Life As An Artist

Artists of the world, I appreciate you!  What a job we have. We create from our passionate hearts and then our creations are rejected. Still we continue to create.. It’s in our blood. It’s in our DNA. If we don’t do it, we get cranky and frustrated.

We may take a vacation, but creativity goes with us. Colors sing to us. Lines, shapes, ideas..they follow us…sometimes they holler at us to take notice.  

One time I was riding home in the car from a trip to the mountains. My husband was driving. I had my sketchbook on my lap and a magazine on top of that. Ideas began flowing as I flipped through the pages of the magazine and made notes in my sketchbook. From there, more ideas came. Without a word spoken in the quiet car, my mind was ablaze with activity. 

I stopped. I looked over at my husband. I asked him what he was thinking about. He said, “Nothing, I’m driving”.  I chuckled and told him he would be freaked out if he could get in my brain at that moment in time. Hahaha!  

It’s a gift to hold the creative gene. To see ideas flow from the viewing of a sunset or a passing snail. To be inspired by looking at an old piece of barn wood, a bolt of fabric, a skein of soft yarn, a tube of red paint, a song on the radio …etc. oh what a life we lead. 

My dream for all artists is that we find our way and create what we were meant to create to make the world a brighter and happier place. Will your art speak? Will it have a voice in the life of someone who needs encouragement, will it make a baby smile or a grandparent shed a tear as it touches their heart? Will it boost a spirit? Will it change a life? I hope so. Keep going! Keep creating. You are amazing! Sing your song! Have fun!!!

Ideas!

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Life for the artist is a continual collection of ideas.  Those ideas generate new work. It’s a fun process.

Ideas come from so many sources.  Books, movies, fabrics, nature, magazines, paintings, dreams and more. Sometimes they simply drop out of the sky into my thoughts.  I love good ideas.  They are scrumptious morsels to feast on.  I have some waiting for me now.

 

 

Happy Toosday!

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And why am I happy?  The “flu” flew by in record time.  One day in bed is enough for this happy camper. It’s back to the studio!

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Over the weekend I attended the Picture Book Summit in the privacy of my studio!  I joined more than 300 other authors and illustrators. What fun!  We listened to advice from all the experts from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm!  Barely enough time for lunch and potty breaks but well worth the time. There is already talk of another one next year.  If you are an author or illustrator I highly recommend it!

ONWARD to new adventures!

 

Home Away From Home – Out My Window

To some, it is just what it says, a 14 foot Escape travel trailer. To me, it is another place I can escape to do some writing.

From what I hear from other friends in the creative field, getting alone is crucial to creativity. When we bought this little gem, I imagined having my early morning coffee in it. Home away from home? Not yet, we have not driven it out of the driveway yet. But, I am using it!

It’s name? We tossed a few ideas around. I have settled on Mobeleo. It’s a cross between Mobile and the famous cartoon character named Oblio. The little boy who was born without a point. (It ends good!)

I have heard many people say that motor homes are rarely used. Not this one! My studio is so jammed packed these days that this spartan little trailer is perfect!

New place to write

New place to write

The Art Licensing Show Ribbon Cutting!

ribboncut Oh What fun!!!  The Art Licensing Show website is up and running today!!   You may ask, what is it?  Here is the explanation by founder Cherish Flieder.

ArtLicensingShow.com is a permission based, virtual portal where artwork can be reviewed privately by Art Directors who are looking to commercially license artwork. Authorized Art Directors may request to see art from a wide assortment of participating Artists and Licensors and highlight favorite art pieces, all with a single login.

It is an online directory where art licensing companies and professionals in supporting roles can be be listed and found with a simple search by name, keywords, subject and genre.

Lastly, it’s a a social gathering where industry professionals can network and connect with one another in groups, site updates, and via direct messaging to advance their goals.

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All of us on the site have been working hard to get our art up and loaded.  Today is our big day!

Am I finished?  Is an artist ever really finished?  There are always more things to do!  More drawing, more coloring,

more ideas, more more more!

A Sketching Day!

Oh what fun it is to sit and sketch. I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, even if it’s only for me. When you were born to create, nothing else satisfies. In the old days, artists were reveered. They were sometimes supported financially so that they might go on creating. What a leap we have made to this century where artists are often misunderstood to be lazy and dreamy-eyed. Who would not be dreamy-eyed with all the ideas we have rolling through our heads!
All of that to say, if someone wants to support me while I sketch, step on up to the plate! Haha! back to.sketching!

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Re-inventing Oneself

Funny words. It suggests that there was something wrong with the first invention something that needs fixing. I suppose that is true. When something isn’t working you should look for another way. You should fix the thing.

I began working on a new set of children’s books. I was hammering away at a story, trying to get something good down in order to illustrate it. Everything was flat. Nothing was working, nothing felt right. My characters were looking at me like I was crazy. They were all yawning! Try writing when your characters are shaking their heads!

It was then that I realized I was going about it all wrong. As an artist, I need to star with the art!!!! …the story would follow.

I sat with sketchbook in hand and began drawing little cartoons. One thing led to another and star was born! I will share more. This is a discovery for me. I will let you know how I make out in the days to follow!

For now, I’ll just keep sketching!

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