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February 26, 2008

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Can I just add that it helps to have a body that will allow sustained effort? I am physically unable to work a full day at something and then work some more on something else in the evening. I seem to require more sleep than other people too, just to maintain my normal level of health. It's all very well for the few who can and do live an extremely productive life but it sure can be frustraing for those of us who have to accept less than the norm and then hear praises sung for the blessed.

Sorry. Guess that's a sore point for me.

this is my first visit here to your blog as a result of your mention of mine on your symbols of abundance post. thanks for that! i love spirit cloth as well and get much inspiration and peace from jude's words and images.
i'm not familiar with lisa (yet!). my approach has always been to go at my medium at least a little bit each day. to build it piece by piece, working at it passionately to make it my daily work. in this way i have come to have a 30+ year career in doing what i do. never had a day job. don't think about myself as an artist although it seems easier for others to look at it that way.
i enjoy the process of making,experimenting and creating things others enjoy.

Lainey - great post and recommendations. Yes creative work does require discipline, I would say dedication to the craft is one of the key things that 'makes' an artist.

Paula - thanks for mentioning my blog.

great post, i too have always loved lisa's work. she has a consistent vision and her execution is superb. she is one of the first links i added to my sidebar. i have followed her for a long time and i really like the honesty of her latest posting. she touches so many nerves about working and creating.
keep up the great blogging!

Elaine: Some more great thoughts on these subjects. I am even more impressed with Lisa now having learned more about her. Her quilts are great. Thanks for turning me on to them and her.

I think it's important to be able to work both the art side and the nurturing, "just for fun" side. e.g. I'm trying to stretch on the textile arts side, but I reserve knitting for fun and nurturance--not even trying to do any design work.

No TV really does help. I'm going for a year without it while I'm on sabbatical (although we do rent movies) and just not having the news on has been helpful to my creativity.

Work or art? How to balance. I'm trying to move toward a place where I can incorporate my art (although I don't think of myself as an artist, at least not yet) into my vocation. I'm fortunate to have one that may allow me to do that, but it will take work and concentrated effort to get there.

Thanks for the resources. I'm going to take a look at them.

Your discussions are most helpful and inspiring.

Hi Lainey
chec out http://www.wishfulthinking.co.uk/blog/
he has lots of stuff on organisational skills for creative people, why New Yew resolutions fail etc. and a free e book you might want to check out. lots of interesting stuff!
The TV is a huge drain on time. I am currently a single mum durig the week (due to shift work - nothing horrid!) and I am finding that instead of slumping in front of TV with tired from work husband I am turning it off and doing things! very productive. (ive also found that kids will watch ANYTHING on tv (even those pseudo current affair shows) but as soon as it is turned off they all find something else to do. Im tempted to freecycle the TV! the whole art/craft question aside - i do different things depending on my mood.... currently im in making useful things (craft) mood....I find making 'art' or 'craft' both relaxing/inspiring etc depending on the mood Im in.

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