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Friday, February 12, 2016

The Artistic Time Warp

Sometimes art is just hard.

Working as an artist is actual  work--but some folks don't get it.

Yes, there will always be a faction of people who think it is nothing but fun. Grrrr. Or unimportant. GRRRR. Or silly. GROWL!



But on the other side of the art coin there are those glorious times where we just lose time, and ourselves, in our art. It is just short of what some may call a religious experience. It is meditation, creativity, and connecting with something--a higher power, an energy flow--I'm not quite sure...but it rocks.



Yes, we all start somewhere, and we are usually not that great. But with practice we can get closer and closer to good.

So practice if you love it, and keep your fingers crossed for those space time continuum moments.

Don't forget to enter the Fabulous February Faber-Castell Giveaway right HERE! Good luck--I love those pens, you will too.

xo 



***UPDATE--as an after thought...I actually feel lucky to be doing this every single day, and although the above things happened, I will no longer complain! I do NOT want to look a gift horse in the mouth (we have to look up the meaning of that phrase...) so from now on only motivation. 

58 comments:

  1. Your birds are beautiful. Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you so much Valerie! Art life is great, isn't it? Have a lovely week! xo

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  2. Beautiful birds. Yes u are right some people don't get that working as an artist/designer is hard work. Happy PPF

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    1. Yes--but I am grateful for every single moment that I get to do it. Thanks Clare! Hope you are keeping warm--it is cold here! xo

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  3. Your birds are really gorgeous .. love your work. hugs, Donna

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    1. Thank you Dorothy! Have a lovely week. xo

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  4. Your Buttercup Crow is so sweet, love his little face, I think he may be a baby crow. The flowers are so pretty too.
    Nice discussion on being an artist, we do get some interesting comments like "You are so lucky you can draw" and "Wish I could paint" and so forth. I agree that when we are In the Flow it is a great experience.

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    1. Yes I think he is a baby too, hanging out in the buttercups. Yes! It's the flow! We get to sit and listen to other worlds. xo

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  5. I love this post and yes, you're right, it is a form of meditation (apart from when things go wrong and the swear words flow - or maybe that's just me!!) it is like connecting to source when you lose yourself in a piece so much you don't bother to stop for lunch and have to drag yourself away from the paints at the end of the day! Your birds are fabulous - I love the perspective of seeing right into the crow's open mouth!

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    1. Oh no it is certainly not just you Nic! And that is exactly it--you have to drag yourself away...it's so hard. Some days I don't want to do anything else--not even eat! And thank--that crow has a lot to say. xo

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    1. Why thank you William! Have a lovely week. xo

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  7. great points, and I love those birds-especially the first one. Happy PPF!

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    1. Thanks Linda! I love crows. Have a lovely week. xo

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  8. great crow and yes you are right

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    1. Thank you Sandy! Have a great week. xo

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  10. Spot on Dea! Love your adorable bird...so cute!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Thank you thank you Giggles! I love them too! xo (Birds I mean... ;) )

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  11. Dea, I always enjoy seeing your very professional drawings as well as the ones just right for children's books. Your talent is amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much Faye! My favorites are the kid's book drawings--I could do them all day and night. I really appreciate your kind words. Have a lovely weekend. xo

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  12. Love the crow. I agree, some people just don't get it or get us. hope you have a peaceful weekend.

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    1. Thanks Jo! It's OK because we actually get to do that art. xo Great weekend to you too!

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  13. Happy PPF! Lovely drawings and your words are always uplifting! have a beautiful weekend! Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks Cozy! Hope you have a great weekend too--I have my fingers crossed that my pipes don't freeze. xo

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    1. Thanks Christine! Have a great weekend and stay warm! xo

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  15. To balance between flow and madness is my problem.Flow is an addictive state of mind and I tend to get too deep into that feeling, it's hypo mania. And to fall down from up there, oh, that's not pleasant.

    I liked your text, art is to practice and practice and I believe that as long as we are able to learn something new, we're staying amateurs ;) When we stop learning, we have dropped dead :D

    Your birds make me want to sing long!

    Thanks for your comment in my blog, I've made another male earlier in the 29 faces and there are more to come.That was one of my goal: to draw more men, not only beautiful, young women.

    https://susupetalart.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/face-229-kasvot/

    (sorry for spelling mistakes, greeting from Finland)

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    1. How exciting--Finland! Thank you so much for coming by! If you have pictures of Finland I would love to see more. Looking forward to more men. ;) Have a lovely weekend Susu! xo And thank you for your uplifting words.

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    2. Hi Dea, I have also a photo blog, if you want to look at photos from Finland and other places, just choose the category you're interested in.

      https://susupetal.wordpress.com/

      Have an inspirational week!

