I’m back….again

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This is the 3rd time I’ve started this blog.  I just can’t seem to stick with it.  If you read down further you’ll see that the second time (or was it the third and this is the fourth??  gah!) I started it I only blogged once.   I clearly intended to stick with it but…didn’t.  Oh how I wish I would have!  For the sake of my art but also for to have memories of those days documented.

My intention for this blog is the same as it was when I started it the first time back in 2010: to rediscover myself as I continue my awesome day job but now pursue my art as well.  To document that process –  the good the bad and the ugly.  And, while I’m at it to maybe help others who are also on a path of discovering and pursuing their dreams.

So, back to this piece of art.  This is the first textile collage I created and it is still my favorite. I love everything about it.  My goal is to get this blog more functional and then, before October 1, to open an Etsy shop — eek!

 

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One little bird

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close up 3 big birds, a photo by kelly credit on Flickr.

I love this scrappy new bird. She’s one of three, all lined up in a row on a faded, repurposed, vintage quilt. My favorite is the tweed layer on her wing. I loved the way it looked on my design wall but I wasn’t sure how tweed would be to work with.  Since I do all my applique with hand stitching it worked just fine.  I doubt I could have pulled it off with a machine.

It’s been a long time since I posted on here.  I got all excited about starting this blog over a year ago. I had taken Kelly Rae Roberts OUTSTANDING Flying Lessons E-course and was all inspired and I felt gutsy.  I printed out the .pdf she so generously shared with us, put it in a binder and spent summer 2011 studying it and taking notes and writing down my dreams. I wrote my dreams in detail; I love doing that.  Then, I took the first step and started this blog and joined the flying lessons Facebook group for community.  Go me!

And then I got scared. I felt silly. I felt like I wasn’t as talented and courageous as the other people who took the E-course and were also starting their blogs. I even, like a dummy, “un friended” my membership in the incredible Flying Lessons Facebook group.  I’m very “all or nothing” aren’t I?  I was all in, and then just as abruptly I was all out.  Bad me!

It was easy for me to talk myself out of maintaining this blog, out of making my art, out of selling on Etsy, out of entering shows. It was easy because I have an awesome day job that I really love.  It’s fun for me, challenging, sort of prestigious, and provides a comfortable salary. So I can always ditch my dream by using the ole “I’m way too busy at work” lie on myself.

But now, I’m going for it. I’m determined to not use that easy lie this time. It might take a long time and I might even fail. Actually, its highly likely I’ll fail. Yet I’m excited! I’ll share more in my next post.

the complexity of you


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Jen Lemen wrote this in one of her deep and sweet blog posts:

“we are all so multi-faceted, so multi-dimensional that it’s nearly impossible for anyone to know us truly as we are. which is why it is imperative that we continue to love one another, that we commit to deeply listening and leaning in to each moment, because none of us know what unseen and vital part will now be revealed”

The collage above is an image board that reflected me really well about 3 years ago.  Now? t isn’t me so much. Have you noticed how you change over the years, weeks, even days? I do.  Is it really change? I think its just your complexity surfacing. There are so many dimensions and parts in us. They surface at different points in our lives. It is what makes you interesting and special and lovable and you.

The really good bloggers and artists say your blog and art should reflect “you” in a consistent way. That makes total sense to me. I also know, from my day job, how important consistent branding is from a business perspective.  So, i’m actually enjoying the challenge of conveying the genuine but complex “me” in a simple and easy to recognize brand.  It takes the idea of “creation” to a really fun and personal level.