Well, it seems it’s time for me to come back – slowly but surely. I think it will help with healing my creative energy to be in touch once again with my creative community.
Do you find this photo incredible? I do too. I bought a couple of Iceland Poppy plants and kept them on my drawing table for a few days . . . watching them change- identifying with the struggle to emerge (in my case, re-emerge).
I think the fuzziness is so interesting, but such a challenge to draw. I did it anyway, and made a journal page which I will share in another post.
But right now, I want to mention a few important changes, as this blog blossoms again.
This will be my only active blog from now on.
Whatever . . . Whenever was a wonderful blog and the archives will remain where they are, but Art-Full Life is hosted on my jessicawesolek.com site and I want to simplify and consolidate.
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Sadly, all retreats are cancelled for this year. I realized that even if I manage to get back to normal soon, the amount of catch-up at the gallery and in the studio will not allow me the big energy to run the retreats.
And I will no longer overload. It’s not a good thing.
Because I have not been able to come up with much in the way of new ideas, I have spent my time revising older workshops. Updating video quality and hosting, and re-editing lessons, so popular workshops can be offered again. All that will be coming along soon.
I also thought I would take some of my own advice.
I have always suggested exposure to other people’s creativity as a help for getting out of a creative rut.
And, I am in a purging mood.
So I have spent lots of time getting rid of stacks of art and craft magazines.
Much of that was not inspiring, as so much has become the same old, same old, over the years.
And it made me sad that in the field of ART publications, there has been no variety. Art is all about variety. The magazines should be too.
There are thousands of artists out here who do not do mixed media collage, and who are not hobbyists, so why doesn’t any publisher address that?
I got an email from Interweave, the publishers of Cloth, Paper, Scissors, about a change in their Studios publication.
I actually liked Studios better than the Stampington version on the same theme, because Studios featured some artists working in VARIED media, and you learned a little more about the artist – not just the art space.
Well, this announcement was that Studios would now become Artists & Makers, and feature more about working artists than just what their studios looked like.
I bought the first issue in digital format and read it cover-to-cover on my iPad.
I LOVED IT!
At last, a magazine full of new and different ideas.
I am thoroughly entertained by reading how other artists think and this pub is full of that. And much more – including business tips and useful products.
I left a glowing review on the Interweave website, and bought the second issue in print at a Barnes & Noble as soon as I saw it.
And then I bought it again in the digital version. I really recommend reading it on your iPad because you can zoom in on any areas with small type, and see details up close.
I worry that this magazine will not be as readily accepted by the huge mixed media audience because it’s different, and I hope they give it a chance to catch on. We need publications like this.
So, I urge you all to take a look – and to buy a copy if it appeals to you.
The digital version of the first issue is currently on sale for $2.99 and the regular price is only $9.99
If you like it, leave a good review there on the site.
Here’s the link:
Blossom Photo Copyright 2015 Jessica Wesolek