|Claudette by Marla L. Niederer|
I know for a fact that my art flourishes when I am happy, secure, comfortable, warm, and loved. It really takes a nose dive when I am discontent and/or stressed. Part of keeping me happy so I can create my art from a happy place is feeding my artist soul. There are many different ways to feed your artist’s soul. I thought I would list some of the ways that keep my artist soul happy in case you might wish to try some of them too.
1. Find your tribe. Art very often occurs within the solitary space of one’s own studio but it doesn’t always have to. If you are working in your own studio, alone, hours on end, days on end, you need to make time to be social. What better way to socialize than to find other artists to connect with. Join an art group in your community. For years I belonged to an art doll group. Since that is no longer available, I am now a member of a fiber art group and meet with a group of watercolor artists once a week to paint. Art flourishes in the warm glow of a good supportive group of other artists.
2. Read books about art and artists. This statement dates me for sure but I have learned so many techniques by reading. This started while I was a child and has continued to this day. It is also inspiring to read about the lives of other artists. And it is also enjoyable to read fiction with the art world as its setting. Two ideas of books to read are , The Painted Kiss by Elizabeth Hickey, and Making Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie. You can find both on Amazon.
3. If you don’t like to read about techniques there are so many good videos out there available on sites such as YouTube. Make yourself a nice cup of tea and watch some of them. Here is a link to my friend Maria Greene's website. She offers really good art tutorials. http://mariagreene.org/
4. Visit art museums. It goes without saying that viewing a work of art in a magazine or on the internet pales in comparison to viewing it in person. I always find that a trip to an art museum is uplifting, inspiring, and educational. Viewing amazing art is music to the soul. One of my favorite art museums to visit is the National Gallery of Canada which you can click on a link to here
5. Buy new art supplies when you can. Okay, the secret is out. I am an art supply hoarder. I have my first set of pastels that were given to me when I was eight. If you didn’t know, that was many many weeks ago. That being said, it still is always exciting to bring home new art supplies just crying out to be tried!
6. Attend conferences for the field of art you are engaged in. I have learned so much and made many friends by attending conferences for doll artists through the years. I always leave so inspired and ready to get back to my studio to try out new ideas. There are several really great conferences to attend. I am teaching at two next spring. I am teaching at one in Philadelphia and you can click on the link to it here http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/
Another I am teaching at is in Columbus Ohio and you can click on the link to it here http://cyndysdolls.com/
There are also two wonderful doll art orginizations that put on annual conferences
ODACA you can click on a link to here http://www.odaca.org/
NIADA you can click on a link to here http://www.niada.org/
|Lissette by Marla L. Niederer|
7. Sometimes it is okay to chase something shiny down the rabbit hole, especially, if it leaves you with a smile as wide as the Cheshire Cat’s grin. For example, I saw a little antique lamb on eBay. I had to have it but the price kept going up and up and up. I could have blown my art supply budget to buy it but then I couldn’t buy more art supplies and frankly I really enjoy buying art supplies. So I decided to make an inspired one of my own. It was very off task, very off the focus I have been trying to maintain. It took time that could have been used for something more “productive.” But, what fun! And what a smile it has left on my face. Now I’m ready to return to my “real” work!
|Lissette by Marla L. Niederer|
If you have other ideas about how to feed your artist soul feel free to post them in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.
Until next week….warm hugs,
If you are looking for something to create for gift giving during the holidays I am teaching two online classes on AforArtistic that you may be interested in.
Mermaid Ornament Class begins November 8th 2016
If you wish to find out more about the class click on the following link to AforArtistic
|Poinsettia by Marla L. Niederer|
Poinsettia Bust Ornament Class begins December 1st 2016. If you wish to find out more about the class click on the following link to AforArtistic