Following is an excerpt from an online class I'll be offering in 2016:
It's that time of year, again. It seems like I'm almost always caught off guard. It's time to dream up some new classes and send in proposals for the various venues that I hope to teach for, next year. Yes...these things happen almost a full year out! That's part of the frustration (and excitement!) of the process: keeping it genuine and fresh, a year later.
So, I've managed to squeak out some interesting class proposals (most of them, I'm super excited about! Check it: Art Retreat in the Desert. More to come!) but it was a rough road, this time. I'm not sure exactly why that is, except to say that I've had an extremely busy year and a half...make that three quarters...and here we are, in September. Finally, finally, I can breathe again and maybe do something that doesn't involve a deadline! Not that deadlines are necessarily bad; deadlines are a good sign of work and purpose. But, there is much to be said for free studio time. It seems I haven't had much of that in this past season and I'm thinking that's where my struggle to be inspired has come from.
There we go. I said it. I've struggled to be inspired. Why, oh why, is it so hard to admit that? I surely am not the only one who feels, at times, like there's not one original idea in her head? But, I'm taking a look at my blog and my work, in search of authenticity. I am rarely struck with artist's block or apathy toward my work and I think that's why it's difficult to admit the times when I do. After all, I'm am an artist...an exciting, intriguing, creative thinking creature. Right? Which means I'm a bit thrown by the times when I feel like a dull-witted, uninteresting non-creative...the times when it just doesn't flow.
So, why even talk about it? Why throw it out there, into the void...when it makes me feel exposed?
Keeping it real, peeps.
I know some of you are feeling the same way...
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