March 21, 2011

Perfectionism - The Artist's Way

I have been reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron for over a year now. It's not a book you just plow through. It is a journey to ponder and to experience slowly.

In the chapter called "Week 7," she talks about perfectionism. I found it to be extremely enlightening. Below are some tidbits from this chapter.

"Perfectionism has nothing to do with getting it right. It has nothing to do with fixing things. It has nothing to do with standards. Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move ahead. It is a loop - an obsessive, debilitating closed system that causes you to get stuck in the details of what you are writing or painting or making and to lose sight of the whole."

"We correct our originality into a uniformity that lacks passion and spontaneity."

"The perfectionist fixes one line of a poem over and over - until no lines are right. The perfectionist redraws the chin line on a portrait until the paper tears."

"Instead of enjoying the process, the perfectionist is constantly grading the results."

"In order to do something well, we must first be willing to do it badly."

I hope these words have inspired you to just do what you are inspired to do, then let go of it, stand back and say, "That's pretty good."

(By the way, I read and reread what I just wrote about five times...just to make sure it was right.)

March 04, 2011

yet another copic letter

you will be sick of them in the end...probably
This is by far, my favorite. You can 'grout' the tiles in the mosiac with a gel pen or leave them to melt into one another as in the sample. I only used two marker colors her ! and it is still amazing to me. big thanks to the blending pen...

p.s. i turned 49 yesterday. i better make it a good one before they move me onto '50'....

March 02, 2011

more copic letters

these little announcements are fun, fast and I love the 'handmade' qualities. Original size is 3 x 5 , and the blues are copic marker with the brush lettering, outlined, shadowed and then detailed with the signo white pen. The outline pen is just a zig writer. I am sure I am going to Copic purgatory for mentioning that Zig pen in the same blog entry as Copic Markers.

March 01, 2011

Copic Letters

About a million years ago, I promised to share my Copic Letters with Kerr. I hate to break promises, so... here is the tye dye letter !