For the first time in many (many) years I am feeling festive. I have declared this fun fact to many of my nearest and dearest. I'm not sure anyone quite understands just how miraculous this feels to me. I am reveling in the feeling. And so, for now, I simply want to say... thank you for being part of my journey, thank you for sharing my joy, and have a blessed and happy holiday season.
Lindy (and Baxter, too.)
It's an interesting thing, this exploration of art and life.
I am not a typical artist (is there such a thing?) I do not have a fine arts degree... I do not have a background in fine arts nor did I grow up in a culturally rich environment.
I DID grow up in a very creative family... my father was an incredibly talented and probably frustrated artist. He could draw anything and one of my favorite memories is the mural he drew on the kitchen wall in oils depicting a winter snow scene. And my mom... well she could whip up curtains, coverlet and pillows in an afternoon without aid of a pattern (she did this on occasion.)
So the creative blood flows through these veins for sure..... and I'm so happy that I have found myself navigating this path. I learn something new, fresh, and amazing daily. One thing that I wasn't prepared for, though, was this idea of the starving artist. I mean, yes, I'd heard that phrase... but, I really had no idea how much this idea permeated our own culture.
I am feeling a little more fired up than usual about this topic because of an online group I belong to. A question was posed by a disappointed artist who had signed up for yet another course promising to teach how to not only make a living but become rich by selling your artwork. She felt scammed because the content was not focused on how to go about building an art business, rather it was about how to host webinars much like the one she was attending. It was rather like the old ads in the newspapers claiming to teach you how to make a million dollars, just send $1 in a stamped self-address envelope and the advice was 'place an ad in the newspaper.......'
I wasn't fired up about her disappointment or the fact that she was trying to discover how to create a business for herself... I was more taken aback by the group's host response. She said that (true) artists are not in it for the money... they are in it to create beauty in the world or to tell a story visually.
And granted, these things can definitely be true. HOWEVER, that does NOT mean we can't build a business or aspire to live abundantly or successfully (however we define this for ourselves) through our art. It's a crazy notion. And even more than that, it's a harmful one. We are being taught that somehow the desire to earn money makes us less than.
I'm calling Bullshit. Stop this insanity. Artists who follow their passions deserve support.... not disdain simply because they are trying to make money.
The world of art is definitely changing because of the internet. No longer is there one clear definition about what success looks like. And now more than ever it has become very accessible to the many. And more art in the world? Can that really be a bad thing?
Art heals. Art transforms.
Stepping down now, from my soapbox.
I am still processing. But I am still here. And I feel the need to make a declaration.... a manifesto of sorts...
BUT... I will not be naive.
I WILL MAKE MISTAKES
I believe together we can make a difference.
In just 3 short weeks the doors to The Collage Cafe will be opening. Drop in and say hi. 912 Sherman Ave, Evanston IL 773-837-4433. I look forward to meeting you soon! #evanstonsmallbiz #dreamcomingtrue #thecollagecafe #motivateandinspire
I love books... I really love books... and craft books.... well they hold a special place in my heart. I love seeing the pictures, the new techniques, and there is very little that I don't want to try.
But. Here is a secret... I don't seem to make the time to work through many of the fabulous books I have on hand.
If you are anything like me, you have accumulated quite the collection. So I have come up with the antidote. The Collage Cafe is going to create a monthly book club. But this one has a unique twist. The books we will review will be our beloved craft/maker/artsy books. And we won't just review the books.... we will dig in and together decide which one of the fabulous techniques we'd like to try that month. Then, as a group we will dive right in and teach ourselves and each other the great techniques! I can't wait. If this sounds fun, go ahead and leave me a comment or send me an email and I will be sure to send you information when we are ready to launch.
What is one of your favorite craft books that you've never read....?
Living a joy*filled life is a top priority. Here I will share what I learn along the way.