My New Shop!

Hello Friends! It’s still been crazy busy, but I’ve been having a ton of fun. It’s long overdue, so I finally gave my online shop an overhaul and major redesign. It’s still a work in progress as I haven’t gotten all the artwork for sale that I want to post up yet. But it’s getting there. 

Take a look and let me know what you think.

And I’ve got a secret… except now it’s not a secret. I’m working on my first ever Black Friday sale. There will be discounts on my online classes and digital publications that will only ever be this good on Black Friday sales. I haven’t quite decided what else to put on sale. There is only one little catch.

The coupon codes will only go out to subscribers of my newsletter

Lyric’s Lyricisms 

If you’re not on the list, I’m told it’s worth it. I send out a monthly inspirational essay, encouraging my readers in their artistic endeavors. It also contains each month’s Calls for Entry for shows that feature Art Quilts. You never know when just the right opportunity is going to come your way. Will you be ready for it? I hope so – otherwise I’m not doing my job here well enough. You can do this!!!

Lyric’s Lyricisms: Art and Kung Fu

The following is an excerpt from June’s Lyric’s Lyricisms Newsletter. If you like what you see you can subscribe via the link on the top right of this blog. The newsletter also includes a list of entry dates for shows that accept art quilts.
 

There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
Kenneth Blanchard 

The master teaches. I’ve been having tendon trouble for a year now. Walking is painful. I’ve been to the doctor and physical therapist. They did their thing but it hasn’t been very successful. Then I found “The Body Mechanic.” He’s got me convinced that we can make it go away. The key word? WE! During treatment he helps me to stretch the tendons. Then he finds the points of inflammation, presses them painfully and doesn’t let up until I’m able to actively relax (opposites – I know!) the area. The pain lessens dramatically. Then he massages the area to move whatever gunk is in there – out. He’s also given me a regimen to work through daily on my own and let me know that it’s up to ME to do it long enough and consistently enough to have positive results. His work is a necessary part of the process now, but with practice and commitment I will be able to continue the process on my own and beat this thing. I am already seeing positive results. He told me today that the word “kung fu” refers to any skill achieved through hard work and practice.

Find someone who teaches you how to grow, even when they are not present. 

Talent will not always find its way but commitment will.
Nancy Crow


Now it’s up to you. What does this have to do with your art? It occurred to me that often we need a Kung Fu master: a mentor who is willing to help us do the hard work. The best teachers will be generous with everything they know. They show you then guide you through each process, helping you to make it your own. They are not afraid to let you fumble but will also encourage you to to get back up and try it again. They know that it is the patient repetition and analysis of the process that will help you to achieve mastery. They know that once they have given you everything they can it is entirely up to you to implement the regimen and achieve mastery in your own way. Remember, Kung Fu applies to any study, learning or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. (You might enjoy this wikipedia entry on Kung-Fu)

What are you committed to?
What daily practice will help you achieve mastery?

Lyric’s Lyricisms: the discipline of play

The following is an excerpt from April’s Lyric’s Lyricisms Newsletter. If you like what you see you can subscribe via the link on the top right of this blog. The newsletter also includes a list of entry dates for shows that accept art quilts.

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The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.
~William Arthur Ward~

It’s spring here – sort of. The daffodils are almost done blooming but the temperatures haven’t warmed up enough for the farmers in the area to put seeds in the ground. They are a full two weeks behind schedule. I seem to run that way most of the time – a full two weeks behind schedule when it comes to the artwork I want to make for myself. If there is a deadline involved however, I manage to get things done, even if I do run it up to the very last minute. I need to learn some discipline. I want to be able to get things done for myself with no deadline at all.

This month I am going to try out a time honored method known by mothers everywhere – the star chart. I’l give myself a star for each 15 minutes of productive studio time and figure out a reward at the end of each week. Because I know how crazy my calendar is, 15 minutes is a realistic and achievable daily goal.

What achievable daily goal will help you gain the discipline your art most needs?

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.
~Abraham Maslow~

Even with discipline involved, I’ll start each studio session with play time. A doodled sketch, some random piecework, little compositional studies. Even when all you have is 15  minutes it is vitally important to play. Taking a few minutes to set parameters and explore an idea can open up some very wonderful creative pathways in your brain. Athletes know that a warm-up gets your body ready for a peak performance, waking and warming up muscles that have been at rest, getting them ready for the work ahead. A warm up for your creative muscles will help you reach a peak performance with your artwork.

What is your favorite creative warm up?

~Lyric

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