Dearest Muse, I could do with a little bit of help. Seriously. I am working my little tush off, but I need you to show up today. I promise I'll be nice. But every time I try to paint the head on this painting, it just comes out wrong somehow. The neck gets too short or too long. The head is too big or in the wrong place. I can't get that damned … [Read more...] about A plea to the Muse. And Barbies.
So I've tried to write this blog post 3 times. And each time, it came out wrong. So I decided to make a video instead. I am sitting on the floor of my studio, wearing a blanket, with absolutely no make up on and I look like I'm 5 years old. My presentation probably leaves something to be desired and it's longer than 2 minutes, but whatever. I just … [Read more...] about The Power of Decisions
It's been a long month. I'm still not sure if I'm ready to write this, ready to be here. I feel raw, vulnerable. Putting my Self, my words out in the world right now - it's scary. There's a hard knot in the pit of my stomach that only wants us to keep on hiding. I can't though. There's life outside and I'm feeling the urge to participate again, … [Read more...] about Reclaiming.
Recently, Hugh MacLeod wrote about the need for products to be talismans. Like the Bible people carry around for comfort, or your lucky tennis shoes, or for me, the locket I wear around my neck – these things hold magic for us. They embody a quality that we need, whether it symbolizes love, or helps you to feel safe, or powerful, or … [Read more...] about Talismans
Again and again, I need to be reminded of who I'm painting for.It's so easy to start painting to impress someone else - critics, gallery owners, even fans of my work. You start to listen to too many outside opinions and you forget to listen to your own.Robert Genn says artists need to be rugged individualists. You must be your own judge of what is … [Read more...] about My life’s in my hands
Oh helplessness. You and me have a long, and colorful history. You've been by my side, hanging out for over 9 years now. And I'm sure that you've served a good purpose, somewhere, somehow. I'm sure you've tried to protect me in some way.But it might be time for you to move along now, and go search for new horizons. Or at least take early … [Read more...] about Helplessness