Please accept my apologies for not doing this yesterday; I went out to dinner last evening and by the time I got home, my brain was mush. Mushy brain doesn't make for good blogging, or good anything really.
Seriously folks - I can't thank you enough for spreading the word on the giveaway. It means so very much to me as I emerge back into the creative blogging world. As far as I'm concerned, you are each winners. When I saw that you shared so many amazing and practical tips on fitting art into your life, I just knew I had to condense them and post in one spot. (Besides, it's kind of fun making y'all wait a tad longer to see who won; I'm evil like that.)
One of my absolute favorites was this: "The only reliable method I know for making art in my life is to do it first. It's easier said than done. Art seems like it should be a reward for getting work & chores done, but I find that if I don't do it first, I may not do it at all. Plus, it always puts me in a better mood to start the day with art!" -Michelle Mach . She is totally right and I decided to let her choose an 8x10 print of mine or a copy of the book since i was so smitten with her wisdom. So Michelle, please contact me and let me know your choice by Tuesday, the 21st of March.
Unfortunately, to post each comment here would span pages & pages ... so i simplified and summarized. To see ideas in their entirety, go through the comments on this post.
- Set an alarm and go create: Make an appointment with yourself and treat it as much of a priority as getting up in the morning.
- Wake up earlier or go to bed later: Squeeze in the quiet time when everyone else is asleep.
- Keep it accessible: Keep materials & projects in progress close at hand so you can squeeze in a few minutes here & there.
- Listen to audio books instead of reading: This frees your hands to create.
- Plan creative outings: They are as important as date nights with your significant other.
- Carry a camera at all times: Photography is a perfect, sometimes quick way to express creativity, document your life and generate ideas.
- Have a travel kit: Stick your favorite supplies into a small bag and tuck it into your purse. When a few spare minutes pop up, you're ready to create.
- Invest in a small idea book: Keep a small notebook handy to jot down creative ideas on the go.
- Get & stay organized: The less you have to clean or hunt supplies, the more time you have to create.
- Craft in public: at restaurants, waiting at the dr's office, etc etc.
- Multi-task: If you love your evening tv shows, work while they are on.
- or Kick the television to the curb: you may be surprised just how much free time this generates.
- Lists are good: Make art a priority on your to-do list.
- Commit to a 365 project: whatever your medium, make a public commitment to do it daily & be accountable by sharing with the world.
- Browsing Counts: Checking galleries, reading blogs, paging through magazines... if it inspires you, it's honoring your creativity.
- Create Routines: Grab a glass of wine and wind down while sketching. Doodle while drinking your morning coffee. It just takes 28 days to make a behavior a habit. Use that.
- Mix work and play: Find an aspect of your job that would benefit from a creative class.
- Give Handmade: Instead of buying cards, create them. Instead of buying gift wrap, make it.
- Turn off the electronics: Shut down the computer. Turn the ringer off your phone. Let your thumbs rest from texting. Enjoy the spare time.
- Put your money where your mouth is: When you take the plunge & splurge on a class or specific materials, you are more apt to use them and follow through.
- Embrace assembly lines: It's a given to create multiple pieces at once.
- Join a group: Find a local art guild, craft club or start one yourself. The regular meetings are sure to keep creativity in your life.
- Learn a new skill: Tired of the same ol' same? Choose something you've wanted to do for awhile and learn it. Practice not only makes perfect, it keeps you creating.
- Rethink Social Outings: Instead of going to dinner, go paint pottery. Instead of seeing a movie, host an art party.
Any additional ideas? I'd love to hear them ... and I'm sure you'd love to know who won by now...
So break out the balloons and toss the confetti... the winners are:
- 1 copy of Art at the Speed of Life (huge thanks to Interweave for generously donating it!) - Barbara I - bkisrael
- 1 11"x14" print of my artography piece 'knowing' -Rosie, Rosemary Rowe
- 1 16"x20" print of my artography piece 'soul's estate' --Laurie Blau-Marshall
- 1 8"x10" print of my artography print 'move among mysteries' -Lisa Crofts
I decided to pick 5 more random names for a random print of mine ...
- Letha Richardson
- Vicki Cook
- Kim Tedrow
- Shelley (lvlymrse)
- Sheri Weistaner
Would y'all contact me by Tuesday, the 22nd of March please? You forefit your prize if you don't.
Thanks to everyone for playing, and I hope you'll stop back next week to see what I'm giving away next. Help me keep the giveaways a regular event... buy a print or a small, affordable piece of original art. I'd be ever so grateful.