Question of the week # 207

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Being members in the Physically Challenged Artist Support Group we obviously face physical challenges on a daily basis. There are also mental and spiritual challenges associated with our physical issues and sometimes it all can be overwhelming, exhausting and oh so daunting to keep pushing forward all the time. These physical, mental and even spiritual challenges are something we deal with on a daily basis but we always never give up πŸ™‚ maybe we’ll take a rest or a break here and there but sooner or later we get back into it and we always keep trying. I am grateful to know all of you wonderful women and men that are in PCASG and I really feel blessed to be a part of this group.

Later on this week I have some other challenges (physical and mental) but right now I’m taking it cup by cup (coffee is such a good thing) and one little bit at a time,

So the question this week is what is the most difficult physical, mental, spiritual or creative challenge or goal/task you are facing today or this week?

Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all πŸ˜ƒ

 

Question of the week # 206

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During Sunday Morning Craftiness over at my Mom’s she noticed that I laid all my tools and supplies out with precision…which I then proceeded to promptly rifle through and leave in disarray when I got rolling…but I know exactly where everything is when I do creating this way.

When it was time to go she then watched me quickly put everything away EXACTLY as I had unpacked it and looking at it you would never realize the clutter-rama that my work area had been just moments before.

I told her the reason I have this routine is that the process of laying everything out nicely and precisely is like the starting blocks for my creative whirlwind tendencies. It seems to “unlock” the artistic (and messy it seems) part of my brain that kicks in when I am in “create” mode. Then when I’m done playing/working on my project, the “business” side kicks back in and makes sure everything is put away correctly so I can find it the next time I want to work on a project and I don’t waste time looking for tools etc when I could be working/playing making something. I call the process “controlled chaos” (lol) but she said she couldn’t work like that and be able to put everything back exactly like I did.

Her crafting work style is very different and much more tidy than mine while in process but I would be completely lost if I tried to do things her way. Which leads me to this week’s questions:

1.) Where are you more creative – do you need an area that’s neat and tidy, or a more cluttered environment?

2.) What is your creative style?

 

Looking forward to hearing your answers!

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Happy Monday to all πŸ˜ƒ

Question of the week #205

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What are you working on this week?

Are you sketching, needling, painting, wrapping, baking, photographing, stringing, writing or maybe just recovering from a busy weekend or any one of the myriad of other things I haven’t mentioned here?

So what are you doing? Let us know πŸ˜ƒ

Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all!

 

Question of the week #204

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When I first started working with wire I would sometimes actually cut the ends/sides of my fingers (or poke them) when working with finer gauge wire so I started using those rubber finger pads you can get from office supply stores, for “sorting” papers–they look like rubber thimbles. I use several on my left (anchor) hand and two (index finger and thumb) on my right (pliers hand) and since they cover the joints closest to the fingernails and provide some grip as well I’ve had a lot less problems when working with finer wire.

Questions this week:

What is your best adaptive trick when making art or working on a project (any kind of art)?

What helps make things easier for you as a disabled artist?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all πŸ˜ƒ

Question of the week # 203

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The questions this week are short and sweet:

I know some of us have taught classes in the past or do so now but this question concerns your creative skills you haven’t yet shared with anyone.

If you were asked to teach a workshop or one small class about one of your creative skills that you haven’t already shared in a class, what would it be?

And who would be your ideal audience?
OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

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Happy Monday to all πŸ˜ƒIMG_0661

Question of the week #202

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It was a rough week last week for me and I’m sure it was for some of you too. So I’m making the question of the week short and sweet…

What is your bright spot, your happy, your big smile moment you are looking forward to this week? Or are even enjoying right now?

Please share with us, we’d love to hear it πŸ™‚

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all πŸ˜ƒ

Question of the week # 201

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Going through some of my finished projects I find myself trying to write descriptions for them and feel that just listing the materials used in the composition of the item falls short. Sometimes I want to convey what I was feeling when I was assembling or creating the piece or what I was going for anyway (lol). I find I have trouble doing this and many times when trying to talk or write about my work I find myself stumbling over words, trying to find the right one or just reluctant to talk about the finished piece or my creative process in general. I was raised that talking about yourself at any length (in this case my art) was also known as “tooting your own horn” and was considered a no no. I am working hard to overcome this rule from childhood but it is more difficult at times than I would have thought. In search of some help on the subject I turned to the good old internet for research and found I am far from alone in this curious “word block”, there is plenty to read about it.

