Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Arc of Making Something

Lynn Whipple, who has super fun energy, charts the steps of the creative process in what she calls The Arc of Making Something.

1) Move your hands

2) Follow your hands and your ideas take over.  You start to have fun.

3) Oh gets messy!!!  

4) Relax! stuff. While you do your brain is still working on what you set aside.

5) Come back to it with renewed enthusiasm. 

5.5) Get POSITIVE feedback. [Go to a reliable positive feedback person.]

6) Finish what you start.  Go back, simplify, edit. 

6.5) SHARE it. 

7) Repeat prior steps over and over again. 

8) Mr. Deadline makes us finish! [He's kind of a jerk, but he gets the job done.]

Now go make something! And have some nice tea when it gets messy!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Is It Good Enough?

I was cruising by Kristen's blog, Art Play Today, and saw a post from her with this great video [below] from Ira Glass about The Creative moving past the question 'Is my work good enough?' That nagging question we all face from time to time.

I'm beginning to lean into the opposition and CREATE ANYWAY, so what if it's good, bad, or worse - mediocre? At the very least I learn something through the process and make some progress on my creative journey. After all that's what it's about isn't it?

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Backtrack: New Year's 'Tangles

Meditation zentangles I did on may way into the new year. They are so much fun, but warning: once you get started it's hard to stop. This is the page with the instructions and videos that I followed. It is a fun, meditative way to let your creativity flow.


I have only just got into the habit of following some amazing artists and their blogs and now I'm kind of getting into it. So maybe, just maybe I'll start blogging too. [well, here I am, hey?] And maybe even post some of my work. [This is brave for me.]

This might just be the year to do it because I've joined Tam on Willowing for this aMAzing mixed media year-long Life Book course [with her and 14 other wonderful mixed media teachers] let's just say - week one and it's proving to be $100ish dollars [there are various packages] well spent. The support of the artists in the community is fantastic and seeing the art from everyone else is BEYOND inspiring! I'm learning tons already and can't wait to see what happens next. [um...can you tell I'm excited?]

If this is interesting to you at all check it out cause registration is still open. I personally think it will be a great experience for anyone interested in mixed media. Great my first blog is sounding like an add. Quick - I'll post my first Life Book lesson page to redeem myself.

It is a personal piece - somewhat of a self portrait, the goddess I most identify with right now [Durga: strength, power]. This was a cathartic piece for me. At the end of the year we will be binding the pages we choose into a book. Fun!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Whacky Hair Day

Couple of Girls I made for an art prompt that Tam made at willowing for a girl with whacky hair. Had lots of fun with them. The flying critters are rub-ons outlined with some graphite.
Butterfly Girl: Transition Happens

Hair Balls: Everything is Up in the Air

Friday, December 23, 2011


I have taken a few of Suzi Blu's online courses and not only is she super fun but I've learned lots and have come along way with portraits. Still lots to learn but here are some I've done so far.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Altered Matchboxes

These little boxes are for some swaps that I did for Halloween and Christmas. They are like fun little shrines to work inside of. The artwork in most of them comes from a deck of cards I got from a tattoo convention I went to - don't know the name of the artist, but I love his work.