I This morning I got up and did something a little different. . . truthfully I got up and actually did what I always dream I would have time to do. I slept in a little, made myself some coffee, and set up my yoga mat in my living room. It was "Coffee and Yoga Time!"
-Now I know "coffee" and "yoga" together probably makes all of my wonderful yoga teachers cringe, but this morning was for me. It was a time to love myself and myself without caffeine is not love, it's torture. This morning I decided to accept this fact and enjoyed my morning on the mat.
With caffeine running through my blood I did a fun little yoga routine in my living room. Instead of my normal "Yoga mix" Pandora station, I put it on the Tycho station. Yes, I was falling into the zone, happily caffeinated, dreaming about a cool tech lifestyle, and waking my body up for the day. In between my sun salutations I did some little impromptu dance moves. . . Very cool and probably the best dance moves ever created. I drank my coffee and did not worry about the rules. . . I just enjoyed being human. It made me think. . . I worry too much about the rules and I don't spend enough time just enjoying "living".
I'm a self taught artist, with very limited class experience, so truthfully I don't even know all the rules, however I still worry about them and think I need to follow them. I lock myself up thinking "this" has to be a certain way or "that" is good because of "this". . . When really there is so much outside of the box that you are not even paying any attention to. We zero in on our schedules, goals, and "to dos", that so much passes us by and we don't even realize it. It's when we reach out that helps us to learn, create, and grow. Giving ourselves time and permission to do something different makes this world a better place -- and usually much more fun.
Last Friday I put on the first Paint WHAT you Taste class at Heringer Estates. This class is an interpretive painting class about your individual experience with wine. The idea is to get yourself out of your box, have fun trying wine, play with acrylic paints, and learn a little bit more about who you are all while making wine and yourself more accessible. I had an awesome group of women, the Soroptomist group from Davis, Ca, volunteer to be my guinea pigs. They had various levels of art and wine tasting experience and I lead them through a class that allowed them to express what they felt and saw when they tasted different types of wine. There were no right or wrong answers, laws of physics did not apply, and there were no restrictions about how they wanted to paint their canvas. We ventured completely outside of the box and everyone came up with something completely different to express their own personal experience with the wine that they tasted.
After each painting session we discussed what we saw and felt. Everyone was open and supportive of each other. The whole point was to learn and use paint to communicate our ideas. There were no rules and we didn't worry about them.
Paint WHAT you Taste was an awesome way to give yourself time to just experience being human. Like my morning on my yoga mat, sometimes you just need to let loose and change things up a bit. We can all take some time out of our busy schedules to break some rules and just enjoy who we are. --- To sum this blog post up ---- Let yourself break the rules everyone once awhile and enjoy who you are.
It's been so awesome working with Heringer Estates This month as as artist. I have shared what I do with more people and have started the paint and wine classes! Heringer's Marketing Director, Mariana Seda, did a little Q and A with me and posted in on their blog. She asked me some good questions and got me outside of my box. I work with Heringer all the time - but this was in a different aspect and really really fun!
Also -- Paint and Wine classes will be on going through out the year. Sign up for a class and have some fun!
Check out the Interview by clicking below.
So excited to be hosting wine and Paint classes at Heringer estates! the first class is scheduled for March 26th and you can buy your tickets at www.heringerestates.com under their "events" section. For the first class we will be painting in acrylics on canvas to create a creative replication of my "Big Blue, Gorgeous Succulent".
It will be a small class of only 12 people so sign up today to create some amazing art and enjoy some amazing wine!
the other day, as I was reflecting in my journal (which I am trying to do pretty regularly again) I realized something about my art and about myself. . . . It's All about acceptance. . . .
I start a painting with huge grandiose expectations. I pour myself into it. I follow my instincts on how to make it the most beautiful piece of art work ever created! At first I have thoughts of how this painting will promote me. I tell myself, "I will be famous!!! They will shout my name from the roof tops because of this piece of art!" I imagine how Critics will stare in aw at my genius and skill and collectors will clamor to buy it. Then I'll imagine that from this piece of art work I'll have enough money to live on a yacht somewhere in the Mediterranean, wear nothing but white linen, and Johnny Depp will come to my parties.----
All because of my genius instincts with shapes and colors. . . .
