Be so good they can’t ignore you.

I remember Pink, the singer, mention this once. What a cool magazine interview! What was it like to climb to the top and succeed…as if there’s some magic formula. Pink answered,”   I knocked on the door so many times that eventually they just had to let me in. Okay so I can’t remember the exact words but I love them. A few days ago I was minding my own business working on some art and listening to a podcast. what happens? I here the words BE SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU. That’s genius except for one problem. How do I do that? What is good! Good is awesome. Good is like no one  else. Good is kind and respectful.

I must be original and whatever that original is do it with all my heart. Yes,  put ME in every single piece of art. I mean create the art  that wows me and the art that just slaps me in the face leaving me dumbfounded and utterly in love with life.Okay so forget the slap here but it just sounds perfect to describe the moment when something just shockingly warms you, and you just can’t part ways with it!

You look at this idea and this art and feel it because it’s a real story. There’s no explaining why  with rules. I mean… you know that artist who is so cool?  There not even trying to be cool, they just are. Their art is awesome and when you ask them about it,  they say, I just had tons of practice that’s all. They are so good because they have mastered the art of telling their story.

This past holiday  we crafted a Santa cone. Here’s mine.

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What’s interesting is, I colored as I know Santa-the traditional Santa.  The problem with this is well,   I looked around the room. I  thought how cool all these Santa’s are! I saw the smiles and the good time we were having in every cone.  I thought of  artists who don’t have the courage to draw as they choose.  Somewhere in these thoughts are what make every awesome story. No matter how crazy or different  our version is, it will be awesome so long as it’s our story. Is this not what fascinates me when I listen to a song I’m obsessed with or a book. Heck Yes!

Each cone is different, but all have character.  An artist’s best work comes the moment he or she learns to let go, and paint with the heart.  I just got through reading about Frida. Her art is amazing! Her life story is right there on every masterpiece. Ask your favorite artist and they will no doubt tell you the same thing.Listen to the origin of their art.

Back to the Santa project…I love how we all used different tools and color. Should have taken a group picture.

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Here’s the awesome idea! I have a blank canvas that everyone is dying to see.  I have and awesome story to tell. The projects I’ve been working on are a great way to end this year. Hang in there Myra. You’ve got this! Hold on because your letters are changing and getting way better. Imagine what they’ll look like next year and so on! You have awesome ideas!  Choose to show up everyday. Nothing compares to hands on practice. Keep showing up!

Yes I like my ideas. The ideas that just pop in my head. YES these ideas jut pop in my head but in my mine are years and years of reading and listening. In my head are thousands of ideas that come from the heart. Yes I was born to be an artist!

I’m going to relax and take a vacation. On my vacation I’ll think about the top 10 ideas that have made a difference this year. Maybe I’ll make a video about it and share it with my friends.  I’m making a list and checking it twice for new ideas to try. I can’t wait to fill up my diary with all of them.I’ll  be back Jan. 6th.

Merry Christmas!

-there are no impossibilities

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Critique Your Art

Last week the challenge was to create some bouncy lettering. The holidays are here so of course I had to come up with an awesome quote.  One lunch afternoon I drew this out.

Just a pencil, some awesome graphic paper, markers, and 2o minutes.

YEAH okay doubt, I’m not sure about this either. I think about all the artists. I love watching them work. Wow how do they do it. Everything from the idea to the sketch is amazing!  THEN they go an call their sketch messy… call it a ROUGH sketch. I’m thinking WHAT?

Don’t Compare. They’ve had tons of practice.

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I felt like I had a good idea but again my SKILLS were hiding and seeking some other artist..  My etsy shop deadline is in 2 months.  Am I really an artists or am I fooling myself?  Will I be ready for my etsy shop?  Is an etsy shop a smart move right now?  That’s when it hit me. YES I’m an artists BUT I have to keep working and what’s that word HABIT.  Yes work on my art and learn from my mistakes. Problem is I always feel like I’m making mistakes…always waiting…always hoping….always dreaming and I know it’s coming. I see it and I feel it or do I?.

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I DO! So I’m looking SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW …and taking notes. I have to hold on and focus on the good! I CHOOSE to look at all the wonderful progress I’ve made. I mean I know what I did wrong and how to fix it. That’s got to count for something.

OH! The brush lettering should be thicker. I’m on a roller coaster.

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Every story is filled with mistakes, fears and an even bigger desire to persevere.

-nothing is impossible.

Going to be a famous artist

Yes I long for the days when I can  decide to walk in my garden and then head to  my studio and paint. I could plan to travel to Mexico City for a workshop and stay at my Hacienda because it’s my place. What does it take? I read someplace that you have to walk your talk.

Some of the work that means the world to me.

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Some new stuff

I found a great quote for this happy guy.  Be Strong in Witt.

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Elvis walked around in an expensive jacket and pants. He took his guitar every place he went. YEAH …Elvis spent everyday living his DREAM until it actually came true! I’m going to do that.  I have BUT let’s be honest not exactly.  I’ve just been thinking. I mean I was on instagram posting my work. By my work I mean some good copy from Mary Kate Mcdevitt:

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and thinking how awesome Mary Kate Mcdevitt’s work is. I love her style and YEAH she gives speeches and teaches classes. She has books and OH I love her work. SO there I was posting MY WORK and noticed the same old same old brush lettering video. I see so many of these and then I see work I’ve never seen before..like gold watercolor or melted crayons melted  in an awesome heart shape and I ‘m like HOW DID THEY DO THAT. All I can think about is YES that’s  what I want. I am working on my story because I don’t want to compete. Yes I want to dominate with my story and my art.

Working on new stuff and exploring.  Working on my book.  Got to keep working!

-there are no impossibilities