Monday, October 01, 2007

My September ta da list...

Almost every month, as I write this list of creative accomplishments for myself, I am usually surprised at the length of the list when I get done -- proof that I need this monthly reminder that I am moving forward creatively -- even if the progress is slow at times. Well, this month the list was almost non-existent until Saturday, but fortunately I was able to dive back in over the weekend, ignoring dustbunnies and piles of unfolded laundry in pursuit of art...

So this month, I...
Read 1,000 days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi (true story, wonderful - colorful - visual);
Made ATCs for monthly swap (the theme was favorite foods - mine is takeout chinese, so I made miniature place settings complete with chopsticks - unfortunately they do not photograph well at all, so I am not featuring them here);
Worked with my event planner friend to design the program for a fundraising luncheon;
Refreshed my polymer clay skills to teach a fall class using polymer clay tiles to make bracelets;
Found some little polymer clay faces I made a year ago and turned them into a Christmas ornament project (I'll show them here closer to the holidays);
made a pot of tortellini and white bean soup w sausage (yum, I love soup-making when the weather gets cool)!!;
Started painting - Here is my first attempt at acrylics on canvas with no collage - just my primitive style and a rubber stamp to add texture - I've had a major urge to paint lately, so I am going to run with it. I am not at all happy with the results -- too messy, primitive, not enough facial shading -- but that's why I am bravely sharing it. I hope that each attempt shows improvement and that I can see progress at the end of the month;

and finally, this curious discovery...
Over labor day weeiekd I had finally moved into the larger, brighter spare bedroom that I've coveted for the past three years, but something was wrong. I could not pinpoint it, but the room felt "off" and it wasn't inviting me, in spite of the fact that I've wanted to be in this larger, light-filled space for such a long time. This weekend, I finally had time to actually sit down and create, and within the first hour, I figured it out. My art table was in a left-hand corner. This may sound ridiculous and trivial, but I am left-handed, and not at all dainty in my movements, and my movements were just too constricted (or my mind was) with my table in this placement. I need to have my left side 'open.' It's amazing that this has never occurred to me before, as I've been re-arranging my art spaces for years, but I think that by some coincidence, I always made sure that my table was open on the left until now. So a quick turn of the table onto an opposite wall, and I could move!!! Of course, now my back is to the door, which I think violates some basic feng shui principle, (right Sisser?) but I can counteract the bad chi with a mirror or something.

6 comments:

Miss*Laurence said...

I can't imagine that Feng Shui would let the energy in only to contrive your creativity in the wrong corner! I'd love to see your new studio1

DEW said...

Welcome to a brave new world!! Keep up with the painting and please continue to share it!! Remember - you aren't going to like it - you are operating way outside your comfort zone but that is the only way to truly grow. Take it from someone who consistently doesn't "like" what she does at first.

Forget feng shui - all the cowboys, rough necks and international spies will tell you that you should ALWAYS keep your back to the wall and face the door so no one can sneak up on you when you're not looking! So I'd worry about your inner critic (or crazy maker) sneaking up behind you :) XOX

Cindy Dean said...

Isn't it funny how you come up with a great plan for a room and then it doesn't feel right!? Mirrors will work for your Chi...

Figaro said...

I agree with dew... always face the door! Trust nobody!

As for turning to your "Sisser" for Feng Shui advice... I'd be careful... she'll come over and paint all of your wicker furniture red!

Nancy Bea said...

I enjoyed One thousand Days in Venice too! We are sure alike in many ways.

As for the bad feng-shui, it's worse feng-shui of you are cramped in your movements. Just put a small round mirror (buy a cheap compact and prop it open?) on your drafting table where it can face the door. And maybe put a plant on the floor next to the door, something tall and frondy, as a "guardian".

Liz Ness said...

Congratulations on the new space and your amazing Ta Da list! You are so amazingly creative! (Oops...just violated some amazing rule with using amazing so much...but, when an amazing word fits...well...!)

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