So exciting to see Kim Gordon (formally of Sonic Youth) premiere a brand new song on her own. It's tough to do this, especially when you have been part of a band for over 25 years. Love her courage - and the song!
The woman who created this Broadway musical is looking for producers for her December 2016 engagement at La Mama Theatre in New York City. She is looking for Producers to support her endeavor in December. If you have any interest or know someone who might, please reach out to me and I will connect you to one of her producers here in Cleveland. Check out her show at http://chix6.com/.
It is with great excitement that I'm announcing the completion of my short film Water Breath Woman. Filmed in 2013, I prodded my way through learning Adobe Premiere and editing the film myself - finally completing it this summer. Thank you to everyone who helped me pull this together including the team at Stonehaven Studios in Cleveland, Ohio.
I am so very excited to announce that my new book is now available! This has been a labor of love and I'm very excited to see it in print. You can find it on Amazon.com and Apple iTunes Bookstore. This is a self-published book and is the best price I can offer without a publisher.
I'd love to hear from individuals and couples who carved on these trees from years ago. Although I don't support the carving of trees, I would be thrilled to hear their stores and the reasons and memories behind their carvings.
Thank you so much for supporting my work!
Goal setting and organizing tasks associated with reaching your goals can be daunting at times. However, benefits of staying on track with your goals include powerful results like achievement, financial reward, public recognition and success.
I am asked often about the best ways to organize creative goals and have designed a goal system that works well for me based on the influences of Steven Covey, GTD and Danielle DeLaporte. In year's past, I used to work with a spreadsheet to keep track of my goals. I would reference it periodically throughout the year, but I never found it very influential in my daily and weekly planning.
This year, I have created an excellent way maximize my goals using a simple journal and a regular weekly routine. It is simple. Low-cost. And has been extremely effective!
Step 1: Purchase a blank journal. Nothing fancy required. Lined or not-lined. Your choice. Here's an example. And another.
Step 2: Add an intention to your journal on the first page. For example: I open my arms wide and declare with love that I deserve and accept all good (a Louise Hay classic).
Step 3: List your yearly goals on the first two pages. I use this as a reference to keep me on task throughout the year. If find this helpful to keep me on track as it is an easy reference to monitor my success. This all works assuming that you have goals already. If you don't, check out The Desire Map to get you on the right track!
Step 4: To maximize this journal, you will want to write your weekly goals down on one page for each week. You can use your yearly goals as a guide. Make your weekly goals realistic and based on your availability. If you desire, add a deadline to a goal or task to keep you on track.
Step 5: Each week, write down a new to do list. I also make notes about any challenges or successes from the previous week.
With focus and dedication, your weekly tasks will help you reach your yearly goals and you will soon be on the track to success. The key is to create a weekly or monthly routine that you can commit to consistently. Remember, action on a consistently and regular basis leads to results. I recommend a weekly review. I do know some creatives who write their tasks down daily, but I found this too overwhelming and not as effective.
Don't let this year pass you by! Create long-term goals at anytime of the year and build the life that you truly want to live.
I believe that you consciously need to make space for your creative work. If you are a full-time artist, then your art can be all consuming, both with your time and energy. If you are a part-time artist, sometimes it is hard to find time to work on your art. This can be frustrating and can lead to a lack of motivation or procrastination.
To prevent burnout or launch your ideas or projects, you need to consciously give yourself space to do nothing. This means embracing complete and total self-care on a regular basis. Get a massage. Take a vacation. Go to your favorite performance. Take the day off. Give yourself time to do nothing. Doing this will give you the downtime you need to marinate on an upcoming project or come up with an idea to start one.
Several years ago, I was eating in a diner in New Orleans and overhead a gentleman speaking to his friend who said, "I am working on several projects right now." This complete stranger sent me into a spiral of self-defeat. At the time, I wasn't working on anything artistic. I was in a void of creativity. I remember mentally beating myself up for not having any creative projects at the time. I wanted to be like this man. Full of energy about my projects and excited to have several creative things swirling about me.
Looking back at this experience, I was in a personal transition in many areas of my life when this incident occurred. It wasn't that I didn't want to create. I just didn't have time nor the energy to pursue my creative ideas at that time. My energy was consumed by other things. I had no desire to create. I was creatively dormant.
