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03/25/2013

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Elizabeth Mackey

I'm here :)
While reading your post, I was quickly reminded of my favorite paper cutting artist Elsa Mora. I don't know if you are familiar with her or not, most likely you are, but she has so many up lifting things to say about the creative process. I have her on my facebook also, and every once in a while when I'm feeling lost in the whole process of just starting something, she will have something wise to say that makes me go, YES! I get it.
Once she wrote something like this: To become good at your craft or art, you must simply just keep doing it day in and day out weather it is any good or not. Never think of the out come, just basically do it! I'm simplifying her words, but that is the gist of it.
Several months later, I was reading something about a musician that broke up his band, but wanted to start another adventure on his own. Anyway....he was always wanted to meet Fran Healy of the band "Travis." Fran is a very gifted lyricist. Long and short of it, he finally met him in London, and asked him. "Where do I even begin again." He almost said the EXACT same thing that Elsa said!!! It really was a light bulb moment for me. Two successful artists, with the same thought....it was a common thread to not ignore!
I don't know if I'm explaining myself correctly, but here is her site. You can become a part of it by adding your blog to it. http://www.artisaway.com/

I really feel like the clock has been spinning too fast these days for all that I want to do! I just bought some beautiful fabrics and the ideas are plentiful but the time is not!!!!!

Eva

I'm here. *waving hand* :-) I love your idea for the daily creative exercise! I understand your worries, I guess it's something that's true of life in general. At some point one realizes that one won't have time to do "everything". Especially in one's personal creative journey, I think that if the choices one makes how to spend one's creative time and energy feel right then they are right. It's about your own personal journey and I think you don't need to justify yourself to us or anyone about how you go about it. We'll be here, following your journey and endeavours.

Mari

I'm here for sure! I love your long posts but a snippet now and then would be lovely too! So much food for thought as always. By the way, nothing paralysis me like the 10 000 hours rule. I have no sense for numbers, the whole thing makes me feel that my life is over and that there is no way I can do anything for 10 000 hours. It is the same with quilts, I never could make them if I would start to think about the number of pieces I have to sew together.

I have following words hangin above my desk to keep me focused: "This is my work (maybe not my employment) I need to share, I want to connet." It is in part inspired by Josehp Campbell. It helps me to focus on what I want to do vs what I want to be. I want to be an artist, but what does that mean? For me it means create, share, connect. Repeat.

By the way I love it that this class is so different than the painting class! I want to have it all as well and not sign up for only one way of doing and learning. I would love to know what other classes you are taking. I would like to join a class myself but don't know how to find one!

Alicia Armstrong

Yo aqui tambien. (is that even close?)

Most of the time I feel like I have a giant clock pressing down on me,following me, ticking loudly and laughing. But remember the clock room in the antique store? It was magical and you just wanted to stand still and listen. All those clocks and it was timeless. Perspective.

It seems impossible a lot of the time, but we need to push down those worries, especially beccause we cannot change time, and just focus on the work we can do now. They may be baby steps, but they are just as critical as a child's first steps. And all too quickly (to the mother's eyes) that child is off and running. If we do the work, we will get there.

Melissa P

So many things going on--classes, new plans, life! I'm enjoying the William Morris exercises, by the way. I am a big fan of the Arts and Crafts movement. Their philosophies about life and art and their inseparability is especially uplifting in a post-modern world.

I believe you are close to walking on your own, moving beyond the baby steps into the wild abandon and freedom. Just like babies, we have to get to that point where the walking doesn't take all our focus. When we are able to move without thinking, the real excitement begins. You're almost there. Just keep creating.

We all believe in you!

Sheri

I'm here and continue to be your student! Your ideas are inspiring. I will find myself with the summer "off" for the first time in 15 years... While I will be quite busy with my young ones, I get excited thinking of what projects my sons and I might do together. Your book idea is excellent as both boys have a great deal of interest in art. Xoxo

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