I'm excited to share that some of my writing will be posted on Juliette Crane's 'Creative Sugar' on August 7, 2012. On her blog Juliette is sharing a post weekly (on Tuesdays) in order to promote positivity...something we can all use, I think. Juliette is an artist and teacher whose work is light, bright, whimsical and joyful. I love people like this, those who decide to start a movement to spread joy, and who work with others in order to do this. Working in community is definitely better as not only does the workload decrease but the lessons that are shared are boundless.
This summer has been one of pleasant surprises. I've connected with some of the most incredibly talented artists and am honored to be included in their lives. Though I have a few painting commitments to keep throughout this summer, in fall I hope to take a little more time for those 'artist dates' that I used to enjoy every month. It's been far too long. Many years ago when I read 'The Artists Way' I learned three basic things which I have carried with me:
1. Keep artist dates...for me this is reading great books and watching fabulous documentaries about art & artists, visiting museums & galleries, and connecting with other artists who I feel are committed not only to their creative life but to life in general.
2. Write every day. To me this includes sketching or painting, too, and especially includes gratitude.
3. Trust your intuition.
So, this summer I will definitely make time to read and visit galleries. And in fall I will take the precious time to connect with those artists whose work and character have inspired me. It's going to be a good year.