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Do you Paint in Your Pajamas?

                                                               and other questions you have asked

 

    Where do you get your inspiration?

    For the most part I paint intuitively so am really inspired by my day to day life. I mostly paint figurtive work and abstract landscapes. I am inspired my nature, music, poetry and quotes. 

    How do you get it all done?

  First of all that is a myth - I don't get it all done! It is a well known fact that high achievers have lots of unfinished projects. Count me in on that! There are several reasons I get a lot done. I work a lot! My art is my business and my livelihood. I set goals and intentions. I schedule and create lists. I use software that keeps me on track. I still like to use a large paper daytimer. I plan my year, my month, my week and my day. I try hard to stay on target. I am mindful of time wasters. I have learned to say no to events and people that don't serve me. 

  When do you create?

 I have no set time so it varies from day to day depending on what else is on my schedule (I have 2 other businesses so I am often booked with appointments during the day.) I am not so good at creating at night anymore! If I have deadlines I am working on I go in my studio in the early morning around 5.00 and work until 7.00 or 8.00 before I start my real day. I find this easier to do in the summer when it is light out. I often grab a couple of hours in the late afternoon. 

Do you paint everyday? 

I try to although sometimes it is only for 10 minutes. 

How do you get into your flow state? 

I use a centering exercise or my chakra chimes to quickly get into a deep relaxed space where I am most creative. 

How do you stay so organized?

It is a facade! I work hard at it though. I categorize my tasks and bundle them together and spend chunks of time doing them. I use a pomodora timer to stay focused. I plan my menu and make meals ahead. I try hard not to multitask. I categorize all my art supplies and label them. 

What do you do to relax?

I try to go for a walk everyday - not only to relax but to create energy. Most days I either have a sauna or bath to unwind before bed. I journal and play the harp. 

When you are not working what do you do?

Well there is not to much time left over but I do like to schedule in music events several times a month. In the summer I enjoy getting out in the canoe and going camping. I like poking around in antique stores and home decor stores. 

How do you stay motivated? 

I have never had a problem with motivation probably because I have always loved my job. I have been self employed since 1983. I have worked from home since 1991. 

 Do you paint in your pajamas?

No! I am always dressed before I start my day. 

How old where you when you had your first business? 

I was thirteen. I sold Regal greeting cards door to door. I lived in the country so this was a lot of miles on a bike. 




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Is Fear Holding you back

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Sometimes fear masquerades as procrastination.

Are you scared to try new things - fearful that you won't be good at or you will fail? Are you scared to take a step to express your creativity because you can't even draw a straight line or you have always been told you weren't creative or that your brother or sister got all the talent in your family. Are you paralyzed by the thought of trying? Conjuring up worst case scenarios? Are you scared to enter a juried competition for fear of rejection? Are you afraid to take risks with your art work in fear of failing?

What if instead we focused on the positive aspect.

What if it was just an experiment. .......we cannot fail if we are experimenting. What if I actually did succeed - how would I feel? What if I did win? What if I did get accepted into the juried show. What about remembering other times in our life we have had success and imagine it could happen again with this new experience. And so what if we fail! Realistically what is the worst possible thing that could happen? How would you bounce back? Are your fears even real or validated or have they just grown into something larger than life? What if you wrote about in you journal or shared your thoughts with your best friend? Get your fears out of your head! Maybe a change in mindset is all that is needed. What if you just took a baby step - dip your toes in! Start moving forward one small step at a time. You will build momentum and your self confidence will grow.

So what are you waiting for?

If you have always wanted to do art  why not sign up for a workshop. If you are stuck in your art or don't know how to finish an evaluation/critique might be helpful. If you want to move forward in a big way with your art I have a year long  mentorship program.