Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Clearing


my purging pile
So, even though my little guy was home sick with a bad bug I did manage to get some things done. I went thru the living and dining room and cleared it of miscellaneous paperwork and random bits that seem to have made a home there. I even have small pieces of furniture that will be making their way out. I don't like dealing with Craigslist so I will probably just take them to the Goodwill. The rooms won't be done until I get that stuff out of here.

It feels so good to rid myself of all that extra stuff that just hangs around. It gets to this point where this extra stuff just blends in with the rest of it. That is when I start seeing everything as one big cluttered mess and not individual pieces of a mess. Most of the "things" that accumulate are not necessary. We don't need them for anything, they are just there. My next room will be the kitchen. That is going to be a big job. I don't really know what I will do with all those things that I only use a couple times of year. I have pretty good storage in there so hopefully they can all go someplace.

The goal with all of this clearing is not just to have a cleaner, neater house. It is also to take away most of my excuses for not going out in the studio to work. I feel guilty when I go out there and the house is a mess (which is pretty often). It just feels messy with all that clutter and furniture around. So, I am clearing some space to let me have my own time.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring cleaning....


I have been away for a bit and neglected my blog. I spent some time at Josh's dad's houseboat which was very relaxing. Then I was able to go to the beach (the kids and I ) with my friend Serena and her kids. I feel really inspired. I spent some time out in my studio yesterday and even went and picked up some new paints that I needed. All in all I am feeling pretty good.
I unfortunately also happen to have a mess of a house. You know that feeling when you just have too much stuff and it just weighs on you. That is about how I feel. I need to start my spring cleaning, but I don't know where to start. I am a pile maker. I like to make piles of things, but then I have to sort the piles eventually. That is when I run into trouble. My house is full of piles of stuff I probably don't need. The trick is for me to sit down and sort. There are piles of shoes, clothes, papers from school, bills, BOOKS (that's a big one). I know you are supposed to sit and break it all down into a manageable size and all that, but that just seems like so much work! I really just want it all done right now. I think that is the crux of the problem. I usually start working on too many things at once and then get overwhelmed and am half done with all of it. Then the piles grow again and the process starts all over. There has to be a better way for me to get this stuff done. I think I need one of those professional organizers to come in and do it for me. I can't imagine how much stuff I could get rid of then. It sounds wonderful. Why is it so hard to get rid of stuff?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Blog Inspiration


So I just finished reading this AWESOME Book. It's called No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for your Blog By Margaret Mason. I loved it. It has (obliviously) 100 different ideas for blog writing. They are separated into categories based on how much time you actually have to write. I am so inspired. I thought every idea was a great one. I don't think I could write about each and every one, but many of them made me want to try. I HIGHLY recommend checking this book out for all you blog writers. You may have a million blog writing ideas already (lucky you) but when you hit the ditch these are great.
On a different note, it's pouring down rain here and the idea of walking the 15 feet to my studio sound like a trek up the Himalayas. I really need to invest in some insulation and some heat. I do have some serious motivation though. I am participating in two new challenges from Art House Co-op. The 10,000 word project which will be a bit of a challenge. My word is Chair. Now there are the oblivious ways of interpreting that, but I want to think of something different. I will keep you posted if I accomplish that. Any ideas are welcome. Please!
The next project is really fun too. They sent me 5 3x3 canvases and 5 words for inspiration. Those words I am not going to share until I post the canvases. It's going to end up being published in a book which is pretty cool. It's called the The Canvas Project 2 the canvases will be set-up at The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Pretty cool stuff. I am excited. I have already started on one of the canvases. I think I might try to use some of the transfer ideas from the book I posted about in my last post. I look forward to posting the results soon.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Black, White and red...


For some reason I have been really drawn to Black, White and Red lately. They don't really remind me of spring colors so I am not sure...
I finished my piece. It is so funny because there is really nothing to it. It took me forever to do this, and it turns out to be a VERY simple little piece. I think I just wanted something that reflected how I want things to be. Simple. That is what I like about those three colors. They are simple. Now that I think about it, those are basically the colors of my living room. Hmm...

Today is a beautiful day. It is sunny and feels warm. I made it out to the studio to finish this piece and to start work on some others. Right now I am just waiting for some paint to dry. That is always the worst part for me, but today I am using that time to figure out what I want to do with my next piece. Maybe it will be as simple as this one. Not sure yet..

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Process...


I have been working on something for the last week or so. That is different for me. I usually come up with some idea as I work and then ta-da there it is. This one I am taking my time on. It feels good. I am constantly thinking about what I might want to do, but this time I am not just doing it. I really want to think about what I want the piece to represent. I haven't decided what that will be yet. I also bought this book on image transfers that I am finding really interesting. I haven't had a whole lot of luck with good transfers using different Mediums so I am curious to see how I do. Again though, I am taking my time. I am learning to slow down and enjoy the process. I am so curious as to how all of this will turn out. It's all unknown to me.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Inspiration...




Looking over my previous blog posts I realize that I have been pretty negative. Bummer. So, I have decided I would like to change directions a little. At least try to be more positive. I realized that I was complaining a lot when I was whining yesterday to my husband about not knowing what to do. Do I go sew on my new sewing machine? Or do I go out to my (very own) studio and paint? I was complaining. I am so embarrassed to say that. I am a very lucky person to have all of these AMAZING creative tools at my disposal. I live on a budget, but I allow myself a fair amount of leeway when it comes to art supplies of any kind.
Yesterday I chose to sew. I had a blast. I love my new machine and I actually used up a bunch of scraps that I had laying around. That was fun. My daughter got a new little cinch bag out of it so she was happy.
Today I went and painted. I didn't have a lot of time, but I did get out to the studio. I was able to have the doors wide open. The sun was out and it was warm. At least warmer than it has been. It was great. I didn't finish a piece, but I made a good start and will have a picture when it is done.

I hope the weather or your family etc.. inspired you today.