Hard at work on a Saturday night. I want to thank those of you who have supported me this week and since the beginning of my #instalife. I have some big dreams ahead and I'm so glad you've chosen to come along with me in this journey. I hope to not disappoint. I hope to inspire, encourage and most importantly make you smile.
I'd love to hear from you about your #instajourney. What keeps you coming back? What joys do you get from using this great platform?
Have a great evening everyone.
There is real joy when you're at a place in your life where you feel completely content with where you're at. I used to resist (and honestly sometimes still do, but for different reasons) spending time on art in fear of feeling alone. But in fact I have since learned the real joy of mark making that no relationship could fill. I am still trying to work on balancing the two, but at least now I can confidently say I feel good about carving out the time in my studio. Even though sometimes it's a challenge to feel inspired I at least have comfort in knowing I tried and that I've learned something from the time spent in my studio work space.
What is your strategy in carving out time in your art studio / art space? Or even why the gym, working on your hobbie, sport or other interest? How do you make the time to do what you love? Comment below.
The one thing I try to instill in my students is that practice makes perfect and mistakes are never easy but they pay off. We only learn from our mistakes and art is and always will be a teacher of problem solving. Problem solving is a fine skill, it is invaluable.
Even though making mistakes is not always easy, we have to keep in mind two very important things : 1) we learn from our mistakes and 2) we are our own worst critic. What we don't like about our own work someone else may see the joy in it. Leave others to judge your work before we give yourself such a hard time about it.
Infact, the one thing I like about working in abstract so much is the magic in it. I never know how something is going to turn out. Mistakes are often a good thing, more than not. If I have up on practice and making mistakes my work would not be where it is today.
I'd love to hear from b you about your stories of mistakes you've made in your work that turned out to be triumphant. Comment below.
This is one of my very first large abstract mixed media paintings. At the time I thought it was too flashy and bright and that no buyer would appreciate it, so I decided to continue painting over it to make it more appealing to a buyer. This was a big mistake. I will forever miss this piece. I have since learned that when a painting makes me smile no matter what anyone else thinks it is declared complete and happily finished. . .
It's time to get back in the studio. #metime is way overdue. It's amazing how much resistance we have sometimes for things we love, but once we start doing it whether it be exercise, reading, running, practicing an instrument, drawing or painting the feeling is so powerful and therapeutic.
What do you do in your spare time that brings you joy and self care?