Wednesday, January 25, 2012

attitude

I have been thinking a lot about what I tell myself I can and can't do in my life. I was busy raising children, I was busy volunteering at my school and church, I was busy taking care of the yard, the house, the dog and so on.......I was too busy to take some time for my dreams and aspirations. I told myself that I had other things that made a bigger difference than me taking a class or studying a new skill. I felt myself going through motions each day not looking forward to something.
I realized that ATTITUDE was a huge part of my problem. I wanted a balance in my life to fit everything in  and be content and happy each day. I read this quote today and found it so profound for me:
 "Attitude, to me is more important than the past......than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. I t will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day." by Charles Swindoll

I realize that all those small details in life were adding up to my discontentment. I want to show my girls how to be happy when you had only 4 hours of sleep or had to go on a field trip with 120 4th graders for 6 hours in the pouring rain or sewing up halloween costumes the day of halloween. I want to embrace my life, my circumstances and show joy each day and gratitude for where I live and the free time I do have to do what I love. When I share my abilities to others it feels so good! I know I can't spend 24 hours a day creating art but I can find an hour here and there and that is okay.
Try, try, try......

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Why am I an artist?

I love this quote I came across today:
"an artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture."
Jean Cocteau
For me it is hard to explain why I find so much joy getting my hands stained with inks, paints and dyes.
why do I love having messes in my bedroom with unfinished projects that drive my husband crazy?
I love the process, I love the experiments and the unending possibilities of creations!
I have been taking a wonderful course by Stephanie Lee, a download learning her techniques of metal smithing. This is an artist I admire very much! She is so open and sharing and NICE to help us out on our journey. Thank you Stephanie!!