Okay, it's not really on my table, but it's what I was working on this past week (and some paintings, of course), so I thought I'd stick with the normal Monday routine a little and use my usual title.
So, about that blog tour...I was invited to join in on the tour by TheresaÂ of Indigene Art Forms. Â This blog tour has been going on for a while, and everyone who participates gets to invite others, so there are lots of links to follow back through the tour. Â Give yourself a little gift and follow the link path--there's lots of great stuff to discover!
For the tour, I'm answering four questions about myself:
What am I working on?
Right now possibly the biggest thing is my 100 Paintings Project.Â I have always considered myself a writer who dabbles in art, but I am wanting to claim that title of "artist" for myself, and I'm starting with a big pile of paintings!
I'm also working on a really fun coaching circle (MuseCraftâ„¢ Explorers' Circle) that will be starting in July--I'm really excited about this--it's going to be a creative adventure!Â What could be better than that?Â Info and sign-ups are almost ready to fly out into the world--I'll keep you posted.
What else am I working on? (Because I'm always doing bunches of things, it's just in my nature.)Â Working on a new blog posting schedule and a couple of cool ideas for blog challenges for late summer and fall.Â Working on some downloadables that I think are going to be great fun.Â And working on, or at least thinking about, restarting my newsletter.
Things are going to be really exciting around here starting in the next couple of weeks, and I am thrilled that some of my ideas are going to get out into the world to share with everyone!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I'm still in the fairly early stages of my visual art work, but I think that some of my creativity coaching experience and my writing experience are making their way into my art and helping to put my own personal stamp on it.Â In coaching I work with making small changes a lot, and I find that I approach my paintings that way, adding a few dots here or lines there and then letting it be until the next idea comes.Â And from my writing I seem to have brought the idea of leaving some things to the viewer's imagination--I'm finding that I really like a small amount of detail and a lot of hints of things.Â I may branch out and do things like more shaded and detailed faces, etc., but right now I'm really enjoying what I'm doing.
Why do I write/create what I do?
My writing and painting tends to be about mysterious things--fairies and magic and secret things that are hard to see.Â I like to explore the ideas of hidden realms and magic in our own world in my writing, and this is starting to emerge in my painting as well.Â I don't have an explanation for why I love these things, though.Â I always have (my mother will tell you that by the age of two I had to watch every monster movie that came on, and I never missed a showing of Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz.)
I think we are born with a pull toward certain things.Â We often learn to cover it up, ignore it, pretend it isn't there, but our hearts have things they gravitate toward, and mine loves all things strange and weird and inexplicable.Â And I think it's very important to listen to what pulls your heart, and if you can't hear it or feel it any more, I think it's incredibly important to excavate for it.Â As Rumi said, â€œLet yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.â€
How does your writing/creating process work?
It works best in small bursts.Â I am rarely the sort who sits down to work and stays there for six hours.Â I lay down a layer of paint then wander off to do other things while it dries, then I come back and do the next bit--sometimes that means painting for ten minutes, other times I might be there an hour depending on what I'm doing.Â But bits and pieces and spurts work best for me.Â For writing, too--I write best when I set a time for ten or fifteen minutes and then sit back for a minute or two (or five if I need more coffee or tea), and then do it again.Â I guess I'm a sprinter rather than a marathoner.
So there's a little bit about me.Â Now the super-exciting part of the tour! Â I get to introduce you to some great fellow creatives who agreed to join in on this journey. Â Go visit their blogs and see what they're up to, and make sure to check in next Monday (June 9) for their blog tour posts.
Adriane is a creative human living in BC, who has on occasion been called a Renaissance Woman. Ever delving into the mysteries of the life of art and the art of living & sharing the journey via the interwebz.
You can find Adriane online at http://adriane745.wix.com/theartsyfartsychick
Paula is a memory keeper, making time and space for her creativity in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
You can find Paula online at http://keepitsimplemakeitgreat.blogspot.com/
Barbara is a writer, artist, and all-around creative making lots art and hosting meetings and workshops for fellow creatives in Oregon.
You can find Barbara online at http://www.barbaramartinart.com/
18 thoughts on “On My Table–A Blog Tour”
Honoured to be part of this blog hop. Thank you for the invitation.
Knowing more about you gives another cool layer of interpretation of your work.
Thank you so much for being part of this, Paula! I always enjoy our shared comments and stories, so you are so right. This gives another layer to our shares. (Also, sorry I took so long to get this comment up. I hadn't checked my spam filter, and this managed to slide in there for some reason.)
I so loved reading your answers to these questions and hearing about your Creative Process! I love that you embrace and know what works for you. It has definitely given me a greater appreciation of my own Creative Process and quieted that little voice that says "You are doing it wrong..."they" said to set a timer for 25 minutes not 5 or 10 minutes."
Great Blog! Love your art 😉 Thank you!
Thank you for stopping by, Jill! And thank you for your kind comments. 🙂
I'm so glad you are appreciating your own Creative Process. Everything that's out there, all the stuff that tells you rules and methods, is really just about possible things to try out as you explore your creativity. The wonderful, fantastic, love-it-so-much part about creative work is that it's all about doing it your way! It's yours, and you get to do it the way that feels good for you. Have fun!
Kim, I'm so happy you participated in the Blog Tour! I've learned so much more about you and your creative process! You have such a great approach to your creative process and life. So glad to know you!
Thanks, Indigene! I'm so glad you invited me and that we've met each other! It was a lot of fun. I love answering these kinds of questions--I seem to always uncover something about my process that I wasn't really aware of.
Hi Kim! I loved reading about how life and creativity roll for you. And the Rumi quote YES! I so love allowing and feeling the pull of the unseen and magical within. Leads to the pot of gold for sure. Big blessings to you!
Also I love your shifting perception from a writer who paints, to an artist!
Thank you, Jeanie! I love that quote and that feeling, too. And the perception shift is *huge*! Sometimes what we need most to move us along our path is a pause to shift how we're looking at things. I love how the brain works that way!
My goodness you are up to a lot! I love how you acknowledge all of those parts that call to you, and your dedication to writing about what you love (yay fairies!) 🙂 and to your art (I REALLY need to do one of those 100 days projects) 🙂 I ALWAYS love Rumi, and am going to pause after this and just listen, to feel that pull....thank you. 🙂
Lisa, I finally realized that all of these interests and things I love, they're all ME. Trying to narrow it down, focus on only one thing, anything like that makes me feel like something is missing. So I work to find the rhythm that lets it all flow together. It's a dance, for sure, but it's fun learning the steps. 🙂
And yes...listen and feel that pull. It will lead you to so much beauty!
Thank you so much for sharing this! Very interesting read!
Thank you, Rita!
It is so lovely to get a peek inside your world and your creative process. I love the pieces you are working on!
Thank you, Deanna!
Kim, I enjoyed reading this! Fairies and magic and secret things....I love those things, too! All things mystical. In the last few years, I have been drawn back to all the fairy tales and stories that I loved in my youth. I heard once that if you think about what made you happy when you were 10, and bring some of that back into your life, you will be happier! Anyway, great post!
Thank you, Amy! I love that idea about bringing back some of what you loved at age 10. I'm going to play with that! So glad you mentioned it. 🙂
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