Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Artist's Way - Week Seven

This week was all about "Recovering a Sense of Connection." As Julia Cameron says, connecting with your "personal angels." All the tasks had to do with remembering and acting on things you enjoy. So even though I had a bad work week, The Artist's Way pulled through for me.

At lunch one day, I created a collage with pictures torn from magazines. It brought back old memories, and made me realize how much I miss my subscriptions! Was there a theme to these images? Well, of course: Water! I'm not at all surprised.


Another task was to create a wonderful smell in the house, so I lit a stick of incense just before I sat down to write. And I wore a favorite shirt to work, for no special reason.

On my artist date, I took myself to a bookstore - lately, I've been buying all my books online. Thought I'd hang out for half an hour, but spent way more time than that. I picked up two magazines before leaving: Watercolor Artist and Art Journaling. When the girl rung me out, I learned it came to over $20.00 For two magazines!? The Art Journaling was $15.00 by itself! If I had seen that, I probably wouldn't have gotten it. Glad I didn't see... (note: no price break in a subscription either!)


Were there any new "significant" issues I faced this week? I tried to place some handmade books on consignment at a winery, and was refused. What a letdown, but at least I tried. Another, more personal thought struck me. And that's my tendency to save what I consider the best for last. This might sound stupid, but I think it's a soft punishment. A case in point: I started reading parts of Watercolor Artist last night, even though I knew I would enjoy the journaling magazine more. Enough said...

Did I experience any synchronicity? There was something. I was told to take all my jewelry out of the Museum Store - I'm not allowed to sell there anymore. What the consultant said was "conflict of interest," since I work there. Depressed, I put everything in a wicker basket and brought it home. And there at the house, waiting for me, was an invitation to showcase my artwork at the Firehouse Art Center, in Norman. What a treat; I feel so honored they want me back for their Holiday Gift Gallery.

3 comments:

Splendid Little Stars said...

Now that last little bit of news is awesome! Hope it's wildly successful! I see another theme in your magazine pictures--travel!

BeadedTail said...

I bet that Art Journaling book is interesting! As congrats on the Firehouse Art Center! That shows that when one door closes, another opens!

cindy said...

Good post, Deb. This "Artist's Way" sounds like alot of exercises I've done through other books, authors, etc. You migh want to check out Jennifer Louden. I have a few of her books, here is her blog:http://www.comfortqueen.com/

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