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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label create. Show all posts
Showing posts with label create. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Listening

The "T" Word.  TIME.  Lately, I haven't had alot of time to put my doodling to practice underneath my machine.  But I have had some smaller bits of time in my work-day that I often overlook...

Here's a few examples: 
  • A 15 minute break at work (twice a day!)
  • my lunch hour --- 'leftover minutes!' (sounds like a cell phone advertisement)! 
  • waiting in the doctor's office at appointments
So it amounts to this, at least for me.  I get to be creative... about the time I have to create. Whatever that might entail. To practice.  Explore.  EnJoy. 

And  I really enjoy my new little sketchbook.  I just bought it recently, (about $4) and it fits in my purse at 6" x 8".  So when I'm with my Mom for Dr. appts, (which are sometimes 3 hours long),  I have my sketchbook and my pens.  Love my pens!  These are some of my favorites:
  • Glaze Pens by Sakura (they give a raised, shiny appearance) Very cool effect!
  • Sakura "Souffle" pens - they are chalk-like, but come in very pretty colors, too.
  • Gelly roll pens (the glittery ones that shine)
  • Sharpie pens or Sakura Micron pens (not just in black either!)
  • a watercolor travel set with a "Koi" watercolor brush included.
  • a pencil and eraser.  Absolutely essential!
Time to create! 
Or how about just TAKING TIME to take something in. 
There's a thought.
I totally get the 'nurture your artistic side" thing that appears everywhere you look.  In a magazine or blog. (like here!)  And there's lots to say about that...maybe.  Another time, perhaps.
 And when viewing new projects, ideas, or challenges that are out there... I'll admit to thinking, "Yeah, when would I have time to make that happen?!" I'm already challenged!
I get the point.  Challenge is good.  It's just well, time-consuming... and challenging!  So I have tried to change not only how I think about the time I DON'T have... but how I manage the smaller increments of time I DO have.  Making choices.  Setting goals.  Taking time to learn something, or try something new... as I keep those things in focus!
 Let me say too, I don't have answers. I only have ideas - some of them work - some of the time!  I try not to put it in a box.  There will never be (really) enough time in the day to create, doodle, sew... take pictures... take a new class, study, read... and more.  Because I would love to do it all.  (Say it isn't so!)  Does anyone out there nod their head in agreement?! Raise their hand?  Get on that soap box?!

Part of it is Discipline. (capital D intended!) If it's important enough, you make time for it.  Art-quilting-sewing-creating may not be a part of, or absolutely critical every day.  Gulp. Did I really say that?!  YES!

Because my day belongs to God, first.  HE OWNS it!  And I'm really glad about that, cuz He's way smarter and wiser than me!  And I try to listen to Him --- FIRST, and be sensitive to know how and what - I'm being called to do throughout those minutes... hours... and days.  And we all know how the days turn into months and, well, you know how the rest of that sentence goes!
 So that's my focus.  My time to create IS important to me.. but it's even more important to know that when the intended schedule falls through; family or friends pop in to visit unexpectedly, and jobs, chores, to-do lists,  summer, and life happens... there is a time for everything.  I won't  - can't - and don't need to do it all, all the time. 
 I just need to listen.  
And I want to be a good listener.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Taking TIME

We are back from a long Memorial Day weekend!  While enjoyable, it just feels SO GOOD to be home again, and home for the entire week! YAY!  I have several projects to share with you as  I 'regroup' and enjoy my 'staycation' as I call it!  Cooking, sewing! Perhaps some gardening if... it... ever... stops... raining, and warms up to 70 degrees!  Yikes! 
 
Below is a 'snapshot' if you will, of some helpful advice, in part by a quilter, Laura Cater Woods. I've added my own 'testimony' to it, as well. The pictures are mine, the advice is timeless. And I teach and say these very things. 

When I teach, I sometimes hear students remark, who look at my free motion quilting, and say I must have an ever-abundant, natural talent for art, that just spills out of me like a waterfall in the spring!  Don't get me wrong, I believe God has filled me up with this blessing.   I have always felt it as a youngster... but I know, even more importantly, (perhaps even more so as an adult!) that creativity is something I think about, study, WORK and PLAY at!  Daily!  And I'm often heard telling my students that very thing!  Repeatedly!  

Dahlia bloom --- from the first plant of the season... yet to be planted! 
What advice do you have for artists who are seeking their unique voice or direction in their own artwork?
Do the work. Do a lot of work. Look at art, listen to music, see live performances in areas outside your particular focus. Read. Do more work.(Laura Cater Woods).

Detail from mixed media paper quilt
Go make something. 
From our Montana Roadtrip Summer 2010 on the back roads to White Sulpher Springs
 See something.
"Going to the Sun" Road in Glacier National Park, Montana
Do enough work to make a lot of mistakes. I like that particular sentence... ALOT!  You gain nothing if you risk nothing.  So, take a Risk. Approach it as Play. Sit quietly for a few minutes every day and just watch the light change. 
Mountain flowers. Rocks. Rusty color. What a great combination... and inspiration!
Pay attention. Take in the details.  Stop!  Be quiet. Absorb.
Ft. Benton, Montana on the banks of the Missouri River
 Just do the work.  Do it when you are inspired, and especially when you are not.  Something will bubble up.

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