I remember being frustrated as I waited for my creativity to emerge again. Many of my creative friends were working on their projects and I was completely uninspired. I longed for moments of silence. I spent time in nature. I passively observed the creativity of others. I wondered if my creativity would ever emerge again!
Then, a few months later, something happened. I started to feel creative again. It was like a burst of light pushed out of my being. Ideas started flowing. Fingers started typing. My mind felt open and free to explore new ideas, topics and things. Out of this positive energy expression came the ideas for not only a film but a photographic study as well.
Many famous artists and philosophers say that you know you are (in the right place / doing the right thing / in a great relationship / earning money) when you feel like you are in the flow. You are in the moment. At peace. You feel enchanted, light, magical.
So, how can you get to this place? Here are a few ways to maneuver your way there.
1. Be grateful where you are right now. Instead of worrying about improving your art or your practice, focus on your success right now. Cherish your latest work. Display your work in your house or studio so you can see your success right now. Cherish your work as is! Journal about your current work with questions like: How did creating this make you feel? What inspired you to create it? Is the art just for you or will you share it publicly? Where can this art take you? And, don't forget to explore the work that didn't turn out as you planned. Sometimes, your best work can be born from your greatest mistakes.
2. Be in the moment when you are creating. Silence or quiet time can lead you to your creative space within yourself. Consider meditating for up to 30 minutes before beginning your creative practice. This will be time well-spent to center your mind, body and spirit and focus your thoughts on creativity. When ready, you can spend time on manifesting the feelings you want to express when creating instead of focusing on technique or the final outcome. If you really enjoy creating to music, then put on your favorite artist and enjoy every moment!
These are just two ways to get your creative flow on...I'd love to hear more about what you do to get in the flow. Leave a comment on this blog or Facebook!
A friend recently confided in me that she was a having a hard time finding time to create. After a full day at work, managing her family and adding in mandatory workout time, she was frustrated that she had little time - and energy - left to work on her creative projects. It can be tough carving out time to create if you have a life full of responsibilities and obligations. But, it can be done!
Rule Number One: Make Time for Your Art
You must make your creative projects a priority in your life if you want to move them forward. It is essential to create time to work on your projects - even if you can only carve out a few hours a week. If you have a life partner, let them know how important it is for you to work on your projects and ask for their support by scheduling the free time you need to work on your projects. Or, find a friend who you can share your vision with and connect with them on a weekly basis and share your progress with them. You need to celebrate your art!
Even if you can only carve out one or two hours a week, you will begin to feel accomplished as you move through the months and the years. Be sure to add these creative times to your calendar. Hold yourself accountable for meeting with yourself.
Schedule an "art" vacation! Every quarter, take a few days off to work non-stop on your creative projects. If you art is mobile, schedule time away to really focus on your work. Take photos in Paris. Watercolor at the beach. Visit your favorite museums for inspiration. Dream about your upcoming artistic plans as you attend your favorite music or art festival.
Don't let life get in the way of your creative art!
Humans have been making art for thousands of years. The innate desire to process our emotions and manifest them into the physical form began with the cave paintings. The earliest humans would draw from their daily experiences and leave record of what they saw and how they lived.
It is important to make art - whether you self-identify as an artist or not! Art allows you to escape ego and tap into the deepest part of yourself. I believe that many of the best and most revered artists of our time tapped into their inner consciousness at the time they were making the art. They didn't let the "rules" of making art limit them. They used inspiration of nature or their personal life experience to create iconic art.
Why make art?
Some artists do it for the money alone. It is a talent they were born with and they use it to its maximum benefit. But, if you look beyond money, why create art? What is the point? I believe that is the paradox that artists struggle with constantly. "If someone isn't going to buy this, then why do I even bother?" is a familiar statement for many artists. The reasons you "bother" to create art are endless.
Here is just a short list of great reasons to create art:
I'd love to hear more about why you create art! It is important to have a mission statement as an artist - any artist! Sit down at your computer or with pen and paper and think about your reasons for creating your art. Here are a few examples for you!
I create my art to share love and peace with the world.
My art pushes the limits of photography through vivid colors and unique landscapes. I create this art to show nature in a whole new way.
My art is a fun way for me to express myself and show the world who I am!
Remember, your mission statement may change overtime as your art changes and you grow. Be sure to check in on your statement once a year and see if you need to write a new one or edit it.