Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I made things. Days 11-15.

My goodness I have fallen behind!  Here are the five I owe myself. :)

I am in the depths of Spring Break here - which hasn't really begun to feel like a break at all because an entire "to-do" list awaits me every morning.

But I am finding ways to have fun here and there.  And a little bit of creativity along the way.

 On today's list: Painting our upstairs apartment - do you know anyone that wants to live in a lovely space above a loud (but trying hard not to be) family of five?  Free wake up calls!

Also on the books - raised garden beds.  Is there such a thing as planning to do too much?  The answer is "yes, but how do you resist?"

Enjoy your day! Hopefully the weather where you are is as beautiful as the sun shining is here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I made a thing. Day 10.

My favorite sitting place.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I made a thing. Day 9.

My favorite chair.

I'm still here. :)  I have been busy getting geared up and excited about teaching art the next generation for an entire weekend.  I feel revved up and a little on fire.  I have also still be drawing and creating everyday, but this little blog has gotten away from me.  I have a lot on my mind and so much to say, but I'm trying hard not to overwhelm myself with expectations that I can't meet at this very crazy time in my teaching/mothering/art-making life.  Thanks for sticking around and following along.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

I made a thing. Day 7

Real talk for my introverted home-body self.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

I made a thing. Day 5 and the reason I'm making things again.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” -Ira Glass

This is me beginning again.  Reinventing myself as an artist.  I hope you'll be patient with me.  My taste as Glass puts it is what has held me back all these years.  The experience of rejection and failure keep my dreams at bay.  This is the beginning of me trying to break from from these limitations.  It is humiliating and vulnerable.  It is exciting and energizing.  It is all the things I've been okay not feeling for years. 

Please bear with me.  

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I made a thing. Day 4

Once my daily walk.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I made a thing. Day 2

Pregnant with Ollie. :)

Monday, March 7, 2016

I made a thing...numero uno.

Miniature art.  3.5"x3.5"