Since my last weekly details log was late I might as well make this one late as well. Above some good advice found in a neighbors yard!
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Today was another truly beautiful day along the California Coast. Today I stopped and allowed myself to enjoy it. I decided to be generous to myself for a change-to give myself just a bit of luxury. I walked down to the Little Red Cafe in my town and ate breakfast. I know this probably doesn't sound like much but for me its huge. I don't need to tell you that the last 7 years have been difficult for me. I've lost pretty much everything I spent years working towards-my job, my house,family members,my studio,and now my dogs. Because of the lack of available cash I stopped allowing myself any luxuries. I figured that because I wasn't pulling in much money that I didn't deserve to treat myself. I needed to just go home and work- to be a successful artist. Recently through the 12 step program "The Artists Way" I have started to change my thinking. In the process I have found a little corner of Heaven. This corner is called The Montara Cafe and Bakery-I just call it the Little Red Cafe. And today I quite literally found a corner all for myself and my inner artist. Here's our little corner.
This is perfect-it faced out to the ocean, the window was open and a soft breeze was blowing . I was enjoying a wonderful breakfast and watching the world go by in a local friendly eatery-(one of my favorite things). It felt sinful sitting there watching the ocean, eating breakfast instead of working. But it also felt so good. It felt right-like finally taking a deep breath. Because of this hour of luxury I am ready to work on a project that I have been dragging my feet on for some time now-I feel that "sense of abundance" that the Artists Way talks about - a sense of renewel. In the months ahead I will continue to fight to give myself these little gifts because as the Artist's Way states " art is born in expansion, in a belief in sufficient supply, it is critical that we pamper ourselves for the sense of abundance it brings to us."
So I guess my message to anyone reading is : don't deny yourself a little luxury. If you do you may deny yourself of your creativity which can only manifest as a result of the joy.
The Montara Bakery and Cafe along highway 1 (Cabrillo Hwy) in Montara, Ca.
Creativity lives in paradox: serious art is born from serious play
-Julia Cameron-The Artists Way
Saturday, February 7, 2015
A little late with the weekly details post. I just acquired a mannequin for a new art show display. Don't you love her real glass eyes? Wonder what she sees?
"I shut my eyes in order to see."
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Here is your weekly installment of the details of life. Above: I love this gazing ball-the images reflected seem otherworldly-like some place out of a dream. I imagine chasing a rabbit and stepping though it into Wonderland.
"Develop interest in life as you see it; in people,
things, literature, music-the world is so rich,
simply throbbing with rich treasures,
beautiful souls and interesting people.
Forget yourself. "
Friday, January 23, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Recently I have committed to the 12 step program "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron.. Now I had read this book through at least 3 times but never followed the program chapter by chapter. If you have never read "The Artist's Way" I highly recommend it. This book can be used by artists or anyone that is attempting to find more creativity within.
" One of the great misconceptions about the artistic life is that it entails great swathes of aimlessness. The truth is that a creative life involves great swathes of attention. Attention is a way to connect and survive" Julia Cameron-The Artist's Way"
She is talking about paying attention to details of everyday life. Your life right now. Finding delight and wonder in the little things even when your life is falling apart. As you do this you realize that every moment is "not without its beauty".
Paying attention, seeing the details is a way to connect with life around you and in turn it helps "fill the well" of your artistic creativity.
I don't know about you but after 4 or 5 shows I feel completely drained. I find myself devoid of new ideas. To help refill my well I start to flood myself with images, sights, sounds, smells. I give myself permission for artistic play dates or mini vacations: read a book, take walks, take photos, go shopping, catch up with friends, burn a fragrant candle while I'm working, listen to some music I haven't heard for awhile, go bird watching, walk on the beach, go to the vintage paper fair, go to the thrift store or flea market, go to lunch and people watch while I'm eating...anything I can do to flood myself with sensory input. Most importantly while on my artistic play dates I try to pay attention to detail.
To this end I have also designed a project for myself. Every week I will take images of details around me.. These images will be printed out and placed in a journal that I can reference when I need to. They might even end up in new collages or assemblages. I will also put these images up on my blog weekly so that anyone reading this blog may see them as well.
For anyone that is blocked artistically or just looking for more creativity in your life I invite you to "see the details" and start your own detail journal. And just like Julia Cameron states in The Artist's Way " The reward for attention is always healing".
Image above: I found this great vine curl this week. Symmetry of life.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Possessive Grendel-never touch the pig!
Proud parents of a Demon Dog.
Playful Grendel and best buddy Dynamo.
Beach Walk Grendel-look he's found a stick fish! Grendel continued to walk 1 to 2 times a day until the last day of his life.
Bah Humbug Grendel.
Cone of Shame Grendel.
The Great Dog Grendel
We love you forever.