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An exciting new project!!!

Posted by mysculptureclass on June 6, 2011 at 6:57 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so excited to share my new project with you!!  Im building a 12 foot tall "Conversation with Myself" and have set up a website that will have updates and allow you to participate in a variety of ways.  Please check it out!!!

http://www.indiegogo.com/Conversation-with-Myself

I'm going to Italy!

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so excited to teach a sculpture workshop in Italy next September!  The Sedona Art Center is sending me to Italy with 15 Sculpture Students, and we are going to have a blast!  We are going to Stay in a villa in a small town in Tuscany and work at the international  La Meridiana ceramics studio. On the first day there will be an introduction to paperclay and how I use it.  The next day we will take a day trip into Florence to be inspired by all the great art there.

 

After that it will be back to the studio to get to work.  For me, the class in Italy is only the beginning of the adventure.  Stay tuned for moreT

Ready to Jump?

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 5, 2010 at 6:08 PM Comments comments (1)

I finally jumped. I am a full time artist.  This is how I make my living. 

 

Last winter a good friend of mine told me that I am better at getting ready to jump than anyone he has ever met.  I had just gone back to teaching full time and was once again planning as to how I would be the full time artist that I have been planning and longing to be since my now 18 year old daughter was 1.

Well, he was right.  I inspired others to do it, I planned how I could, I did it a little bit.  But I was afraid to jump,,,to really jump.

Well, My daughter graduated from high school and I decided now is the time.  I quit everything that was standing in the way.  My marriage. My job. My old ways of thinking. My old life. I am the happiest I have ever been.

So here I go.  Updates to follow.

Is Art Important?

Posted by mysculptureclass on April 20, 2010 at 10:38 AM Comments comments (5)

I would love to hear your responses to a couple simple questions.  I will compile all the answers I get.  Is art important?  If so why, if not why not?

For a joyous 2010 #8

Posted by mysculptureclass on January 11, 2010 at 8:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Always assume the best in others.  I know some people see me as pollyanna...too much focus on the positive, not enough on "reality" but   my life is better because I focus on the good in people.  As a teacher, when I focus on the good in my students I get much more good from them.  As a person, I have always been inspired by the people who saw the best in me.  I never wanted to let them down by being less than they believed I was. 

 

My daily life is better when I look for the good in people; when I assume that someone who is rude is having a bad day and can respond in kindness.  This doesn't mean being foolish or being unsafe, It just means recognizing the humanity is others. It means treating others with respect and kindness no matter what they look like or who they are.

 

Often people assume that I look at people this way because I have never seen bad  people, that I have been sheltered, that I have never had anything bad happen to me in my life.  Without sharing details, I can tell you with certainty that this is not true.  People who know me well know that I have lived and grown through a great deal of personal and family pain. I taught students with severe social/emotional disorders and I even worked in a psychiatric hospital for four years.


Assuming the  is how I choose to live.  It is one thing that makes my life joyful and beautiful, and that's the kind of life I choose.

Creative 2010

Posted by mysculptureclass on January 7, 2010 at 9:29 AM Comments comments (3)

6 Play freely in my art without censorship

 

Self censorship is perhaps the greatest creativity killer.  When I stop exploring and start trying to create work that will sell my creativity suffers.  Sometimes I explore playfully, sometimes deeply or ruefully or even heartbreakingly in my art.; but the key is to keep exploring without censoring.  Of course, when I decide what to give to the galleries to sell self censorship is important, but not when creating.  Sometimes my best pieces come from work that I was tempted to censor, sometimes the work I was tempted to censor is unsellable.  It doesn't matter.  The truth is that the work comes from deep within my soul and needs to be made.  It is only after that that the judgement can begin.

Creative 2010

Posted by mysculptureclass on January 7, 2010 at 9:29 AM Comments comments (0)

6 Play freely in my art without censorship

 

Self censorship is perhaps the greatest creativity killer.  When I stop exploring and start trying to create work that will sell my creativity suffers.  Sometimes I explore playfully, sometimes deeply or ruefully or even heartbreakingly in my art.; but the key is to keep exploring without censoring.  Of course, when I decide what to give to the galleries to sell self censorship is important, but not when creating.  Sometimes my best pieces come from work that I was tempted to censor, sometimes the work I was tempted to censor is unsellable.  It doesn't matter.  The truth is that the work comes from deep within my soul and needs to be made.  It is only after that that the judgement can begin.

A joyous 2010 #4

Posted by mysculptureclass on January 5, 2010 at 10:29 AM Comments comments (0)

4.When I feel guily about something, change it and let it go.

 

Guilt can serve a purpose, but most often it is a wasted emotion.  It serves to tell us that we made a decision that was against our true beliefs or against who we really are.  That in itself serves a wonderful purpose.  It tells us we are off track, and that we need to take a second look at what we are doing.

 

The problem comes when guilt cycles again and again with no introspection and not change in behavior.  This type of guilt is debilitating and serves no positive purpose.  My resolution this year is to let go of guilt quickly.  I was to use it to keep me on track in being who I am here to be.  I want to feel it, recognize what it is saying to me, make the adjustments that I need to make, and let it go. If it is result of old thinking or holding myself to unreasonable standards (see #2), then I need to conciously let that go as well.  It requires energy to look at where it's coming from, but nowhere near the energy toll that it takes as it continues to cycle over and over again in my psyche.

For a Joyous and creative 2010

Posted by mysculptureclass on January 4, 2010 at 10:58 AM Comments comments (0)
3.Respect that each person has his or her own journey. This one has been one of the hardest lessons to learn. As a teacher I always want my students to succeed. As a parent, I always want my kids to be healthy and happy, as daughter and friend, I always want the best for those that I love. The truth is that each person has his/her own journey. No matter what I want for them, it is their right and responsibilty to decide what they want for themelves, and the direction they will take to get there. I can love, encourage, support, challenge, and help in any way I can, but in the end each of us has our own journey. It is arrogant for me to think that I understand someone else's journey better than they do. My journey is for me to decide, the journey of another person is for him/her to decide. When I aknowledge and respect that fact, my relationships are better, and my life is much more filled with joy.

A joyous and creative 2010

Posted by mysculptureclass on January 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM Comments comments (0)

2. Forgive myself as I would my best friend.

Over and over again I see people that I love being so mean to themselves.  Somehow they expect of themselves that they should be perfect, never make mistakes, never make bad choices. When they do make mistakes or bad choices, they berate themselves, put themselves down and feel shamed.  I have seen them do this to themselves for things that they would easily forgive in friends. I have done this to myself for things that I would easily forgive in friends.

 

Forgiveness is so important, and I think we often forget that it is perhaps most important for us to be able to forgive ourselves.  When we are able to do that, we are able to interact with others with much more compassion, love, and joy.