Sunday, November 13, 2011
"Smash creative blocks. Change the problem or sneak up on it from a different direction. Try something fresh - a new way with an old theme, a different point of view, unusual tool".
So what causes them and how does one "overcome" them?? I've been thinking a lot lately about creative blocks and obstacles, primarily because from time to time (more often than I like to admit), they creep into my mind and simply do not want to vacate my right-brain. I've read articles and blogs, all of which offer varying solutions to battling and overcoming blocks. Perhaps the best advice I've received is from my dear friend and talented jewelry artistan Leanne Emory of Triskele Moon Studios. She says, "The best thing to do for myself is to walk away from the studio for however long it takes..typically, that will be the time that I look at other outlets of creativity (looking at other types of art besides jewelry, reading, journaling)". Great advice! And now I'm going to follow it...
Two years ago, I received a beautiful acoustic guitar for Christmas; a lovely and thoughtful gift (which I had placed on my wish list). Guess what? Two years later, this amazing instrument is in my closet; a sad, sad place for music to hide. So to mix up my creative outlets and get some different types of juices flowing, I finally signed up for lessons! This doesn't mean I won't be working on my jewelry; contrarily, I feel confident this new path of self expression will open up my soul to even more unique creative abilities.
Thanks to Leanne for this great advice; it was just what I needed to get out of my rut. I'm already feeling like making something new!
Wishing you all a beautiful week filled with lots of love, magic
(sans any creative blocks!)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
"Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering.
When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go,
then you'll come to realize how unnecessary it was for you
to drag those burdens around with you. You'll see that no
one else other than you was responsible. The truth is that
existence wants your life to become a festival."
Wow...isn't this a beautiful quote? I love the idea of my life becoming a FESTIVAL. Tonight is about releasing the things in my life that are holding me back from achieving my highest goals and potential. I let them go, and affirm that I am open and receptive to all good!
Speaking of good things, I've been working on some new things for Fall. I completed a couple of necklaces this weekend and am working diligently (as time permits) on wire wrapping some of my recently soldered pendants. I tried some new things this time around, and am pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Posted by Sheila at 7:59 PM
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Rich, deep and warm are the colors of Autumn, my favorite time of the year. Fall ushers in a kaleidoscope of magnificent hues. And not to mention the fun rituals that surround this time of the year.
**Bonfires, and pumpkins and hayrides, oh my**
I really think my love of this season stems from my October birthday. Even though we are losing light each day, there's something magical and ceremonial about this time of the year. Harvest is ending and it is time for reflection and giving thanks. And it's also a time to focus on balance. Symbolic of this is the delicate dance between light and dark now; for we know Winter is fast approaching. So simply enjoy this beautiful time of the year. Embrace the change and have fun decorating with all the colorful bounty Autumn brings. And remember...to always give thanks!
Posted by Sheila at 7:50 PM
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
A new adventure; a new endeavor. I have been accepted to participate this year in a wonderful art event, "Gallery in the Garden", located at 600 Lawndale Avenue, Woodstock, Illinois. Now in its sixth year, all artists who participate in this event donate a portion of all their proceeds to "CASA" (Court Appointed Special Advocates of McHenry Country). CASA, founded in 2005, provides trained volunteers to advocate for child victims of abuse and neglect in Juvenile Court and in the foster care system. I am so excited to be part of this very special event. I've been working diligently on some new items, specifically for the Gallery festivities (July 30th and 31st). I'd especially like to thank Patricia Lynn Eagle, an incredible jewelry artisan and instructor at The Constant Muse Art Studio in Crystal Lake, IL. She recommended my pursuit of this particular show, and I truly appreciate her encouragement.
|My first decoupage dress form! I really wanted one for display. She took a long time to make!|
|Stained Glass Pendant - I really love this color!|
|Etched Metal, Riveted Cherub, Soldered Stained Glass|
|Another Etched Metal Pendant - My Favorite, I Think!|
Hope to see you there!
Posted by Sheila at 5:40 PM