Then I decide it's total shit and I must be special needs. I have to walk away from it. . .
When I'm ready to come back, then I fall into the painting. All other thoughts are gone. I get close to the painting. Where my nose almost touches the paint and I watch how the paint smears on the canvas and the color changes everything. I step back and look at the whole picture. I try to understand what it is really saying and if it saying my idea or something else. I try to make it something wonderful with purpose and beauty. Sometimes I try to make it shocking, sometimes subtle. Often times I want it to be alive so that it can grow.
Then I decide it's total shit again and I should never paint. The nerve I have to even hold a paint brush!!!
I always come back to it though. I aways do. . . Sometimes it's years in between, but I always do. An unfinished painting is a question that just hounds me until I find an answer and If I don't work at answering it i'm not worth the air i breath. I will it this way. then I will it that way. Then I realize that I can't "Make" the painting anything. the painting is going to be exactly what it wants to be. I simply have to help it grow and create it. All of the process is a matter of accepting. I must accept my skills and my style to let the painting be the magic that it is. I'm not someone else and I can't create art like someone else. I am me. I paint like me. Sure I can challenge my skills, but to achieve the magic I long for on the canvass I can't try to manipulate it too much. I just have to let it be. I have to accept. when I accept myself everything on the canvass comes alive in just the right way. My way (like Frank Sinatra).
I’m drawn to creating art for various reasons.
Well, a few months ago I started a project that was completely different from my more recent projects. It was so different that I doubted whether I should be spending my time on it. I am started to sell my work and should be spending my time on producing pieces that can sell. However, the idea was in my head! It was not coming out until completed.
I started working with fabric to build and design a purse. This project had no master plan. I simply wanted to work with fabric and some beautiful felt pieces that I had tucked away in my studio. This, I knew was not something I could scan and re-create prints of to sell. This was something that would take time and I would probably never be able to sell it. It was pure creation and desire! I just was drawn to the fabric and wanted to work with it. ---So I started.
I started by cutting out pieces of felt in shapes that appealed to me. I wanted geometric shapes with strait edges. The idea of working with square and triangle shapes on a fabric really appealed to me. I used different colored string for embroidery to add color and line. As I would sew one shape on and then a next I realized I wanted to embroider a bird. --- so I did! Then I saw that the purse called for this beautiful shiny ribbon. ---So I added it! As it was coming together I realized that I wanted to fill in the spaces between the shapes with beads. I went to the bead store, picked out colors that I was drawn to, and started the long process of sewing them on. The purse was one inspired idea after another. As I worked I loved it more and more. There were no rules. It was something I was creating.
All together I think the purse took me about 6 months. I would work on a bit here and there. At the end, I obsessed over it and stayed up way passed my bedtime sewing beads and following my heart to the next step in its completion. My husband teased me that this purse would have to sell for thousands of dollars with all of my time that had gone into it, but it was a work of art. I sewed every stich by hand and the last stich was executed with as much integrity as the first. It was beautiful. I probably would never be able to sell this purse, but it was a wonderful creative experience for me as an artist. Much like creating a painting or drawing I worked with composition, color, texture, line. . . It was wonderful! I learned a lot about what I can do and how I create. It was just so refreshing to work with a different medium and find myself still right at home in the creative process.
. . . .I started another purse. . . . (wicked).
Well, its a new year! I'm looking forward to working more and more on my arti I have made some progress but still have more to go. In 2015 I developed invitations, I created some custom logos, I created several illustrations, and built a website! In 2016 I want to continue to explore my art technique and creativity and develop the business.
here is the plan:
It's so exciting! delta Workshop and Little Relics Gallery in Sacramento, Ca are carrying my succulent cards! I took a risk and went out to present my work to others. IT was invigorating and fun! This girl is breaking out in this art world and getting my designs for sale with real brick and mortar shops! How awesome is that?! Pretty soon you will see my cards all over the world! (well we hope *wink* *wink*)