Friday, March 7, 2014
I'm putting together a fabric collection submission based on my favourite cream, kraft, brown, black colour palette- these big brown dots are a favourite and my beginning point - © Susan Black 2014
Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
I promise a collection of early March photos very soon - though I'm not tired of winter, or wishing Spring to hurry up - I find time travels so blindingly fast now if anything I'd like the days to s-l-o-w down please - I am growing weary of the mostly white, blue palette and am so looking forward to photographing this new growing green season ;-)
happy weekend ! I'm participating in the 24 hr National Day of Unplugging sundown tonight to sundown tomorrow. I have only one device - my iMac and the luscious, vast, la la lands of the internet - trust me I spend way too much time wandering the endless hallways found there.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
a repeat image I'm sure of it - an early layer from Mati Rose's Daring Adventures in Paint - I always scan as I go, scanning each layer or permutation of a collage or illustration as I create them just to be safe ;-)
If you care about what you do and work hard at it,
there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to.
I always forget to remember ... that what comes after stuck is almost always a huge unexpected glorious burst of rockin' creativity. Stuck is part of the process, that yucky clinging fear is really mojo juice, the fear is what propels us forward, what makes us keep on tryin'. I believe, as much as I dread the feeling of stuck, I need that feeling to make me better & stronger so I'm trying to remember to not dread it. To say instead "ahhh bonjour icky fear ! I've been expecting you, I guess it's time to organize my tax receipts ;-)" I am noticing, little by little, that each time I feel stuck & that fear comes a knocking yet again, I'm a little bit kinder to myself. Instead of trying to bully myself into having a creative spark (like that's a good idea ?) I treat myself with extra tlc and I tackle some of the many mundane studio clerical/organizational tasks that always need to get done & that you of course hate to do and neglect when you are on fire ;-) + les lovely Alicia from my best mojo mix !
ps. Mati Rose's course Daring Adventure's in Paint begins in April (early bird special price of $75. 6 weeks)
random botanicals discovered while organizing & archiving stuff on my brand new 4TB external hard drive - ya huh !!
Organization isn't about perfection; it's about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.
yes you heard right ... I did say my brand new 4 TB external hard drive
it's tech talk with Susan the least techie person I know.
Last year I bought a new iMac. My old (6 years) huge iMac has been sitting on the other side of my studio like some handsome giant filing cabinet taking up space & loaded to the gills with stuff - over 20,000 photos (I know, sheepish grin, embarrassing), my entire iTunes library, lots & lots of important much valued high res art and way lots of unimportant stuff also. I contacted my own personal genius bar guy, my adored nephew Michael about getting an external hard drive so that I could (ideally - it is the plan) keep my computer completely free of files & art and use the hard drive as my server and constant back-up (which it is currently doing - comforting me with it's constant I'm saving your work hum). We (by we I mean Doug my other personal genius bar) will be moving the old huge beautiful iMac today into the chocolate brown
It's costing me way too much inefficiency, wasted time & worst of all stress to not be organized to the hilt.
+ loads of new projects beginning Monday so I'll be saying sayonara to my stuckness. Another hooray ;-)