Running a little late this week- I was out traipsing through the woods with some friends this morning. We had a nice walk in the woods despite the snow, the cold and the wind. This week I discovered that my kindle can bookmark and highlight and store these points of interest in a place called my clippings. I guess if I had read the directions I would know all these things. Directions always seem like too much work! Enough of the gabbing let’s get back to the blogging ;).
Since I last wrote I have finished The War of Art and read Do the Work-(both by Steven Pressfield) and another book called Steal Like and Artist:10 Things Nobody Told You About Being An Creative by Austin Kleon. I cannot wait to talk about stealing like an artist but last week I left you at the second part of the book The War of Art and interestingly enough I have faced LOADS of resistance this week. I have barely created a thing this week, every time I thought I might create I thought my self right out of it…my knee hurts, I am too tired blah- blah- blah. The second part of the book is about combating resistance or a notion Steven calls turning pro. Resistance has a nemesis and it is professionalism! The author talks about the “Principle of Priority which states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important and (b) you must do what is important first.” This week I have been tending to the “urgent” for sure! Steven professes that an artist signs on for a life of misery. That we “will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.” We have to know how to love those things because this is war and war is hell.I am not sure about this notion of a life of misery. I can understand what he is trying to say and perhaps, because I am still an amateur, I am naïve? I think if we are doing what we love that maybe that diet he talks about won’t taste so bad? He then goes on to discuss what he means by professionalism. A few of the topics he writes about are; show up every day-no matter what, stay on the job, commit over the long haul, the stakes are high and real, accept remunerations labor, and do not over identify with the work. Professionals also master the techniques, have a sense of humor and receive praise or blame in the real world. Steven claims that while professionals accept money for work they do “to labor in the arts for any reason other than love is prostitution”. We must do the work of a love for it. A professional is patient, orderly and acts in the face of fear. Pressfield makes many points to think about and some I am sure I do not yet understand. This is the kind of book that will change as I change and each time a read it will get a different take on it. Next week I will finish up reviewing this book – the third section is titled Beyond Resistance The Higher Realm .
This week I did not paint the live model (week 13). I worked on creating a large crane- first I made a large square piece of paper. The square started out to as a 6’8″ panel and I ended up with a wing span of just about 5 ‘ and the head is not quite 30″ high. I had to put a dowel through the wings to hold them up. You should have seen me trying to make those first few folds. To make a crane you have to “premark” the paper by folding and un folding about ten times -then you begin to make the actual fold! This crane is to advertise an art show that is going to be held at The Newport Library Arts Center in October 2016. The theme of the show is Voices and Visions-EmpowerMEnt Through Art. One of the group installation’s will involve origami cranes. I am also working on a couple of pieces I hope will make it into to show.
I did have a good week on other fronts- I sold 3 paintings and spent a little time with another creative person discussing life. The paintings were 3 of my favorites(see below).I was glad to see them go to someone so kind. She is giving one to her brother who lives in CA-so exciting. I wonder does that make me a nationwide artist? Tee-Hee!
Peace- Out til’ next week- Bec