September 2019

September 2019

Taking a chronological approach rather than sorting my categories this month. Trying to see what feels natural. Here are the bits & bobs I collected during September….

“A woman artist is not deprived by cooking and having children… one is in fact nourished by this rich life, provided one always does some work each day; even a single half hour, so that the images grow in one’s mind.” Artist, Barbara Hepworth via @lenkaclayton

Fascinated by this 1960’s Show & Tell mini television.

“The internet has a 3 day memory. Create one awesome thing and figure out how to talk about it in 1 million different ways.” via @lilahhiggins

Tim Piastrelli on the iteration of human experience in this podcast with Becca. He also talks about how the internet is made for innovation rather than longevity.

Loving Frannerd’s decision to screen print on used t-shirts. Kind of wanting to try my hand at it now. Would anyone like a Kindle Curiosity tee?

Going all heart eyes over the Studley Tool Chest.

This video of artist Lenka Clayton chatting about her process. (I can’t wait until we start our mentorship next year!)

Nathan & I have been enjoying Netflix Blown Away glass blowing show. I wish it showed a bit more of the process, but what it does capture is fascinating!

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Notes from Chapter One

  • “One of our chief needs as creative beings is support. Unfortunately, this can be hard to come by.”
  • “Many artists never receive this critical early encouragement. As a result, they may not even know they are artists at all.”
  • “Caught between the dream of action and the fear of failure, shadow artists are born.”
  • “Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.” C. G. Jung (note to self: I should read Jung.)
  • “I believe if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none.” Ben Shahn
  • “Artists themselves but ignorant of their true identity, shadow artists are to be found shadowing declared artists.”
  • “Shadow artists often choose shadow careers – those close to the desired art, even parallel to it, but not the art itself.”
  • “Shadow artists did not receive sufficient nurturing. They blame themselves for not acting fearlessly anyhow.”
  • “In order to move from the realm of shadows into the light of creativity, shadow artists must learn to take themselves seriously. With gentle, deliberate effort, they must nurture their artist child. Creativity is play, but for shadow artists, learning to allow themselves to play is hard work.”
  • “It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time.” (Isn’t this what we’re all trying to do on social media?)
  • “Most blocked creatives carry unacknowledged either/or reasoning that stands between them & their work.”
  • “Affirmations are like prescriptions for certain aspects of yourself you want to change.” Jerry Frankhauser
  • “If we can become one-tenth as good at positive self -talk as was are at negative self-talk, we will notice an enormous change.”
  • “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” Thoreau
  • “It is always necessary to acknowledge creative injuries and grieve them. Otherwise they become creative scar tissue and block your growth.”
  • “Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage.” Claude M. Bristol

Really thinking a lot about identity and my strengths and weaknesses as I enter motherhood. First I had earth shifting aha moments from discovering my Sparketype (Maven / Maker.)

This led me back to my Strengths Finder results (Input, Strategic, Learner, Achiever, Intellection.) Both encourage me to take time to research and catalogue new things.

And after years of uncertainty I decided I’m an Enneagram 4w5. This was after reading The Road Back to You which I’d highly recommend if you’re not sure of your type.

 

Finally, the garden is overrun with grass, but I was delighted to spy a monarch butterfly and two monarch caterpillars on my White Milkweed! I’ll be sure to plant even more next year.