What is the Best way to show your art?

 art in the entry lobby of Caldwell banker lobby

art in the entry lobby of Caldwell banker lobby

New Year’s is a time to restructure, reexamine and reassess those actions which have been taken to move toward a goal. The first step is to have the goal clearly in mind. The difficulty comes when I enter the labyrinth and become dazed and confused. As a Myers-Briggs personality type of extrovert intuitive, I am reactive and focussed frequently on trying to soothe, help and educate others.

The journey is to learn how to make myself a calmer more fulfilled person. My goal is to be the type of person who just plain raises the Vibe. So part of my maketing plan is to sit meditation every day. Part of my marketing plan is to get my art out into public spaces to be discovered by people who are setting up house.

Also, assessing what possibilities exist for me that I haven’t paid attention to in the past can be valuable. All around me are methods of support. Awareness. Listening. Keeping my seat, as Pema Chondra recommends.

The best way to show your art is to fully understand what you are doing as an artist and as an agent. As we are headed into the year of the Ox, it is good to know what the path is and pay attention to the yoke. It is all a big yoke anyway….says the smiling Buddha.

How do we assess our place in the world? New Year’s Questions

Self series

Self series

I grew up in the U.S. school system which pretty much treated us like laboratory rats. We were measured, weighed, tested, assessed and compared from the time I was in kindergarten on.
My report cards kept reflecting that I was “unlike” other students. This presentation of anomaly was particularly problematic in the pool of acceptability.
I was slow to learn to read. Having to stay in at recess and after school until I caught up with the other third graders was humiliating. With hindsight I see what a dedicated, kind and disciplined teacher I had the luck to experience.
By grade eight I was reading at first year university level. We were streamed in grade nine after an appropriately named “battery” of tests. Separated from all of the lower cohorts, I was grouped with only those whose goal was university. In fact, over 80% of those I attended middle school and high school with went on to get a graduate degree as did I.
In grade 12 I knew exactly what position I held in the 368 students who graduated that year. We had access to the information at any time. I fought tooth and nail for position 35 and had aspirations for position 30. My 25 percentile ability in math held me back. Basically, I was informed in curtained language that I was a math idiot.
In grade 11 I and my other “geekdom” dwellers who had scored in the top 95% of all high school students in the United States for academic ability were gathered to sit in chairs in a row on the gym floor. Over 1,000 students were ushered in to look down on us. The honor was usually for the jocks. Once a month the entire school for forcefully herded down to cheer at them. Now it was our turn. There was NO enthusiasm on either side. We felt marked out like trapped animals and they felt hostile at worse and totally bored with our presence at best.
What has the experience left me with? A competitive nature even with myself.
Probably, this is one of the reasons even though I received three academic degrees by the time I was 22 years of age, that I love multi-media art. I work alone. I work without an audience. I work without words. My work is strange, unique and incomparable. What a blessing.

self portrait, too many thoughts, visions

self portrait, too many thoughts, visions

New Year’s Resolution kept by what percent of the population?

Couple in inner city park $5 fridge magnet

Couple in inner city park $5 fridge magnet

According to Ross Freake in today’s Courier, only 28% of people keep their new year’s resolutions. My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to be more mindful of my use of time.

$5 mdf fridge magnet, tropical flowers

$5 mdf fridge magnet, tropical flowers

Old patterns are easy. Like trenches down a hill side, the water of time runs in those dug out places that practice has created. Did it work? Is it the best use of my time? Is it moving me toward my goals? These are questions I have looked at all morning.

magnet collection on cookie sheet, each for sale by artist

magnet collection on cookie sheet, each for sale by artist

My body wants to leap up and begin to do that which the mind has trained it to do, but I resisted and sat for hours this morning drawing up a calendar. Most of the morning passed in examining last year and looking toward next year. What is it I want? What can I do to move toward that which I want?

Cheerful flowers with jewels, $10

Cheerful flowers with jewels, $10

Calendar. Blocking out time. Watching the mind as it pulls like a four year old on one’s hands to become engaged in ceaseless and senseless activity.

Promoting my classes is a priority and allowing others to view my work for sale is right up there as well.

So:

Jan 10th, Saturday 10 am to 2 pm

A Gift of Yourself: Creating a Chapbook

Make a stunning hand made book of images, pictures, poems

Adult and Teen, $50

$5 comic fridge magnet

$5 comic fridge magnet

Jan 17th, Saturday 10  to 2 pm

Making Scrapbook Cards

Ages 11-16, $50

$5, mdf magnet StarFire

$5, mdf magnet StarFire

Jan 24, 10-1pm

Poetry for the Fun of It

Explore your creative side in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere

Ages 14-17

Pink nude standing, heart jewel earrings

Pink nude standing, heart jewel earrings

Jan 26 – March 9 Term Class

The Craft of Creative Writing

Explore Blog writing, creative non-fiction, creative fiction

with support and guidance.

UBC Continuing Studies

http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/continuing studies

250-807-8177

hand painted nude magnet $5

hand painted nude magnet $5

Jan 31, 10-2 pm

Writing Colorful Poetry

Use your love of color to inspire beautiful poetry

Adults and teens, $50

$10 hand painted fridge magnet, blue waves

$10 hand painted fridge magnet, blue waves