From My Desk – February 2015

From my desk this week:

HAPPY GROUNDHOG’S DAY! From My Desk

You may not know the significance of this date so here it is – it is halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox – this means we are halfway through winter and halfway to spring! YIPPEE!

I feel like I have turned a corner in my life – hit my Groundhog’s day, so to say. Probably more than halfway to the end, but maybe not. Better late than never – right?

WAKE UP CALL!

In May of 2013 my husband of 43 years (at that time) had a massive heart attack. (He survived.) He had just turned 64 years old. Way too young for such an event – in my humble opinion. It was a gigantic wake up call for both of us as well as for many folk close to us. Of course there was the immediate scramble to cover the bases, we still had to eat, clean house, get kids to school and all the daily stuff that he normally was a part of.

But there was the big picture too. What are those things that we are going to do when we get a moment or when we get around to them. What are we here for – really?

There is a Martha Graham quote that has motivated me for  the last twenty years or so. I keep coming back to it. Making tentative gestures towards my own expression of life.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.” MarthaGrahamImage

I have been diddling around my whole life waiting for it to be my turn to have my life. But in reality just diddling around afraid that I would do that thing that I really want to do, be that person that I really want to be and fail. Or look like a fool. What if I put my whole heart and soul on the table, stripped naked in my vulnerability and failed.

THE REST OF THE STORY

But then there is the rest of the story – the last half of the quote that is usually not noticed:

“It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.”

WHAT?

It is just my job to do and be my most desired self? WHAT? This is IT!  It is time! My capacity and capabilities are sufficient to the task. This is the year, 2015, that I will write and travel, teach and learn, make art and sell it.

Stand back I might get on you!

To finish the quote. “…You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others” – Martha Graham

 

From My Desk – Beginning 2015!

From my desk this week:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!From My Desk

I know, I know – we have been working on this year for a little over two weeks now! AND it is still the New Year and I am still working on my intentions and plans for 2015.

Have More Experiences and Less Stuff!

This is my highest  intention for 2015. It leads me to other plans and actions for this year.

To have more experiences:

  • Take quality online art journaling classes and use them thoroughly before starting another one. Participate in the class communities.
  • Share the classes, books and artists I discover with friends so we can learn together.
  • Donate time to teaching art journaling classes to contribute to the quality of life for:
  • Seniors at the Senior Center and to
  • Youngsters at the local Rec Centers and in my studio
  • Take IRL (In Real Life) classes at local studios. This definitely a case of use or lose.
  • Take other classes that support me in ridding my home, studio and office of excess stuff.
  • Travel and live away from my house at least three months of this year.
  • Keep extensive traveling art journals while away to capture the experiences.
  • Participate in local art or language classes where ever I travel .
Glammed Up Journal

Another Journal made in a class held locally featuring National Mixed Media Artist Kelly Kilmer

To have less stuff in my studio:

  • Make my own journals using what I already have in my studio – a fail already, because someone gave me a beautiful art journal for my birthday and I intend to use it this year. Luckily I plan to go through many many art journals and travel journals this year.
  • Use up excess supplies and materials  in my studio by making products for sale.
  • Join other artists to buy in bulk when an item is needed.
  • Spend budget on good paper, ink and paint – not storage bins or fancy fads
  • Share and give freely of my bountiful art.

And You?

Do you have any specific intentions/goals/resolutions around your art or studio for 2015?  We would love to hear them and if they fit – steal them to forward growing as artists and citizens of this planet we call home. Tell us in the comments section here or on our Facebook Page.