My favorite idea that I found is to choose your words carefully and use just three words to sum up your project or piece. So far this exercise is helping me focus and write better descriptions AND the added bonus is if I am working on preliminary sketches or notes/ideas on a project I can use my three words to focus even more on what I want to convey with the piece. Those three words aren’t “set in stone” but are used more as a “tightening” of the focus of my ideal of the piece.

So, I would like to ask you all to think about applying this 3 word exercise to your work, be it jewelry or painting or sculpture or…

So the questions of the week are:

What emotion or longing you want people to feel when they see your art?

What would be three powerful words you could use to convey the experience of your art?

Can you express it in three words?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all πŸ˜ƒ

Question of the week # 200

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Is there anything you have seen while you were out and about recently that has inspired or is currently inspiring a piece of work or a work in progress?

And if so, what and why?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

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Happy Monday to all πŸ˜ƒ

Question of the week #199

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We had some gorgeous weather this weekend and judging by all the signs seen while we were out and about, it is officially the beginning of the garage and yard sale season around here.

Sometimes I love to hit a bunch of garage sales for old craft and art supplies to pick up on the super cheap. This “involuntary early retirement” (aka disabled) for me means a very tight budget and limited income. I have to save money where I can and crafting tools and supplies can be a luxury item sometimes, so I don’t mind searching for good second hand items that still have a lot of creative life left.

Beads never “go bad” like fiber, paint and glue can but you can get some great tools for a steal as well if you keep your eyes peeled and have a bit of luck on your side.

Crochet hooks, knitting needles, sewing stuff, rivet/eyelet punches, scissors, scrap booking/papercrafting stuff…the list goes on and on. The key is to keep an open mind and have fun πŸ™‚ I love finding vintage crafting stuff or “future project” items for little or no money.

Plus I must admit I have a terrible weakness for picking up old smaller furniture, lamps, mirrors etc and revamping them and either re-selling them after a bit or gifting them. I’ve had people come to my house and stop dead at the sight of some particular item and if they are stopping dead from wonder and not dread, if they want it, well, it’s usually going home with them if they’ve got room in their vehicle (LOL). I’ve told my children it’s an addiction that hurts no one and they can’t keep everything themselves so they are usually OK with it.

Where do you like to find your vintage crafting and art supplies…or do you prefer to work with new?

What is your favorite “find”?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all πŸ˜ƒ

Question of the week #198

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In the midst of the continual chaos that seems to be the rule and not the exception at my home lately (and yes, still s-l-o-w-l-y unpacking too, yes, it’s going on two years) I woke up this lovely Monday morning and my first response was “Gotta get u…uh uh…NO. Not happening on this schedule. I’m too tired.

I’m just too tired to keep doing this routine at this relentless pace and when I woke up this morning with the lists and schedules and “gottas” in my head my spirit just balked and said NO. Yes, my spirit, that light hoped sprite that is the inner me (that has been reduced to extreme drudgery lately in the hopes of “catching up” and maybe even (gasp!) “getting ahead” in the faintest of hopes that I might be able to acquire that most elusive of things known as “free time”)— my spirit realized there is no such thing as “free time” and that you have to make time or you will always be chasing that dream and always be too tired. My spirit flat out balked at stepping back in to this drudge routine and then went completely mule.

So here I am, I’m taking another ME day but it is not a “lazy day” by any means, I am doing stuff only for me today and if it benefits any one else in my household that is a nice bonus but not a major concern of mine. They all know how to make a sandwich or something so they won’t starve and the world is not going to come apart at the seams if I don’t do the laundry or the dishes or…

So I am doing something just for me today, I am working on my office/studio area to get it the way I want it. I am tired of sitting at my kitchen table and trying to run the household and figuring out what goes where until “this can be moved” or “that can be brought over”. I’m tired of worrying somebody might spill something (me, mostly me) on my laptop because it’s sitting at the kitchen table and nobody wants to sit at the kitchen table because Ma is a bit tense about EVERYTHING at this point. So today, at my house, it’s all about me, Me, ME!

In the midst of our frantic routines we all need to take a breather now and then and do something nice for ourselves, it’s a crucial cultivation our souls need not only to survive but to thrive.

How about you? What are you doing for YOU this week?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all πŸ˜ƒ