Thursday, March 25, 2010

What's that you say? Have fun?

Nothing too earth shattering today.  About 10 or so years ago I really fell into a rut.  I was so worried about marketing my art-what would sell, who would buy it, will I have to take my art out of state, etc.-I forgot the shear joy in creating!  That's when I decided that enough was enough.  I gave it up almost completely and went to work at a dental lab.  I was worried that I would forget how to paint but I think having a nice long break, without the pressures of producing for market, was good for me.  I still kept my hand in it some but didn't focus on it all the time.  In other words, I wasn't obsessed.  Now that I'm back in the groove I have started experimenting again.  Taking some risks...uh oh, pretty scary.  But that's good for us to do. We will be able to find something  new about ourselves and our talent.

My message today is:  HAVE FUN. Keep a positive attitude.  Remember this talent has been given to you and it is a blessing.


Art History Moment:  I'm not going to talk about anything specific today.  The reason why art history attracted me so much is that you can't study the art without studying the culture where the art is produced.  Delving into an area you'll find that you will learn in a roundabout way the politics, religion, time period, customs, etc.  It's like eating a yummy candy bar-just full of hidden delights.  I found this out when I was studying Japanese art that was taught by Lenox Tierney (GREAT teacher) at the University of Utah.  The professor had lived in Japan pre WWII and he had pictures of places that he had taken that don't even exist today as they had been bombed.  Wow.  Along with learning about the art we also talked about the customs.  It was fascinating.  I actually think that studying art history is much more of a privilege than regular history.  What I mean by that is-you get to learn all the regular stuff but it's spiced up with the artistic work of the people.  What could be more intriguing that that?

7 comments:

Linda Tunnell said...

Very Cute picture Julie!

Julie said...

Thanks, Linda! It's kind of a tongue in cheek one but I think it gets the point across.

andrea said...

I've been tempted to take a break and get a properly paying job, too -- but I'm having too much fun! :) Nice post.

Julie said...

Thanks so much! Yeah, the regular money is a plus but then you're working for someone else and it's often not creative. Not good, for sure.

Maria Wiley said...

Hi Julie! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog! No, those eggs are not made by me unfortunately ... they are Hungarian Easter eggs. I will have to learn how to make those one day :-D cheers, Maria

Maria Wiley said...

(not sure if my first attempt was successful)

Hi Julie! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog! No, those eggs are not made by me unfortunately ... they are Hungarian Easter eggs. I will have to learn how to make those one day :-D cheers, Maria

Maria Wiley said...

Hi again Julie,
Thanks also for following my blog and for your lovely comments on my work :-D I look forward to seeing yours also and getting to know you better :-)
cheers from Down Under!
Maria

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