I started this morning by placing a purple glow stick around my wrist as a reminder that I have the strength to make it through the day, finishing everything that needed to be done. So I created this fantasy that the glow stick would instill in me the superhuman powers necessary. I would have liked to say that it helped… maybe next week I will try using the cape as well.
This week has been all about learning balance… the lack of balance and how I made it through without completely freaking out. Here are a few things that made for an interesting and challenging week.
1.) My website seemed to have take on its own special “craziness”. The site reorganized itself, changed colors, fonts and made some things just vanish. I had my own personal online poltergeist. (Things are better now…deep breathing)
2.) My desk in my studio decided to collapse last night while I was doing some artwork (was this perhaps the universe telling me I needed to clean off my desk? Hmmm maybe). New desk today, fewer projects stacked on the desk.
Although several other crash and burn moments happened … lets visit the other end of this spectrum… the good things. I have many new and wonderful items on my plate of possibilities that are slowing coming into fruition. I will keep you posted as things move forward but as a teaser.
1.) There will soon be a video uploaded on my website about calligraphy.
2.) An “article” about me the “Artist” in the near future…
Now back to that thing I call balance, or at least the ebb and flow and the ever-changing space between. One of the things that I try to do as often as I can, as an artist is to push my comfort levels to see what I can learn from the experience and how it affects me.
In most of my workdays, whether it is my day job or time in the studio. I am alone for the most part, which helps me focus. But unfortunately it also can become very lonely. The internal conversations are only satisfying for so long before they lose their charm. So my solution, I have started to take myself on little field trips to different galleries and other “art” venues on the north side. Just to get myself immersed in the environments and to help me be more confident and relaxed while discussing my art with people.
My goal for each week is to add a new item to my list to help me grow as an artist and as a human being.
I liked the image below (scroll down) and wanted to share it with you because I think carries a great message. Its original purpose is a symbol for recycling. Which I am very passionate about but today it also has a different significance.
During the course of a day we are all exposed to millions of things: conversations, images, smells, stress and numerous things that we absorb without knowing. These affect us in countless ways, both good and bad. We process all of this information and we recycle it into what we present to the world. At this point we have the opportunity to take all that we take in and to do good with it make it something new, positive and inspiring for others.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi