Archive for June, 2010

What do You Value?

Posted in Journey of Art and living on June 28, 2010 by lori landis art

Reaching For More 30x40 acrylic

Heavy Question, What Do you Value?  I’m talking now about your career. Hopefully you know what is really important in life.   What I’m asking is this, is it money, fame,  status, validation, time  or what else?  As an artist I have goals of all that plus I value the connections and friendships.  I also value my growth as a human being.  As far as my art, I experiment a lot because if I still do paintings the same way that I did them ten years ago (even though they are sometimes better than what I’m doing today) I’m better off as an artist who’s growth is very important to me.  Okay maybe my growth is mutually exclusive of my goals so now If I want to get into galleries what is better,   my goals or my growth?   (Yes, I’ve been in galleries.)     Tough isn’t it?  Let me know  your feelings.

I forgive myself making mistakes

Posted in Journey of Art and living on June 20, 2010 by lori landis art

Yin & Yang a balanced life #6 36x24 collage $2200

Yes, I did it! I made a  mistake sending out my newsletter.  I did send a test newsletter.  I then sent my e-mail  newsletter to 170 people who gave me permission.   What I sent had gobbly goop on part of it.  The e-mail service as I found out later said I had Skype in my browser that caused the problem.  You know what I did? I didn’t bemoan the fact, I just said, “Oh well”.   I used to get so upset  when things like that happen.  We hold ourselves up that we have to be superman or woman and that isn’t going to happen.  We are human and we have to really love ourselves especially when making mistakes. 

Don’t let mistakes take away your joy in the process, laugh it off and start again.  I forgive myself making mistakes.  You can too.

Time and Time is When?

Posted in Journey of Art and living on June 10, 2010 by lori landis art

Thoughts Going Round 5x7 acrylic $225

It’s amazing to me that as I get older time seems to fly by.  I start a big project, right now it’s a newsletter, then I get side tracked.  I have dr’s appointments, friends that call that require me to see them before they start their big project, this blog (needs to be done once a week) and so on.  Life does that and I’m determined to become much more aware of what I need to become an even better person.  I need to discern that life is precious so I will drop my project at the time because that friend is precious and we don’t see each other maybe once a month or two.   Nothing is so important that I can’t take the time to be a friend.  Now if people abuse that then I cut the time.

I guess my point is that God time, husband time, family time, friend time, plus me time, especially painting time  are times I serve.  The business end of my art career gets out of balance and that is not how I want to live my life.  It gets so out of wack because I choose to be a business person too and do all the “social media”.  It’s nice to make connections over the internet but not to the point of wasting my time and time is when?

Who am I Really?

Posted in Journey of Art and living on June 3, 2010 by lori landis art

Crossing Lines III 20x20 acrylic heavy gel $1000

My husband and I were talking about if we really know who we ourselves are.  When we attend the mastermind group everyone announces that they are father, mother, spouse, grandparents but never who they really are.  Do we know our characteristics?  I know I am strong, determined, persistent, creative, loyal.  I have not so good flaws too but I don’t want to dwell on them, ha-ha.  If we know who we are we can develop our strengths even more.  I certainly don’t want to dwell on weaknesses.  You know the saying “to thine own self be true”.  If you don’t know who you are how can you “be all you can be”.

 So welcome “who you and I  are really”.  The painting to the right is the latest which is about the never ending circles with Crossing Lines III.

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