Tuesday, January 24, 2006

chapter 9 check in

Week 9 check in. Although I have done my morning pages most days this week. I find that they are beneficial for getting the "junk" out as well as helping me to organize my day and re-evalutate my priorities. So they do serve a purpose for me, but I'm not so sure it the purpose Julia Cameron intended.

For my artist date this week I went to the James A Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa. They had a couple of interesting exhibits. The first was Radical Vision - The Revolution in American Photography.
The other two exhibits New Orleans: A Beloved City, Photographes by Michael A. Smith and last but not least an exhibit of work by Romare Bearden.
I went with my husband. Although the book says we should do our artist dates by ourselves, my husband and I only have one day off together so I don't adhere to that rule.
While I was at the museum, my husband bought a book for me on Sumi-e, which re-awakened my desire to learn. Sumi-e means black ink painting. I even found time last night to practice for an hour or so.
"If we study Japanese Art, we see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time doing what? In studying the distance between the earth and moon? No. In studying Bismark's policy? No. He studies a single blade of grass." -- Vincent Van Gogh

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

chapter 8

Artist Way Quilters: Chap 8 Check-in January 15, 2006">Chap 8 check-inChap 8 check-in I have not done well with my morning pages this week. Our break really took its toll on that morning habit. I only wrote 4 out of 7 days. Although I didn't doe them every day, on the days I did write it seems to come more easily.

I not only treatedmy artist well this week. She was spoiled rotten. It started on Thursday evening when I got together with two friends to knit. It was fun and it's always nice to be able to get together with friends who share in the same interest. Unfortunately I do not have any friends nearby who quilt. At least not yet.
Then on Friday, I arrived home from work to find no one but TWO quilting catalogs. I just love to look through quilting catalogs, even if I'm not interested in ordering anything at the time.
On Saturday I had my Saturday Sampler class. I've learned so much taking that class. I've done blocks that I'm not sure I would have tried yet if it were on my own. Going to their shop is alway so enjoyable for me. I walk out with my head full of quilts to be made, and very often my arms full of stuff to make them! And for my final moment of artist child gluteny, after wanting one for the past couple of years, I bought an Ott-Lite. It was on sale at 50% off. Without the sale I would have been without the light. So no more struggling to see what color blue that blue is. I had a couple of blocks to cut out and it went so much easier using the light. My artist child is skipping around and singing!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Chapter 7 check in

Artist Way Quilters: Chapter 7 Check-in The morning pages proved to be more difficult this past week. One day I completely forgot about them until the next day and one day they were evening pages instead. I am trying to get back into the swing of things after the holidays.

I went to see an art exhibit, Families by Deborah Maher being held in Lambertville New Jersey as my artist date this week. She does watercolors, which I love. The paintings were so free, so joyful.

I skated in the first night exhibition. I consider that taking an artistic risk. All things considered, it wasn't too bad. It felt really good to go out and do it and I really enjoyed myself. I wish I had skated a little better, but I'll work to improve so that next time I will skate better. I will attempt to post a picture in a day or two.

I enjoyed the tasks this past week and I am looking forward to going back to do the ones I didn't do.

One of those tasks, the five favorite films started out easy enough. Miracle, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Sea Biscuit. Trying to narrow down the last two was almost impossible. I put Roman Holiday and The African Queen. Up for the running was Apollo 13, Philadelphia Story, The Out of Towners (the old one with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis). Do I see any common denominators? Well, that's rather obvious, don't-cha think? I love to see the underdog succeed. I want to finish a movie feeling good, like anything is possible and I love a good romance.