustration of wanting to make something but not having the skill. It was so discouraging and no fun at all. It’s hard to be creative when you have a vision of what you want something to look like but don’t know how to make it happen.

I feel I can be so much more creative when I know I can go into my studio and I don’t have to struggle with a technique because I’ve practiced it a 100 times and it now seems second nature to me. It’s like learning to ride a bicycle. Whether you did it with or without training wheels, you learned to balance first and be comfortable with that before you attempted any fancy moves. It may not have been fun but you did it anyway.

If you talk to people who are really good at what they do…an artist who makes his or her living from making art vs someone who creates art for “fun”… you will hear stories of dedication, sacrifice and lots of practice. I know this path isn’t for everyone. It’s a choice we all have to make as artists and decide to what level we want to take our art.

And you know what? I can now say I’m having fun. But it wasn’t always this way. I see the total enjoyment of what I do now as the reward for a lot of hard work. And isn’t that true of anything in life that’s worthwhile.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

seems like yesterday

Well the opening has come and gone and I couldn't be more pleased. There was a nice turn out, several sales and most important a really good response to my new work. I'll let the pictures tell the story.

It's funny how once a big event happens it always seems so long ago. My plan now is to take a little break, clean my studio and shop, and enjoy the wonderful spring weather here in Phoenix.