|Lady Traveler, Steph Jordan|
Not me! You! It's about you! And why not? Because some people don't value Art as much as you do? Because some may not understand the type of Art you choose? Maybe there are those that think Art leads to no where. That it's just foolery. Really?
Over the past few years I've heard things like "I didn't sell a piece in over a year so I just quit" and "something happened and I decided I'm just not going to do Art anymore" or "people will laugh" I ask you in all seriousness...Who Cares?!
|Journal Page, Steph Jordan|
You may have heard me say before "Art is a Gift to yourself first, then others." Of course you have to feel excited about it, love about it, passion about it, before it gives you what you want. For example, I knew years ago when I started painting that selling paintings is a fickle line. Sometimes and for some people it can be fabulous. Their style appeals to many. For others, the right Collector or Art Lover hasn't come along yet. It doesn't mean you can't paint. Painting makes me happy and it's something I do to make it to that piece of my mind where no one lives but me. You know what I'm talking about. That space where when you get there you hear nothing, see nothing, want nothing, but to be at that peaceful space for as long as you can. Before the phone rings or the kids scream or whatever regular hectic life presents.
|Paradise, Steph Jordan|
There's got to be at least one thing you love to do that's all about you. Not giving yourself room to breath can be stalling, especially for Artists. If you get stuck in 'Block' not feeling 100% is not far behind. Am I right?
I personally believe once we let go and really say thank you to ourselves with something we love, goodness is next. Some of my best and fastest selling Art was created when I went in with no fear. No fear of messing it up, no fear of trying something new, no fear of what the Joneses will have to say about it!
|Time Passages with Beeswax, Steph Jordan|
That's what my workshop "Collage With Abandon" is all about. Collaging is not an exact science. Many people can write many things about it, but in the end, it's what you want and need and what looks and feels right about your creation to you that really counts. If not, and it's only about getting paid, it becomes something different. A chore. Like I said, do it with no fear. Goodness will follow!
If you challenge yourself at all when it comes to craft and product do this. Sit down with a few pieces of paper, some glue and a desire to clear your mind and creatively relax.
SEE! I Told You!