Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Change of Scenery

Cat painting on her deck
©2014 Cat Tesla

Things don't always line up the way you want. Challenges, obstacles, interruptions, and irritations happen. It's important to adjust expectations along the way.

I love painting outside. But with all the rain the weather hasn't been good. It's been gloomy and gray. Even so, I managed to find a pocket of time when things were dry. I wasn't thinking about painting at the time, but an "opening" appeared. I hung a 48"x60" canvas on the deck that I had been working on and put the finishing touches on it. It felt great. Later the same day the weather turned breezy, drizzly, and colder.

Robert Genn aptly describes "getting in the zone" in order to create. "When artists step into their workspaces they enter a unique and private world of think and do. For some artists, a few minutes are all that is needed to shake off the outside clutter. Others never do and their art may suffer for it. It's my view that a sense of purity and ego-force, unsullied by guilt or anger, is vital to the free flow of creativity and productive work. The result of this clarity is a steady and almost dreamlike flow of one thing after the other." (Robert Genn, http://clicks.robertgenn.com/think-and-do.php)

Being open to pockets of time, pockets of possibilities, and taking advantage of what is presented to you is a great joy. Sometimes you just have to be willing to open your eyes to see it.

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." (Lao Tzu)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Take a Break

©2014 Cat Tesla

Some days I’m on top of the world and some days I want to lay on the couch, eat potato chips, and watch old Seinfeld episodes. There are days as an artist where you don’t feel very creative. You’re tired, you’re not in the right head space, and the well feels dry. For me this is a sign to take a break. Doing something physical usually helps. I like to garden and this activity somehow gets me back on track. Other times I escape with a book and a glass of wine. Or go hiking. Whatever it is for you, it’s good to relax and have fun. Stepping away from the easel can be one of the most important things you do for your art.