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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

To Everything There is a Season?

Except in my studio!!!
I've come to a conclusion... I am not a seasonal artist. Nope. Never. Not gonna happen.
For years, I've beaten myself up about this. I keep saying "If you're ever going to be "in the game" of this business, you've got to think ahead... plan ahead... and work on seasonal themes way before those seasons actually arrive." Then those seasons come and go, and I still have nothing prepared. I get frustrated with myself for not being organized enough to realize those business goals.
But I had an epiphany this past week. That way of doing things is not my goal. Yes, it's a business. And I do need to keep that at the forefront of my plans. But it's not 'me' to create that way. One of my major life goals is to "live in the now". That's me. Every day is sacred. Every day is precious. I  don't want to be surrounded by pumpkins in May, Santas in June, and Uncle Sams in December. What's more is that I am not even inspired in the least to work that way. Even "in season" I have a hard time "forcing" a themed doll or art piece. And while this is a business, it's also art, and I am just no good at trying to force anything.

Others do it beautifully. It "is" how they are inspired. They have a tremendous capacity to let the creative juices flow, and create within the themes that make perfect sense from a business perspective. I admire them. But I cannot compete with them. And I'm going to stop making myself feel bad about that.

In fact... today is my "Independence Day" of sorts. I am freeing myself from the expectations that I have placed on myself, and am going to enjoy the artistic journey wherever it brings me... through whatever season. I will enjoy everyone else's seasonal work with joy and enthusiasm without ever again wondering "what's wrong with me" that I can't get my act together.
My "act" is together! I'm just in a different play :)


mystele said...


Candy said...

YOU GO GIRL!!! What a freeing conclusion. Frustration comes when we try to walk in another gals high heals for this flip-flop girl.
Out visiting my newest followers and just come to say WELCOME!
Love your photography.
Blessings ;-)

Mary C. Nasser said...

Awesome Independence Day post!!

So glad I found you through the miz kate dot com Artist blog hop!
I am your newest blog follower. :)
Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

Mary C. Nasser

Kaz said...

I just read your blog and boy can I relate to it. I am always bashing myself over the head about not being more business and less artist. We are what we are and that is Artist. Business happens if it happens. I read so much about people that just stumble into money with their art. They didn't plan on making money, just art so that's how I plan to carry on. The money making part seems to stifle my creativity somehow. If it happens it happens. Your a wonderful artist so just keep doing what your doing


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