These are all things Artists (successful Artists) say to those of us struggling in the muck of our creative juices and impulses. “If you aren’t living and breathing your art, then you are not a true Artists.” Unfortunately, in this economy, it is hard to “live and breathe”‘ that Art when you have bills to pay and be accountable too. You don’t want to just do things for the money, but society is truly set up to kill the creative spirit. That is how I’ve been feeling lately.
I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but my mom had surgery recently. She is recovering..luckily my sister was able to take some time off to help. But for the past week, it has been me with both parents and it can get very frustrating and stressful. Considering my own back and stress issues….yeah. Finding the energy and will to complete projects is difficult. Finding the time to really flesh all I want to flesh out is just vexing.
Below, is blast from the past. A vector graphic I called DJ Na-O. It has a lot of elements I enjoy. I like the colors a lot. It is like he is the DJ for spring or something or the DJ of the Dawn…LOL
I’ve come to realize you really need to be careful who you let in. I mean, who you let see the true you. Some folks will stop at nothing to take advantage of you once they think they have gained your trust. This is especially true for those who work in the arts. A lot of the work we do is very personal and comes from a personal place. To have some one tear that work apart can be traumatic. I’m not even talking about constructive criticism, I’m talking about someone just saying or doing things that totally disrespects the work you are doing.
For all of us, the way we express ourselves is different. How we work, why we work, who we work with shapes our art and shapes us. I suppose, what I’m trying to say is be careful and be kind. Be careful who you open yourself to and be kind to yourself and your work.
This past week, I’ve been in bit of a rut. It may be that I have too many potential projects to focus on. I have this book on Art and fear; and I think I have a lot of fear right now. When you create something, it is so personal and it is born of you life and experiences. I piece of your soul goes into it. I can be maddening, but the results are beautiful. Paintings, illustrations, photos…whatever it is you do to express yourself does not have to be complex. It just has to be real, authentic, genuine. I believe people enjoy that about works of art they view and/or experience.
Can you believe this is my first ACEO. It turned out pretty good. I had to add glitter! Don’t ask me what it is because I really don’t know. I just let my subconscious do the drawing. Plus I finally got a chance to use my new chair.
Let me show my new imported markers:
These are very nice. The smaller ones have brush like tip. The fat ones remind me of Sharpies. Plus they are two sided. I have Sharpies…
I couldn’t resist buying rainbow colors in two sizes: regular and thin. I have had these for a while.
Of course, no former art student is complete without their Prismacolors:
So these are the tools used to work on my ACEO card.
My plan is to do some tomorrow. Classes started again and I may be getting yet another class. If these locations were right around the corner I’d be o’k. But I spend so much time in my car, it is ridiculous. Don’t get me started on the gas.
In anycase, I will do some ACEOs tomorrow. I got these awesome markers from Japan so I think I will use them for these projects. Oh my! I need to update my monthly art thingie…