In general - my creativity will ebb and flow, sometimes becoming a bit stagnant. It all has to do, at least I think, with the weather or the moon. It has been almost a year since I wrote here last. And I got to thinking, I should really do it more often. Not that ya'll are waiting with bated breath for my next entry but ... I am sure that some are.
My DH (dear hubby) has retired, and it is good. He has things that he would like to do, learn, explore. Gold Panning is one of those things. Yay Rick! Perhaps he will stumble upon a vein of gold and we will be set for the rest of our lives. We see ... Meanwhile he has an activity which is exactly what I want for him.
Whats in the works with Odd Folk? --
Well I just finished "Z"
Mothzer of the Zoom, Zeolite, Zenith, Zapper!
All these identities I carry in my pockets and they surround me!
Zee --- Zebu --- Zebra – leading to Zero.
She said she really wanted to be a W – so she could WOW! – and turn her upside down, and she would still be MOM
I like her - and she makes me smile. She will be available soon.
Odd Folks have been expanding a bit - Creating pocket Graveyards -- You know how I love Samhain (Halloween) and Day of the Dead. Something about turning little altoid tins into a mini Graveyard just tickles me!
I have done two show's for the holiday.
Bonnieville Power Administration Offices, Portland Oregon
MT View Middle School, Beaverton Oregon
This weekend I will be at the Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Drive, Portland Oregon
The Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm
If this weekend is anything like last year, it should be fun - at least I enjoyed it last year.
So far, I have come up with thoughts on how I can enhance my artwork, and I look forward to working on the many new projects that are floating within my thoughts.
I am excited for a new season to begin
Hope to see you
This year it seemed the Artwalk was a bust for me. It was cold, it rained harder than usual, the wind blew, and did I mention it was Cold?! And, ... I sold nothing. However! I made a new friend/acquaintance, Faie, and I got (maybe) some exposure.
Traditionally, the first weekend in March is lovely, so Boooo to the people who put the walk down because of timing. There are at least 9 out of 11 weekends that I can say were warm, rather dry, and just spring like. So the timing was still good. I think that what made this a bust for me was my location. Granted, I was grateful for being hosted by a wonderful business, the owner was so sweet and kind. But, the location and the area that I displayed in was all wrong. I was in a garage/wine cask storeroom, it was not much warmer inside there than it was outside. I was not that visible. No one really hung around to play with my dolls. As a matter a fact I had just as many business cards in the end as I did in the beginning.
So I think, I need to do some soul searching as to what I want to do with my art. Do more fairs during the summer? Become more aggressive about putting it in more shops? Start to do art doll challenges and get myself published? (That could be fun)
So as I sit and watch the sunrise above the trees, listen to the birds sing their morning chorus, I will ponder my Art career, my passion. I will become a bit more determined and stronger to make it shine.
how content some must be, to simply swim with the ducks that we find so charming in our bath.
I finished her today, along with two others that just needed a little bit of a touch. I just need to name them.
I tried something new at my table this afternoon. Teacups! I have often thought about it - yet never really actually plopped on in the bowl of the cup, but! I love this concept.
And now ... I think I am ready for a nap.
Recently - I applied to be a part of Artistic Portland. I did the Jury thing, and was accepted. Now I spend some of my time there. Its more encouraging -- knowing your a part of something.
Knowing you can associate with other artists.
Knowing that they will edify you and your work.
Its encouraging knowing that all your art, may actually find their way to another home.
That someone will see it - and know. This is IT!
We all to often discount ourselves.
Take comments personally, and suffer from hurt feelings.
Walk on eggs.
It is important to be our own FAN CLUB.
Yet it is also important to have a FAN CLUB.
To belong to a group
Much like finding the most perfect spot on the grassy knoll.
Or to find the most perfect partner ever.
The sweetest scent of the first flower in Spring.
Me belonging to a Co-Op Called Artistic Portland is going to be a learning experience.
I have had my work in galleries and stores before.
But never have I had a say as to how my work can be presented.
Oh I have done art fairs, art walks, and even the yearly crafter fair.
I have been on the committee where the rest of the committee members are harsh and quick to judge.
I even remember heading up the yearly crafter/art show for my children's elementary school - and in trying to encourage the kids to participate - I was quickly cut down by some who said that children's art was not refined enough. I was most disappointed to think that we as adults had the right to squash a child's dream of participating.
Why do we have to wait till we are refined -- before we can put ourselves out there. Cannot we just do it, and grow by trial and error?
Was indeed I refined enough when I juried for Artistic Portland?
I don't think so.
For each day is a learning experience. Each day is filled with art that lives within my mind.
We all have something to offer. Even that which is judged as not art. However, those who say that something is not art should stop and think, just for a moment. Each item we look at. Each item we use daily, is in many respects art. From the spoon we stir our coffee with, to the lawn mower we cut our front yard with. Everything, and I mean absolutely everything is a work of ART. And I am blessed to witness as much as I possibly can in this time called the Human Experience.
Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, 2013 from 10 am to 3 pm. I will be participating at the Associates Crafter Fair - located at the Bonnieville Power Administration 905 NE 11th Ave, Portland Oregon. I personally will be in room 122 which is by the Guard Station on the main floor.
This is a really great event, and the proceeds go for various causes.
here is a link if you are interested in who the Associates are, and what they do.http://www.theassociatesonline.org/about-the-associates/how-we-came-to-be
The one thing that I know for sure is that there are lots talented vendors and of things to see. I have been participating in this for ... golly, maybe 8 years? Have not a clue .. lol
All my girls and a few others will be there - as well as the Heat Cozies that I create with Rice or Flax seed - Most have lavender in the mixture - but are available just plain. This year I made a few little Owl bags to see if they will fly ....
Hope to see you there
I Was in a brand new space this year
where it felt good - it felt rather odd.
Odd cause my good friend wasn't with me - she moved away two months prior. So I felt rather . . . How does one say - foreign in ones own country. Yeah, I guess that is it. Kelly, that's her :) came to visit me, yay! in all the years of doing the Art Walk she had never walked it as an observer, I really haven't either. I wonder about the other artists - is there anyone who does what I do? I know there must be - but do they really consider it art.
I am a "Doll" maker -- am I an artist? Of course I am an artist - but there are those out there that only consider me a crafter. But then again, I have had many lively conversations with some who consider art to only be the paintings that hang on the wall. Art to them is not the quilt that was created as a wall hanging, or the necklace that was created as a statement. For those people are only Quilters and Jewelers - not Artists. An Artist is a Picasso or a Monet, it is a picture in a frame.
And Grrrr ....... to the people who classify my soft sculptures as Cabbage Patch dolls -- what an insult! Nothing against Cabbage Patch Dolls - but they became mass produced, and began to look alike - made by people who get nothing really for their time on an assembly line.
But enough about that ...
About the Artwalk --
This year I showed my girls at the Yarn Garden - a lovely quaint little shop with all the colors in the rainbow inside. Soft balls of yarn - with every type you could think of. I loved being surrounded by it all. The Yarn Garden was also participating in a "yarn crawl" bringing in hundreds of people. Most of which were only interested in the Yarn, some stopped and gazed upon my creations . . . and I was honored to tell them about their birth.
So even tho, I felt much like a small fry, or a fish out of water, cause I was doing it all alone, without my good friend Kelly. It was a good experience once again this year.
The people who follow me, found me - and adopted another.
Maybe next year I will be in a different place, who knows!
You cant always get what you want
but if you try sometime
you might find
you get what you need
Actually there aint a reason why you cant have both.
However, we are sometimes more focused on what we want as humans
and not so much as to what only do we need.
And I really truly want to see, touch, feel, all that I have not experienced yet. But at the moment, it is not a need, unless ........ it is a want in order to survive.
Currently..... I need to be recognized for what I do, and I know that soon I will be exactly that. Recognized for all that I do. My art for instance --- I would so love it to be recognized for just this, but I know that once I become recognized for just this, it might just become a "Job" -- and I want to create cause the spirit moves me.
That too will happen.
and .... by the way for those who actually read this and personally have touched me, I love you. For those who read this and who I have never had the honor to meet just yet, I welcome you into my world -- and I adore you for knocking on my door.
There are chickens that lay colored eggs! Oh My Yes! --- Of course I had no Idea, till I saw it on one of my face book friends page. Kelsey wants chickens when we move. I have always wanted chickens. I had always been told 'NO" but, it seems that I can have them now. Once I get a coop built, its time for the chickens. I am excited. The city dweller can now have the chickens to love.
Time is sometimes more valuable than money.
Time is just plain a commodity that can never be replaced. You can replace the dollars you have spent, or the dollars you have lost on a business venture or the like, but you can never replace the time you spend trying to make things right, and have them still be wrong.
Today, it rains -- soft, soft rain - My region has lots of rain - and some areas here are getting more than their fair share. This weekend - the HUNT happens, but the local dairy has canceled the HUNT - Phew! those bunnies that hide those easter eggs there every year, get to take a vacation, and spend time with their little bunnies in their own nest this year. See there is that commodity again -- Time ........
Every morning - I spend Time with just me, myself and I. Reflecting on things undone, things I want to do, ideas within my mind of the next creation, and the new creations that I will soon be able to make because I will be in a space that wont be upset, or disorganized. Have you ever thought about that stereotype that some people have of artists? The studio space is disorganized and that makes the most creative artist ever! - however, most of us, have our own organization, and nothing is disorganized - unless someone comes in to organize it according to "them" lol
So as i drink my morning coffee, and lick my daily "ring pop" (yes that is my energy booster -- *grin*) I gaze upon some of the things that were just purchased to create with, wishing that today was the day I could start. Knowing that I need to wait till the end of the month - after the move into my new digs, my new studio. I am so excited, I can't wait. I have wanted this for a long long time, and now it is finally happening.
Time it seems, for once, could very well be on my side -