Thursday, May 29, 2014

Defining Your Style

I am always searching for a way to describe my art, my style in a few words or less. I figure I have about a minute to convince someone who does not "get it" to give me a second, closer look. So many of the good descriptors for art style are overused or just plain do not fit. I recently came across a brilliant book which offers an approach to help you find and express your style in a 2 WORD statement! The clincher is that this is a statement that encompasses all aspects of your life - clothing, home, spiritual...."It guides you to discover the two profoundly descriptive words that capture your essence....The first word represents your foundation, your 80%. the second word is your creative edge - the 20% of your image that motivates and distinguishes you."

Style Statement by Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte
Once you get down to the most likely combination, you "try it on" and see if it fits into all aspects of your life in another series of prompts. There is a certain inner peace that happens when something fits so right. It became clear to me how useful it is - to prevent those disasterous clothing purchases at the very least!
I highly recommend the book and invite discussion here and on Facebook. I know you want to know my Style Statement.........

I am: 
Simple Harmony

What is your Style Statement?

A short note to let you know that I am deep into working on my book. I want to keep the artwork close to the vest, so it is fresh and inspiring. I will do my best to tease you with things in progress and I am also beginning work on 3 large paintings, so more to come! In the meantime...

 Peace and Harmony

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Ride of Life

Life is really a rollercoaster. You travel along doing your thing, planning and grinding up the hills working toward goals. Just when you hit the top the bottom drops out and you are swept up in what is happening right this minute. I am feeling a bit like that right now. I have had a health "glitch"  and am holding on and working to get things back to normal again.

The thing that has been the most remarkable for me, is the amazing nature and nurture of the TRIBE - all those folks you interact with day-to-day that rally around in a crisis and wrap you in their arms. Some folks you know really well and some who have that gift of empathy and are not afraid to open their arms to you, even if you are not close. I have found that most creative people are very in touch with their feelings and the feelings of others. I can only guess it is in our ability to express ourselves, no matter what medium we use, that makes it easier for us to spread the joy around.  I extremely grateful for this and for the ability to use my creativity as a safe place to go where all doubts and worry are banned.  Be proud that you are part of the TRIBE. 

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr.