Author Archives: dryadart

About dryadart

An artist struggling to balance art, teaching and family in suburban America.

creative thinkering

Another blogger posted about this and I thought it might be just the inspiration you needed to kick it up a notch this year. It was great to see everyone last night and I was amazed to see all your work!


Like she said

I just read this today – I hope you will all take a few minutes to read it too, and then I hope you will look at your prices and wonder if you have a similar problem?

I am feeling a bit sad that our year together is almost over – I hope I see everyone on December 10th – actually I hope I see a lot of you this weekend at the holiday sale – until then…


staying open

Hi everyone, thought with the holidays rapidly approaching  – which I know for many of you means that family and friends will be eating away at your studio time ( no matter how glad you are for them) – I thought a little creative uplift might be in order so

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” ~ Martha Graham


New video

OK here’s Malcolm McLaren talking about his art school education and the idea of flamboyant failure on the way to creative success and about the idea of being an amateur. It is long and rambling but I think there’s something of value in it for each of us.


soul art TV

This won’t be for everyone, the first video especially is really touchy feel-y. But Lisa Sonora Beam who wrote the creative entrepreneur is one of the women featured.

Soul Art TV


miss you all!

I hope everyone enjoyed their labor day holiday, although I spent the whole day on the computer trying to get caught up for school, at least my house is clean and I am finally up to date with my marking! I am teaching a student success class this semester, which is basically a freshman experience, it provides them with tools to become better motivated and prepared for life in college. Obviously I often think of the comparisons between this class and SAVI.

I have needed some uplifting motivation lately, I have been running behind all term and while I have been spending a huge amount of time in the studio (which is why I am behind!) I have been focused on finishing the big installation piece I was working on, and that has felt a lot like WORK!

So because it seems like ages until we meet again, and as it will be a brief meeting abbreviated by Bonagany, here’s a lecture for you to keep you moving towards your goals. Some of you have probably seen it before, or may even have read the book, but I never get tired of watching this man speak – Enjoy!


keeping afloat

My apologies for not posting more often lately, I have been swamped trying to prepare a new course I picked up at the last minute. MY summer is officially over as I am back in school. As always I begin a new term with optimism, hoping I will have engaged students ready to learn. Of course we know how many of them will fail to reach their art life goals because out here in the trenches we know how hard it really is to stay on track, stay motivated and do the work the universe sends us!!

A while ago I promised to put up some business links for artist insurance policies – Artists Help Network has put together a pretty comprehensive list of carriers, or you could ask your insurance carrier if they offer vendors insurance. Hopefully that will set you off in the right direction!

So, it seems like a long pause between meetings this time around, what are you all working on? I am finishing up a large cast paper installation piece for a show at JCC in October, I have been trying to really stay on track with this as it is a large project and of course the paper needs to dry, so I can’t rush in and finish it up at the last minute (which we all know is our preferred method of working!!) I am also playing with some new work, connected by a thought to this body of work but working in a less structured way. And I am writing lesson plans both for college and local organizations, along with doing some gallery research and a zillion and one other family things.

I hope you are all still on track to your goals – feel free to share what you are working on here or at the website.

So here’s my little bit of education related inspiration for today I hope you enjoy it.

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