Monthly Archives: March 2011

be nice to your artist

 

 

So we have been WORKING very hard, which is as it should be, but this week, as I am on break from my teaching job, I have been thinking about the value of play. I decided I needed a day off and so yesterday I went gallery hopping with some friends. I saw some truly inspiring work, (above is an image from the gallery at SUNY Fredonia by Judith Gregory) and I have been thinking about how much I needed that. So I began to wonder if any of you have taken your artist out to play recently? Because we all know our artist is a big kid who likes treats and surprises! What could you treat your artist-child to this week?


calendars

Can you schedule creativity, this writer thinks so! I have to agree that I am a creature of habit, and making some art everyday is a habit I want, I find it much easier in the spring/summer/fall when my studio is flooded with light at all hours, in the grey of winter I just want to curl up with a book. How about you?


artists statements

For most artists you might just as well say pull out all my fingernails… yeah, for most of us this is NOT fun. Making is fun, explaining, well not so much (as my kids would say). I include myself amongst this crowd, I loathe writing statements… I never know what to say, what does the public want/need to know in order to understand what I do.

By divine coincidence again someone sent me this link so I am passing it on to you, maybe one of you will find it helpful. If any of you have suggestions, please send them to me and I will pass them along. Remember you will not have to share what you have written on Saturday, this is just preparation so you will be ready to get to work.

and here are a few more

artists statement.com

art business

art biz coach

Good luck!


hello!

Hi everyone. Firstly my apologies for the long silence, I have been busy putting out all the fires that started when my child was so sick. I hope I am back on track and ready to dive back into my “normal” life. I hope you all enjoyed the webinar and found something useful in there. I was thinking that I might like something visual in my studio to help me stay on my map. What about all of you?

I have been busy trying to find some resources on managing the people in our lives. I know from personal experience that it can feel VERY SELFISH to take time out for my own work. My family is pretty trained now, they rarely come into my studio without invitation, and if they do they come bearing gifts, coffee or wine or chocolate (!) which is appropriate I think for entering my sacred space! They didn’t get that way overnight, I had to tell them again and again to let me be, and I wasn’t always so nice about it!

Friends can be even harder, friendships take time & energy to maintain. I am going to admit to you all that some friends didn’t make the cut. This probably makes me sound cold & uncaring, and a bit mean, but here’s the thing, I want to make ART! Some of my friendships were not very reciprocal, they only called when they needed something from me, “that would only take a minute” MY MINUTE out of MY STUDIO TIME.  This is one of those two good choices moments, here is a fork in the road, do I want to be a great friend (well of course) or a great artist (duh!). So for some people I picked art over them, the same for some other big time commitments like volunteering for pretty much everything and one.

Now again I am going to tell you that this didn’t always make me popular. When the PTA called and said can we count on you for face painting this year again (even tho my kids graduated years before) and I said NO, well you don’t make so many friends that way. And I have learned to be OK with that because I want to make ART.

When I am in the studio, my machine picks up my calls. I TRY really hard to stick to my studio schedule, unless something super important crops up, and no dishes and laundry are not super important!

Right now I am trying to figure out how to get more down time into my life… time to go sit at an exhibit, or have lunch with my family and not have to watch the clock. I can get all the things done I need to do, I just want to figure out how to do it better. I’d like a day off. Like God.

So watch your post for something from me, and good luck with your homework from Anna. As always call or email if you need me, I will pencil you in!!!


Boundaries

This topic came up again and again this weekend. So I am going to include some links to some sites that might have an idea or two that will work for you.

When I first quit my day job as a graphic designer, people kept calling me asking me to do things, or just to chat for hours. I had to keep reminding them that I was WORKING. My studio is a JOB, it pays my bills. I had to keep telling them that I would never call them at their office to chat…. and not everyone got it, and I did lose some friends in the process, but I was OK with that eventually. Now I just don’t answer my phone when I am working, I let the machine pick up. I warn people that this will happen, most people are OK leaving me a message.

I had to train my family to stay out of my space when I was working. I had to remind them I was WORKING. Eventually they got the message too, now my husband will roam around at the foot of the stairs till I tell him to come on up!!! Or he comes bearing gifts like chocolate or wine.

SO here are some links for you, and good luck, this is a tough one, and I feel we’ll be coming back again and again. Share what works for you on the discussion board, your peers will thank you!

8 tips for setting boundaries and from Oprah(!)


wow!

I just want to say…WOW! What great energy was in that room yesterday, how exciting it is for me to be a part of your creative lives, how blessed and privileged I feel! Anyway I was reading the blog of a friend from NYC and he talks in this post a bit about his creative journey, and I thought some of you might enjoy it too.Seth is a great guy who facilitates wonderful experiences for many of us bloggers, and write honestly about his work and life. I hope you like it!


burnt out?

I don’t know about all of you, but these first months of SAVI have flown by in a blur! The year will be gone before we even know it!!

This week I have all the classic symptoms of overload, I cannot settle down to anything. I am on deadline mode, rushing from one thing to the next, and all the joy of play is missing from my home & studio. This is partly because I have a very sick child, and mostly because it was 6 week grading week at the college, so I had lots of loose ends and paperwork to complete. I have half finished work in my studio, and a whole new body of work calling to me, and mostly all I have time to do is go from one doctors appointment to the next, so this article was timely for me, and maybe for some of you too.

Now the craziness of grading is behind me I find myself unwinding a bit, and I am looking forward to getting back on track with my studio deadlines and clearing the decks for that new work.

That webinar on time management is going to be very timely for me!! LOL!

Seriously though, I share this with you because we all get off track sometimes, life has a way of upsetting our best laid plans. I used to think that I was a failure if I didn’t complete my to-do list, now I can comfort myself with the thought that I am only human. So for me this is a pull up my socks and buckle back down week.

Looking forward to meeting with all of you this weekend and hearing all about your journey so far. Best & blessings… Deb