You Guys Are Awesome!
Thanks to everyone who read and commented on the last post review and giveaway from Hahnemühle paper! Five lucky winners have been pulled from names tossled about in a festive Provence hat, and they are:
Carolynn Pappas, Catherine Root, Donna Thibodeau, Jim Serrett, and Marti de Alva
Congratulations on your new art supplies, my friends! The good folks at Hahnemühle will be in touch via email to ship samples your way. For everyone still curious about trying Hahnemühle papers, click here to visit the previous post, and check the links under the little sailboat painting on postcard paper for resources where you can find each of the blocks and pads I tested.
Busting Through Creative Block
I had a great conversation with someone I met this week about creative block. Loosing art-making mojo is a topic guaranteed to come up when I’m in creative company. Luckily for us, in this chapter of history, we have the option to search for stuckness-antidotes online. Creative block doesn’t happen to kids; only adults are fretful enough about making things to inflict that scoundrel-of-void on ourselves. Art-making fears have been around for centuries, and artisans from all genres of creativity have been generous to share what works for them.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over the self. Aristotle (384—322 BCE)
A Helpful List
Here’s a list of 52 creative mojo inspiring ideas from Larry G. McGuire . The list is downloadable in case you need to paper the walls of your creative space with reminders. Brew some tea, and take notes so you can get back to work. 🙂 (Here’s another blog post about that too.)
Creating with Textiles
Do you enjoy working with textiles in your studio adventures? Quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, etc? I’ve been around fabric, embroidery floss and sewing machines my entire life, and while I’ve dabbled here and there, I try to steer my ship’s focus towards media I’m currently wrestling to learn – watercolors & printmaking. Two is plenty. I respect and admire the artistic expression of things made with fabric and thread and raw materials, and I read many sewing, needlepoint and crafting blogs; I’m always tempted to dabble more. My step daughter is a quilter, and our discussions about the parallel meditation of planning, process and construction in both quilting and printmaking is a sweet pleasure. No matter the materials, we’re all creating expressions based on our surroundings, experiences, travels, expertise, memories and yearnings. (Look at the beautiful needlepoint of a supernova remnant in Cassiopeia A, made by astronomer and astrophysicist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin [1900–1979]) I hope you get to tap into your own well of expression this week, and reach for the maker supplies of your choice to create something lovely and lasting and true to your vision.
Have courage. Start where you are. Use What you have. Do what you can.
Congratulations again to the winners of the Hahnemühle paper giveaway, and thank you to everyone who participated. Feel free to leave a comment or share this missive and the links herein with a friend. I’ll see you in the next post!
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My house here is painted the yellow colour of fresh butter on the outside, with glaringly green shutters; it stands in full sunlight in a square that has a green garden with plane trees, oleanders and acacias. It is completely whitewashed inside, with a floor made of red bricks. And over it there is the intensely blue sky. In this house I can love and breathe, meditate and paint.
~Vincent van Gogh