Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers! Have you ever been on a sailboat? I love the quiet, the smell of the ocean, the concentration on which way the wind is blowing and is the sail luffing? We sailors have a term called “coming about”. It means when you are changing direction or tacks according to a change in the wind, or to take advantage of the wind. The mainsail needs to swing quickly across the bow, and the sailor needs to say “Coming About!”, less the other folks in the boat get whacked by the sail and catapulted into the sea. Everyone aboard needs to coordinate their body weight and movements quickly so the boat doesn’t capsize.
It’s mid -Summer and I like to pause and reflect about the year so far. How’s your year going? What are you most proud of? What would you still like to accomplish in the days ahead? Is it time for you to “come about” in some area of your life?
This is not a rhetorical question. I challenge you (gently) to ask yourself, and share below in the comments what you most truly want to be, do and have in the next 3-6 months.
Ok, I’ll start, since I brought it up! I intend to be more calm, centered and find joy in everyday things. I would like more than anything to move people with my art work so much that they collect it for their home or place of work. I plan to research and find gallery representation to help me with that. And finally, I wish to share all that I know with you, my readers, and fellow artists so that we can together bring joy and beauty to the world around us.
It’s my firm belief that the world with all it’s war, poverty, and suffering needs artists. The more artists the better. We are the dreamers, the visionaries, the creators. We inspire, lead and teach others. Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now….
So tell me, what’s your most fervent wish for yourself, your art making or your whatever makes you tick? Let’s start a good thread here and keep the conversation going. Be brave. After all, isn’t that what making art is all about? Expressing yourself.
Ok, it’s back to the studio for me. I’m working on quilting my abstracts, and dreaming up new art. Here’s a pic of the new one:
I think I’ll call it Coming About, inspired by sailing on a blue ocean, and changing direction with the wind.
Speaking of the ocean, how about a beachy challenge? If you love the beach like I do, and have always wanted to make a beach themed art quilt, I’m issuing a challenge for the next month or so. Anyone can participate, regardless of skill level. As an added bonus, .a lucky winner gets a free 1 hour art quilt coaching session with moi. Sounds fun? It will be, let me know in the comments if you are in.
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