June 22, 2009

Latest Work

Artwork materials: acrylic paint, paper, stamps, fabric, Faber-Castell pen;

gift for my brother and sister-in-law

June 18, 2009

New Column: On the Creative Road

I find that I take lots of notes everywhere; sometimes I can't keep up with them. Keeping physical journals has never been something I have done. However, one of my goals is to start keeping physical visual journals.

For now, I am going to start a column titled "On the Creative Road..." This column will include interesting information that inspires me as I ride on the road to find my creative niche.

Today, I stumbled upon this phrase “we must create what we most need to find.” Sabrina Ward Harrison takes you to a place of honesty. Visit her website to see what I am talking about. So this is something I am thinking about at the moment. What do I "most need to find?" What an exciting search!

At the same time, I will keep creating and taking it all in.
Note: Over the weekend, I was reading a book about Russian-born artist Marc Chagall. There was a period when he painted scenes from Paris. I wanted to share this quote that directly relates to this post.: "my art needed Paris as much as a tree needs water." Beautiful!!

June 15, 2009

From Tourist to Resident

"Listen. Learn. Create." The theme song for Craftcast ends with these words. Craftcast connects artists and crafters from a distance. Alison Lee makes it happen. Alison shares her creative life, experiences, and connects artists and crafters, from rookies like me to professional artists. When I discovered her podcast and blog, I entered into a world I always hoped to be part of. A world surrounded by creativity and more creativity. I listened to Alison's inspiring thoughts and ideas; her love of jewerly and metal. I listened to other artists sharing their passion and art. I listened and listened and listened. I listened to some podcasts more than three times. Each time I listened I learned something; I took so many notes. Then I realized that I was listening and learning, but I wasn't creating even though Alison always motivates her listeners. I realize now that it was fear; I didn't know what I could do, should do, or wanted to do. I had to turn the corner; not knowing where it could lead me. I am not sure exactly what made me turn the corner. I think it was just listening to Alison's passion for not only other artists and their work, but her own art and creativity.
From simply being a tourist of creativity I went to being a resident of creativity. I am trying to live it!! I continue "to listen, learn, and CREATE." Craftcast is a place you will call home after you listen. Even though I don't know Alison personally, I feel like I do.
Although I have a full time job and I can't "create" full time, I have seen and felt changes in my life as I continue to learn about myself through my art and through other artists. I am enjoying myself so much right now. Thank you, Alison. There are people who come into our lives unexpectedly and help us turn the corner to something amazing---from tourist to resident of creativity.

June 12, 2009

On Creativity

What a great book I just finished re-reading. Fred Rogers' You are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor. Of course, Fred Rogers from the utterly popular PBS program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. There is quote from the book that has resonated with me more so now than ever.

"I've often hesitated in beginning a project because I've thought, "It'll never turn out to be even remotely like the good idea I have as I start." I could "just" feel how good it could be. But I decided, for the present, I would create the best way I know how and accept the ambiguities."

That is all I can do in the present with the art I am creating.

June 10, 2009

turn UP the Sound Button!

When I started this blog in April, I shared in my first post the reasons why started the blog and the choice of title. I decided to create a button mainly to learn how to do one. Secondly, to share the satisfaction I feel right now as I create and find my style. Talk about turning up the sound. Listen and watch the video by Subway Fit to Boom: Art of Life. I'll try that too....select a piece of music, turn UP the Sound, and create! Come back and see how I am trying to turn Up the Sound! I would love to hear how you might be turning Up the Sound in your creative life.

June 7, 2009

In the Studio

Magical time! I have been experimenting with paints, textures, and techniques these last two evenings. Enjoyed every second of the process. Creating painting chips are a great way for me to learn and see what I like. Also, they will eventually become part of my "studio" decor. More about my "studio" later. Enjoy.

June 4, 2009

My Birthday Present

Happy Birthday to me on June 9th. I normally don't wish myself a Happy Birthday neither write a post about it. However, I have given myself a present. The present is the wonderful feeling I felt as I handmade a doll for a child in Nicaragua. Making something for someone else fills my cup completely. My doll doesn't look anything like the beautiful dolls already submitted. However, I hope that it will be a joy for a child. It was part of a project I joined several weeks ago when I discovered Craft Hope. Their banner best describes their mission: "spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time." They are currently taking donations of handmade dolls for children in Casa Bernabe which is an orphanage in Nicaragua. Please visit their website to find out more about this wonderful organization and the projects. Maybe you will be inspired to participate in the next project. Happy Birthday to me!

June 3, 2009

New item on Etsy

As promised, I just listed my second item in my Etsy shop titled "Joy in Three Languages."

Etsy Shop--Yes!!!!

Announcing the opening of my new online shop on Etsy. I have listed this one item. Exciting! It is called "Love in Three Languages." The inspiration for this collage came because my husband and I want our son to be at least trilingual: English, Spanish, and Korean (I hope to learn some Korean as well :-). I'll be sharing and listing the second one I am currently working on soon. I have noticed in my art that I enjoy some messiness. How do I feel about this piece? Fun, Fun, and more Fun.

Time for bed. How am I supposed to go to sleep with all this excitement? More creating tomorrow!!!!!

(7/27/09) Update on this item: I removed this first item (Love in Three Languages) from my Etsy shop for the time being; I will offer it again later on. For now, enjoy a glimpse of this piece).

How do I feel about my art?

This is a question I have been asking myself for several weeks. Create. Create. Create. That is my goal; that is how I am going to find out what kind of artist I am, what I enjoy, and ultimately be able to answer how I feel about my art. Feeling confident about the creations I make is one of my goals. The feeling I get when creating is AWESOME; I know many of you feel the same way. My approach right now is "no excuses." I don't have a "studio": use the kitchen table; I don't have time: find time. Thank you for stopping by; come back! I would love to hear from you.