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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Artist Block--What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

The Muse has been taking a nap. For about three weeks now. Long even by her standards.
From what my artist friends and I have learned over the years:
1) It happens, but is never permanent
2) There are ways to kick-start the Muse back into forward motion
3) Keep doing stuff-e-v-e-r-y d-a-y, now more than ever
O.k. number (3) appears at first glance to be impossible. Didn't I just type that the Muse is asleep? Inspiration ain't in the 'hood? I got nada?
Exactly when # (3) is my new best friend, boring as I may first experience her. Below is my own short list of ideas that fall under the category of "keep doing stuff".
  • Take an art class; workshops are on-line even, so I have no excuses
  • Do mindless prep work while watching re-runs of my favorite sci-fi series on Netflix--actually I LOVE doing this one!
  • Go see art exhibits; they're on-line too these days, so, again, no excuses
  • Go to the movies, yes!    
And having typed that last one, I'm off to see Star Trek for the second time on the big screen. Wake up, Muse, we got work to do!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mass Produced? Not Even Maybe

From my fingers to your art collection. Yeah, baby!
I hauled these beautiful marbled papers and lino-prints back from Italy, saved them from the Chicago flood zone in my studio, and pulled my act together sufficiently to have 6 finely detailed artist books for display this month in Richetts' Space.
The opening of

Made In Italy

is Saturday May 11, 2013, at 262 E. Grand Ave, Escondido, 92025.
The FREE reception begins at 5:30. 

And as if that weren't enough art for one weekend (is there ever enough art, ever?) I'll be at the Escondido Municipal Gallery all day Sunday the 12th during the Amgen bike race, making bicycle ECHO totes to order, similar to ol' Hippie Chips here. 
Drop on by and say hi.