An Artist's Quest

Posts tagged “challenge

Time is Racing

Somehow I can’t keep up with my life these days; well that’s not quite true, I’m keeping up but just barely.  Workshops are happening, my work at The Bishop’s Ranch is happening but I feel stuck in quick sand, I’m running but it feels more like slogging.  I keep thinking I’ll get caught up – today is the day – and then the next day is the same. I’ll keep trying – I promised to blog more but bare with me.  I want to keep you in the loop about what I’m up too so….

This weekend I taught this weekend at The Bishop’s Ranch my Winter Creative Workshop. It was all about making art papers and making personal, artful gifts and cards with the stenciled, stamped and sprayed papers, take a peek:

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But wait there’s more! I’m having a Studio Sale December 1st-3rd, here is a preview and a link to details STUDIO SALE… PLEASE COME AND INVITE FRIENDS:

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Still MORE! Commit to your creative self in 2017 come make art with ME! WORKSHOP INFO

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A Bird in the Hand

my drawing (left corner) scanned and printed on Grafix transparency & other transparencies to use in piece

my drawing (left corner) scanned and printed on Grafix transparency & other transparencies to use in piece

piece in progress, shows printed materials in which background was stenciled with stencils I made using the Grafix matte Dura-Lar film.

piece in progress, shows printed materials in which background was stenciled with stencils I made using the Grafix matte Dura-Lar film.

detail of Piece for Cloth Paper Scissors Grafix challenge, this is a teaser hopefully the full image will be published in the magazine, I'll keep you posted.

detail of Piece for Cloth Paper Scissors Grafix challenge, this is a teaser hopefully the full image will be published in the magazine, I’ll keep you posted.

The old proverb “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” took on new meaning for me this week.  Typically the idiom is described as meaning its better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more and lose everything. I’ve always thought of this phrase as having a bit of the coward in it, a fear of taking the leap into the unknown but this week I turned this little nugget upside down to find a deeper wisdom. You remember, dear reader, from last week’s post that I was kvetching about a challenge I’m doing for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.  I was given packet of Grafix materials and asked to feature them in a piece of art.  For several days I was struggling “what to do, what to do?” pulling my hair out. So last Friday I decided to leave the slate blank and let it filter in. On Sunday I reread the email from Barbara Delany (assistant editor at CPS) in it she says “We are asking you to create artwork in your signature style, using the Grafix product”.  Somehow this spoke to me in a different way.  Use your signature style she said, be you, right then the phase a “bird in the hand” popped in my head.  It came to me that there is no cowardice in digging down and doing what you know, there is wisdom in looking inward, taking stock and making something new out of what you have. This little fissure in my creative clog was all I needed to have productive, invigorating, satisfying studio day, a day unlike any I’ve had for months. And so I beseech you to turn inward when you find yourself flailing, grab hold of your greatest gifts, the birds flitting by are so bright and beguiling we forget we’ve been building a little nest in our hearts all along, each little stick of life experience tucked in to hold a rare and beautiful bird.

I got so inspired I made two very distinct pieces with the Grafix materials I’ll show the other one next week.