Apr 17, 2009

A catch all post . . .

I have been so distracted from art this week and so frustrated about it, I can't tell you! Aargh. Everything in the world has popped up to be taken care of this week. Time sped up and left me racing in circles I didn't want to run in. I have promised myself that I would participate every week in Nancy Baumiller's Collage Play with Crowabout challenges, so racing the clock, again, I got this in today . . .

You can read its description and image credits here http://www.flickr.com/photos/10516787@N06/3451633172/in/pool-collage_play_with_crowabout I look at this and I can tell I was rushing. I promise you that I don't look at everyone else's art with the same eyes I use to look at mine. I am far more critical with myself, but I think that is natural. We start with an idea and when we don't see it to fruition, we meet it with self criticism. I am going to rework it - there are some problem areas. But a long time ago, I promised I would post the pieces I didn't like along with the pieces that I did. Enough about that.

I need to be gone tomorrow and part of Sunday. One of my best friends in the world is jumping out of an airplane tomorrow for the first time (that seems funny to write) so I need to be there. Oh, we all need our friends and support when we take leaps, all of them, big and small. So, I won't be around for a day or two but then I am focusing on art (my Etsy is almost empty) and blog visiting and flickr commenting all week next week - FOR SURE! I need it. I need to do all of it for me - I'm thirsty and hungry for art, making it, seeing it, appreciating it, talking about it . . .

But, talking about taking leaps . . . You may have seen Leslie's name in the comments here on my blog. She has been one of my most constant and consistent customers and supporters and encouragers. I cannot tell you how much she has given me. I can never repay it. She doesn't have a blog for you to visit yet. She doesn't have a flickr for you. But I have seen her art and it is original and amazing and so begging to be seen by the world. And I've told her what I thought. This has been hard for Leslie to do, to share her art with the world. I totally get why. It's a scary thing. But, Leslie took a leap and she shared her art. She submitted work to the Mississippi University for Women's 125th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition. Here's part of the message I received tonight "There were 129 pieces and 70 artists. During the ceremony, I was floored when my name was called to receive one of four "group show awards". That means I and three other artists will be exhibited in a four-person group show in the University's Eugenia Summer Gallery in the spring of 2011. I was stunned." So, you can't move forward without the leaps. You can't be brave unless you do what you're afraid to do. And Leslie, you were brave and you took the leap and a whole new world is opening up for you right before our eyes. (now we just need a blog and flickr, woman, so we can support and harass you) I am so honored and thrilled to know you and be able to watch this dream unfold for you. The first song on my play list is for you and I, baby. Here are the lyrics . . .

If you feel like singing a song
And you want other people to sing along
Just sing what you feel
Don’t let anyone say it’s wrong

And if you’re trying to paint a picture
But you’re not sure which colors belong
Just paint what you see
Don’t let anyone say it’s wrong

(especially pointy hats and wings! hee hee)

And if you’re strung out like a kite
Or stung awake in the night
It’s alright to be frightened

When there’s a light (what light)
There’s a light (one light)
There’s a light (white light)
Inside of you

If you think you might need somebody
To pick you up when you drag
Don’t loose sight of yourself
Don’t let anyone change your bag

And if the whole world’s singing your songs
And all of your paintings have been hung
Just remember what was yours is everyone’s from now on


Leslie said...

Marsha, thank you so much!! I'm printing out this post and hanging it in my studio--It will always there to remind me and to encourage me. Thank you, dear friend.

cindy said...

Congrats to your friend. What a wonderful thing. And love the new piece. The shoes sticking out at the bottom are great!


Taluula said...

Well if I had to give this a mark out of 10, I would say 24. It's amazing. Gorgeous. Much kudos my friend.

Terri Kahrs said...

Leslie's work must be amazing! I'm thrilled for your friend's success! Putting our art "out there" IS taking a leap not unlike parachute jumping. It helps to know that someone is waiting for us in the wings with a big, old net (and maybe a couple of bandaids). You, Miss Marsha, define the words - friendship, support and encouragement! Hugs & Happy Weekend!

mary schweitzer said...

Congrats to your friend Leslie. And how lucky she is to have a friend like you.
As for your other friend,,,why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane??LOL!
I love you little rushed piece. The tennies peeking out of the bottom of the car made me smile! But then your work always makes me smile.

House of Hullabaloo said...

What a beautiful post! I wish I had written it! Leslie is and always has been a gifted artist! When we were young she designed a needle point piece of a Chinese dragon that was to say the least absolutely incredible!

BlueRidgeLady said...

Marsha this collage is brilliant!!! I just love everything about it. I really got stuck this week, couldn't come up with anything....yep one of those weeks. Great work as always, and I am so happy for Leslie!! That is wonderful news! Good for her!

Linda Cain said...

Congratulations!!!! Look at you.
I'm so proud to be your friend........in ART!


aliceinparis said...

You are a terrific cheerleader! One of the best kind of friends a gal could have. Thanks for all the appreciating you do:) Jumping out of a plane!!!!!!!!!!!! Woot. What a thrill, even just to watch:)

Pherenike said...

"Leap and the net will appear" (Julia Cameron) Yay Leslie.

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