Passions of an Odd Chick

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bloomin away over here!

If you're following this journey and so many of you generous souls are - this is No. 8. I think I'll name the series: "She Speaks For Herself".
I felt like I had a lot of big sisters who flew to my rescue when you found out I had taken some negative comments. Thank you so much for the wise words and encouragement. I go back and read each comment again and again to pull out the treasures left there.
I'm sure the fear (that I'm not good enough) will come back - that's the way it is with creative work. I totally recommend Art &Fear. You can buy it used for around $5.00 and it will be the best tool in your art box.
I love this paragraph from the book regarding fears about ourselves as artists and how we fear that we just don't have that "magic" element you see in other artist's work that you admire or that we don't have any real talent:
Admittedly, artmaking probably does require something special, but just what that something might be has remained remarkably elusive- elusive enough to suggest that it may be something particular to each artist, rather than universal to them all.  The important point here is not that you have or don't have- what other artists have, but rather that it doesn't matter. Whatever they have is something needed to do their work- it wouldn't help you in your work even if you had it. Their magic is theirs. You don't lack it. You don't need it. I has nothing to do with you. Period.      
So my work is being laboriously nurtured and somewhere along the line, as long as I'm not waiting for perfection, my real "magic" is going to emerge along the journey.  I'm good enough- today. I hope you feel the same way about your creative life.
I sent my first 7 girls to a professional printer to be scanned properly and to find out what cards will cost me. But GE--willies, I have to buy 100 to get a good price.
I'm also thinking about making some glass pendants too.

I took 3 girls to have them matted. WOW! I did not realize how much it cost to double matt with 4 inch matt on foamboard! (probably around $50.00 a piece) She said she would give me a discount because I was bringing her several. I know I should learn this process myself, but it looks sloppy when I do it so far.
I'm trying to keep it simple. This is fun, light-hearted art and shouldn't be taken too seriously. But it does deserve a fun, light-hearted setting to shine in. I have several places in mind and I will present by priority until I receive an acceptance. I'll keep you posted.

14 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh I want to get hold of anyone saying anything negative to you....Don't you dare listen...

I have said this before about a favoriate one but I love this one....I love her face, I love the flowers for her hair, I love the colors, and the words.....This one speaks to me...maybe it's because I am learning to speak for myself.......maybe I'll have to buy her....if you don' sell her in
a group...let me know.....

Girlfriend, you will sell the cards...I don't think you need to worry about that number....and the pendants will be great too....

You are beginning to emerge and look out Here YOU Come......

Hugs

Rebecca Anthony said...

WOWZA!!!!! Is that a word?! It's amazing Peggy, you're on such a roll cranking these babies out and each and every one of them are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Keep it up(O:

NatashaMay said...

Beautiful! Love the flowers on her head. I know what you mean. I've put my prints on hold for now cause I don't have a printer to do it myself and to do it professionaly it costs too much. I haven't even gotten to the matting part. :)

Kre8ive Life said...

She is beautiful. Keep living your Kre8ive Life. It takes courage and persistance to be your true self and walk the road that was purposed for you.

Nika said...

Hello, I am in love with your blog. The images are fantastic. I long to know Greece, congratulations on your beautiful journey! With love, Nika.
ps: Sorry that my English ...

Lori said...

I think your paintings are beautiful and can't wait to see the rest of the series. Off to explore more. :)

Joji said...

Oh! this painting really has a voice...You keep going, your art is truly a beautiful expression. I love the quote from "Art and Fear"

Buffy said...

Ok this one is my new favorite! Love her. I don't know where you live but I went to staples and got prints made for 2$. They came out better then the originals bacause of the colors. And then I put them on wood. I painted the wood all around so they look like canvases. Altogether I think it cost about 6$.I just couldnt afford to do it the other way. I know staples will make cards too. Hope this helps alittle.

Jeanne Nelson said...

I absolutely ADORE this one! The words provide a wonderful message, and are portrayed very nicely with all the flowers sprouting out of her head ~~ beautiful flowers, too! I love the quote from the book; wonderful wisdom, that I needed today. We DO have what we need! Can't wait to see your next creation, Peggy! Your work is very inspiring, just as you are, to me. Happy Day and Creating!

Bren said...

You go girl! So glad that you weren't derailed from the journey your on by negativity. This new piece is great, captures the essence of nourish our minds really well. So keep practicing mounting and matting, but I can't wait to see how those 4" matts are going to look.
And thanks for the heads up on the book, I ordered it :-)

Louise Gale said...

I love this lady too. I cant wait to see them all side by side. AND yes getting your work scanned is fab. woohoo xx

Poetic Artist said...

Who could be negative about beautiful creation and women who are all strong even though we do not realize it in our self..
My dear sister friend..You keep your dream alive..I have faith in you and so you Kick A.. LOL.
Maybe I should not say that..but I did.
Katelen

Jennifer Richardson said...

Inspired I am!
I love what you're creating
...and I love the aliveness in the sparks that are coming from your walk through fear.
They are melting some of the fear off of me.....and I bet it's not just me!!!
Your journey is making waves that are splashing the rest of us!
Ebullient waves that dare my heart to risk and leap and laugh out loud when I'm shushed.
That's not a bad day's work, friend:)
-Jennifer

DJ said...

Hugs, hugs, hugs!