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    3. Oh thank you! I will look right now--I love the images--looking forward to it. I have not been able to travel a lot lately--so I do it vicariously. Thank you for telling me. xo

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  16. I love that as a professional artist, you draw in a variety of genres. I think that keeps ones work fresh. Although I have a BFA, I've focused primarily in the education world for years. With 2 girls, I only have a side art business. I know the art world is a very competitive, it's hard to have a steady income, and it's not always well appreciated. However, once my youngest finishes her degree, I plan to retire from the education world and focus solely on my artwork. Just like you, I can experience heaven when working on my artwork. Blessings!

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    1. It is hard, especially in the beginning to make money. I am sure you are looking forward to the time you can devote your days to creativity. I feel lucky every day. I have one son in college right now and would a little scared if I didn't have a husband who has the steady income. The other thing is it seems those odd, mystical moments happen most to me in the middle of the night--so maybe you have to be deliriously tired. Only half kidding. Have a lovely weekend Arnoldo! xo

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  17. Great post. Yes some people just don't get it. I really like your art.

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I should not ever complain--I love what I do. xo

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  18. Oh your birds are beautiful. Some people never will get what being an artist is like. Keep creating, I love your work.

    Kate

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    1. Thank you thank you Kate! I am no longer going to complain! In fact I feel kind of bad that I did! From now on--only motivation!! Have a great weekend! xo

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  19. so true, all of it. And great art to come with it :)

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    1. Thank you muchly! Hope you have a great weekend. xo

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  20. blessings.....
    the inevitable flaw with human beings is that they like to judge that which they know nothing about.

    Stay blessed and keep on doing you, whatever/whomever that is.
    peace.
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    “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information, but makes our life

    in harmony with all existence”-Rabindranath Tagore

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    1. Thank you Rhapsody! Yes--and I find sometimes the one that bark the loudest are the ones that wish they could be doing the exact thing they are mad about. Thank you for stopping in. Have a great week. xo

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  21. Your birds are adorable and your word are right on target. Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thank you Carol and thanks also for stopping by! Have a great weekend! xo

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  22. Wonderful drawings. As a writer, many people seem to think that I sit around most of the day waiting for inspiration to strike. But as we all know (writers, artists, all creative people), that is simply not true. Inspiration does not not just happen; many days I sit at my keyboard and struggle to get words on paper, but if I wasn't sitting at my keyboard typing drivel I would not unearth those few nuggets that actually make sense. Of course there are days when the words flow from my fingertips and the world is such a brighter place when that happens. Inspiration comes from lots of work, even when it seems that writing, drawing or painting is the hardest thing in the world. But when you've created something beautiful, something that other people admire, or in my case, read, it makes all that effort worthwhile.

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    1. I am a writer also, so I totally get what you are saying. To have something you do move someone is an exceptional feeling. And yes there are days where I sit and stare--but I think that is part of the process too. Our work is partially introspective, so the stillness throws some people off. So glad you stopped by inkslinger--hope you come back. xo

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  23. What lovely words and perspective, one to really ponder on. Passion and happiness go hand in hand, and good to know that you are in a comfortable place. Your work is truly exceptional. Warm greetings and thanks for stopping. Happy Valentine's day, and nice week ahead!

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    1. Thank you very much Blogoratti, I am glad you stopped by. I like your blog. :) And yes! Passion and happiness go hand in hand--it should be shouted from the rooftops--or at least made into a bumper sticker. Happy Valentine's Day to you too, and have a lovely week. xo

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  24. Beautiful drawings Dea! So creative and artistic! Hope you have a great Sunday!

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    1. Thank you Mona. I know this is about paint and I mostly draw, but I love the group so much. Have a lovely week. xo

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  25. Lovely blog and great artwork, Dea.
    Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. Thank you Dixie! Much appreciated. Happy Valentine's weekend! xo

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  26. I was frustrated for far too long that some people just didn't "get it". Now i don't care much what other people think of what i do. As long as I GET IT. :) Love your birds... xx

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    1. I'm with you Pauline--I just feel grateful that I get to do this. Hope you are having a nice day and are keeping warm. xo

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  27. Very wise words, and I "get it" completely :-) It still bothers me when I see the doubtful look on people's faces when I tell them what I (try to) do, but I am learning to let it go and accept that some people just don't understand that kind of passion .... I feel lucky to be able to lose myself in my art... Your birds are fabulous, I so love the style of that first one!

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    1. Thank you denthe! I've had people very close to me say some pretty wicked things. I have come to terms--I don't let it get to me too much anymore, or at least not as much as I used to. My son is a musician and I know he can practice for hours and hours and it feels like it goes very quickly--so I'm sure he's in the zone too. Have a great week--stay warm! xo

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  28. Love your birds Dea. Great work and enjoyed your post. Thanks for stopping by my PPF post. Have a great day.

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    1. Thank you so much! I truly love birds and wish I could let them fly all over my house...but alas, I am sure my family would NOT agree. Have a great week! xo

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