Passions of an Odd Chick

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm just feeling so much blog love right now. Where would I be without the blogs and art sites that I can visit right from my little ole desk? It constantly amazes me. But more than that, it feeds me. Literally. My mind craves and hungers for art. It's like music and nature and love to me. It must be a part of my everyday, walking around life.

I'm sure many of you have been following 30 Journals 30 Days . If not, you are in for a absolute treat. Within those blog post and interviews were reminders to me that I can't fail, that I have to let go.

Ahhhhhhhh.......letting......... goooooooooo. I do Yoga to let go and I do art to let go. It sounds so cliche "letting go" but letting my mind spill out (not my mouth)- letting my creative dreams have a new birth outside myself. It's a silent revolution in my soul's deepest heart. (can you tell I struggle for the words?) while I silence my critic that chases me around and tells me to hold tight, expect failure and mediocrity.

It's still true that my art bounces around everywhere- that I haven't found my style, my own niche. But I'm okay with that. Really. It's too soon still. That would be like a child who wants to know what they will be when they grow up. The truth is.. I've never known where I was going. For instance, if someone would have told me that I would fall in love with learning to ride dirt bikes when I turned 50, I would have laughed at the ridiculous idea. But here I am - with my grandson-having the time of my life!

So I'm just growing up. I take a new trail pretty often and I'm enjoying the scenery.

I'm using a lot more tools these days, less rules. Lots of paper. Lots of instinctive-gut-stuff. Using the Internet and books for inspiration. The main thing is: I really get that if I don't like a drawing or a painting- I just haven't finished it yet.

I'm learning the same acceptance for myself.

I'm so happy that I wake up everyday with another new chance to grow toward up.


DJ said...

I'm LOVING your journal pages, girlfriend!
Don't worry about "style" or describing your art...just create; leave the descriptions up to your fans who love you.

{Hint: I'm one!}

Be safe on that bike, kid!
Happy Weekend ~

Anonymous said...

How cool are you on that dirt bike?!

Love all your drawings


Marilyn Rock said...

First off; thank you for leaving your lovely comment on my Blog and paying me a visit. I'm glad you did as it led me here to yours! I so love your Blog - your art and words are a wonderful marriage of positive vibes, how to live life, and I'm so inspired! I will be back often! PS Love your drawings! Best to you! Marilyn

Rebecca Anthony said...

Your journal pages are inspiring!

simplyred said...

As my husband loves to remind me, you have to grow old but you don't have to grow up.

Thanks for your blog, it always gives me a smile.

Gypsy Gold Studio

susan said...

Great work and a very pretty blog you have here. You're tempting me to shop for a dirt bike.

Poetic Artist said...

I love the things you do, no matter what style..They all belong to you..Thanks for your comments on my blog.. I have been in the dark forrest of life.. Do not want to share all that on a comment..LOL.
Take care,

Buffy said...

Wheres your helmet?LOL. I love all your pages.So beautiful and inspiring.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I am trying so hard to remind myself not to rush the process or worry about the end result yet. I'm not good at being a child or a beginner, but I'm trying.

I just started reading a novel that I'm loving. You might relate to it too. It's called The Forest Lover and it's a historical novel about a real woman painter named Emily Carr, who did amazing paintings of the forest and native artifacts, especially totem poles, in British Columbia. What made me think to mention it is that she studied for years before she found her style and her own subject.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I like your take on giving yourself time to figure out your style of art. I'm kind of there too. Your art is beautiful by the way.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment. It blessed my socks off to meet someone new. I'm going to follow you so that I can continue coming back to learn more.

It's nice to meet you.

Lee Ann

NatashaMay said...

Love all of these pages. Elephant is my favorite though. And I know what you mean about blogs. I feel like my life began when I found blogs. :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work. All of your work is so pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love all that you do and think you are amazingly talented. I love your blog and journal pages! I just love your style!

Mary said...

oh, love, love this!!!

Mary said...

okay, I went back and re-read this post!!

Honey enjoy the freedom to explore!!!

Emily Eryn said...

Your art is intense. I'm in love.

Joy said...

I just love the page with the Elephant on he is so
wish he was mine