Share Art

While writing down my goals for 2010 I realized there was a recurring theme, ‘Share Art’. Every goal was about sharing art in some way. It’s been the emerging theme from my journal pages, the voice of my muse.

When your muse is speaking it’s wise to listen. I have several ‘Share Art’ projects in the works and hope to add several more venues in the near future.

First on my list for today is ‘Hearts for Haiti’ an Etsy Shop opened to allow artists to share their work, all proceeds go to Haiti relief efforts, while artists donate work and pay for worldwide shipping. ‘Heart of Hearts’ is my donation. A 16×20 mixed media canvas. Pass the word around about this shop and let’s share art and raise money to help the horrible situation in Haiti.

I’d also like to Share Art with one of my blog readers! I just reached 300 followers and haven’t had a GIVEAWAY for awhile, so this seems like a great time! I’m going to giveaway an ONLINE WORKSHOP! Your choice of the three I have open right now, VISUAL JOURNALISM 101, SHADES OF GREY, or PURSUING PORTRAITS. If you have already taken all three, please still sign up and I’ll give you a $40 gift certificate for my Etsy Print Shop! And just to keep things fun, if we reach 100 entrants, I’ll up the giveaway to include two winners!!

So please encourage others to share in this giveaway, post on your blog, tweet, facebook, whatever way you want and help me to Share Art! Giveaway will end January 24th at 12:00pm, all you have to do is comment on this post~

Crescendo

I’m sure many of you have heard the news that Jenny Doh, Editor in Chief of Stampington, has started a new venture, Crescendoh . She has left the reigns in Christen Olivarez’s capable hands and come March 1st Crescendoh will make it’s debut.

Many, many artists will be sharing their ‘Art Saves’ stories to inspire all. I’ve been invited to be a guest curator in June, sharing my story and bringing new art inspiration in from many sources every day for a week.

Although it’s debut is still a little ways off, you can sign up for announcements to be sure not to miss a thing!

Be sure to listen to Jenny’s interview on blogspot radio.

Resolutions

By now we’ve pretty much rung the New Year in. Waking up late, relaxing and just enjoying the last holiday of the season is all that this day requires, except for those pesky New Years Resolutions.

Everyone has different feelings on whether to make them or not. I myself have made them or not at various times in my life. As I get older I value the extra push they give me that helps drive me towards accomplishing my goals and towards becoming a better person.

It’s also a great time to look back on the resolutions made last year. Seeing things you’ve accomplished and those you’re still working on, motivates and inspires you to continue your journey.

It’s been a busy, family filled holiday season and tomorrow the Christmas decorations will be coming down, getting carefully packed away for next year and the house will get a shiny New Year cleaning. Come Monday my kids will either be in their own home, or back in school and I will be buried in my studio working on finishing my goal for last year, getting a book published. Some goals (dreams) take more than one year to accomplish but that shouldn’t stop us from going after them! Dream BIG in 2010.

Share Art

It’s hard to believe it is the eve of Christmas Eve. This past year has been a whirlwind of amazing things both in my home and my art life. I’m continually in awe of the blessings I’ve been given.

The life lesson that I keep learning over and over is ‘Change’. Nothing stays the same forever.

One thing that hasn’t changed in my life is my love for art. Art has seen me through the ups and downs and pulled me through some really rotten times.

Art nurtured me through a tough marriage and bloomed with the support of my second husband. It has grown more than I ever dared to dream through sharing.

Sharing your art, putting it ‘out there’ can be a scary thing, but it is through sharing it that we truly reach our creative potential.

I would like to encourage you all to find ways to share your passion for art in the year 2010. It can be as simple as a homemade card for a friend, or as big as sending your work in for publication, or maybe teaching a class to some children, even sharing it on your blog; whatever it is, is not as important as the act of doing it. We create because it’s who we are, but if we keep it hidden we aren’t showing others who we truly are.

We love art.
We need to create.
We are Artists.
Share Art

My DH shared his Christmas Miracle on his blog and it makes me realize how much we all affect each other.

Art at the Speed of Life, The Book

The past two years have been an amazing transition from SAHM who loves art to Art as my career. For the 20+ years prior, art was my hobby, always there, always cherished, but not my ‘day job’. This has changed over the last couple of years as I started to take some baby steps out into the the world of publication.

The start was a simple list of goals and dreams in my Art Journal. These were my ‘secret’ dreams and I did not know if they were possible, but I did know that if I didn’t at least try they would always just be a dream.
So I sent a piece in to a magazine.
It was sent back a couple of months later.
I sent in another piece.
It was sent back a couple of months later.
This is where I could have given up.
But something inside of me was determined and I sent in three pieces.
These were published!
This was the start of an exciting ride of publications, teaching opportunities and now the realization of my heart of arts deepest desire,
the publication of my book,

Art at the Speed of Life

I’ve been working and reworking this book idea since last December. I’ve learned so much in the process. Looking back I realize that the timing was not right until now. Like everything else, there is much growth in the journey. It is the journey, not the accomplishments, that make us who we are.

I would like to invite all of you, my family, friends, and fellow bloggers to share the journey of ‘Art at the Speed of Life’ on my new blog. I will share the ups and downs of the road the book will travel.
I will share in the hopes that it will help and encourage some of you on your own journey and to help me learn and grow as much as possible along the way.
I hope to see you over there to follow along with the books progress,
xoxo