Polishing the Silver

I tossed out all my flatware and replaced it only with silver. Real silver is a different experience to use. The fact that it needs lots of care is one of the most charming things about it. Like a poodle that needs to be clipped every 8 weeks, you should give your silver a good cleaning. Unlike the poodle, silver is actually being worn away overtime you polish it . bits of it as wearing off and going down the drain with the tarnish. Such a delicate thing to eat with, but that is what makes it wonderful. How like life it is, slowing wearing away till till has a lovely patina from some of the under metal showing through.

I love the imperfections it gets and I love the tarnish. Some people just leave the tarnish and enjoy that. I love the wearing away , the living part of it, the dying part of it. How much more precious is a thing that is not going to last forever here.

That is why I love silver. In all its phases it is beautiful and a physical reminder to me that life is precious .

The Art Group Exercise

The art group decided to spend two weeks without any superfluous  media. No radio going in the background, no netflix, no Facebook surfing. The Silence is our exercise. When you are used to nonstop all of the above , it is very refreshing and different to not be doing any of that. We have to write a lot though so all the inside voices can be heard. This is only day one. The hours droned by this morning. I kept stopping reaching for a knob or a dial or a button. No no no . silent.

I weeded  a lot and watered everything and then clean up the kitchen then organized the kitchen then polished all the silver( I have three sets) then cleaned out the oven. then bought some furniture and a couple of paintings.

busy . I am working on everything art related in my mind while by body does all this busy work. I want to talk to the art group and see how they are doing but can’t because no Facebook. So I am stuck writing to who knows who.  Time goes slower  and slower . This quiet is calming and focusing and interesting. And this is only day one. 13 days to go.

An Art Group

I recently started a little art group for support and idea sparking and growth with a few art people I know. This has been a great exercise in realizing some hopes and dreams that have been floating around in my mind. It is one thing to think things another to actually do them.

All the group members have valuable input and it is vastly easier to group think plans than just be alone mull things over.

The biggest difference is action. It is hard to say you want something to someone else and then not do all the steps to get it . If you are alone, you will find a million excuses why something can’t start yet or some other reason for inaction.

I highly recommend making a group of creatives for yourself to benefit each other. There are literally dozens of reasons for doing so,

let me list a few,

Networking.. You have no idea what someone else might know

Bolstering  It is easier to do something hard if you have a cheering squad in the background.

Critic  It is important to get an objective opinion. If some ideas are bad, let them go.

In the box thinking . The magic of a small group is you can focus . Restricting your number to a few is easier to have time for everyone to really talk.

Out of the box thinking really needs go go back into the box for awhile for thinking about HOW to do what you want to do,

Group think is better than just one person thinking.

Various points of view are helpful because that is what your target audience is going to have. Finding a niche is great but it doesn’t mean that your niche thinks exactly the same .

Growth and Goals. It is hard to come to group and not have done something in the way of progressing toward the goal you said you had out loud in front of us.

Tweeking ideas can be done efficiently in a group . Groups are not perfectionistic and you will avoid falling down that hole. (example I spent 5 months trying think of my mission statement but I wrote it out in one night with a small group.

Avoid feeling alone with your problems. Hearing what others are striving to do and having to overcome is inspirational and sometimes you need a little boost,

Stories. you hear the different ways people go about doing something and it can help you with what you might be stuck on.

Encouragement You can see yourself as not just a little thing but actually a big deal .Really seeing other artists lives helps you see that you are important too and on a mission that is not to be taken lightly. Artists have pretty amazing powers and you are in that group so you must have amazing powers too.

Mirror. I hold my painting up to a mirror to see them differently. More removed.

A group will do that too when you bring your work to show.

Artist are a soft belly sort of people and it is good to protect each others belly emotionally.

These are just a few reasons. Go make one today.

The best possible scenario

Art is a weird job. You paint or draw or sculpt and create things that have never been made before. You don’t know how it will turn out. Its a surprise to you when it is done. You are almost like a baker watching the oven to see how what you made will transform into a delicious treat.

Creating something is part A.

Part B is finding a person who will need what you made  in the deepest part of their being.

You think that is an exaggeration. It is not. To connect emotionally with a work of art is just that and only that. There is some part of you that actually is starving for this thing that you get from the art. When you find that particular piece you will feel full in your soul.

Art feeds people.

The most fulfilling thing for the artist is being with a person who is getting full. Then you have the greatest satisfaction in the world . You are connecting with the buyer on a personal level.

The circle is complete .