The War of Art

Counting down the hours until Thanksgiving. The only part I still haven’t figured out is how long and at what temperature to roast an eighteen-pound unstuffed turkey. I’ve thrown the question onto my FB page, and hope someone will have good advice.

Meanwhile here is the latest excellent book I’ve read on how to get the heck out of my way and succeed.

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The author, Steven Pressfield, maintains most of us wrestle with resistance when tackling projects that require a long-term commitment.

In my case, there are two endeavors to which I am devoted.
This blog and my new Etsy shop.

So far I only have ten items listed in my store. I’m determined to fill it to the brim over time. This book gave me exactly the kick in the fanny I needed.

Pressfield included a favorite Goethe quotation of mine:

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

I have a sterling silver pendant engraved with those words. It was a gift from Cynthia, the lovely woman I used to work for. She gave me a shot at product design when nothing in my set of skills would predict success.

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I have the necklace hanging on the light over my drawing table.  I read it just before I begin working each day.  I also say a prayer to my muse.  Another Pressfield suggestion.

Then I get to work.  Which I am off to do right now.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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I used to ask, “Why me?” Now I say, “Why NOT me!”

Travel to China

Guided Meditation and the Law of Attraction

I’ve been using youtube for my daily meditation. I find it’s easier to relax deeply when listening to a gentle voice, music, and instructions.  I take out one hearing aid and put the computer right next to my other ear.

Lying on our bed and breathing. It’s delicious the state of relaxation I tumble into.

Think positive, Live positive.

My blog posts will be more infrequent because I am busy creating images for my new Etsy shop.  So far I have a pig, kitten, and cow.  They are all decked out in ribbons and straw hats.

I spend my days’ coloring and smiling at the silly critters flowing out of my colored pencils.

My field of dreams.  Build it and they will come.  And when they come 50% of the money I make I plan to donate to causes important to me.  The other 50%?  Who knows.

 

Reinvention

I’m recreating myself.  In anticipation of the sixty-sixth birthday, I’m opening a new Etsy shop. My former Etsy store was named Beatrice Bee Vintage. It was fun, I sold a bunch of junk and shipped all over the planet.

Then it kinda’ dried up and the magic disappeared.

Recently I thought, “What do people spend stupid money on?” The answer, pets, and babies.

I considered doing custom pet portraits. Then, after Saturday’s meditation, it came to me to create whimsical artwork for nursery walls.

No need to inventory anything. I’ll just do the pictures, save on the computer and print on demand. I called my friend, Richie to discuss printing–what type of home printer does a decent job. The one we now own churns out anemic color copies. Richie owns a print business. His color printer cost over $800,000. I scratched my head, thought about it and decided not to get one of those.

Yesterday I colored my first baby animal. An elephant. I’ll post its picture with a cute girlie hat on her head and name her Emma. I’ll repost without the hat and Emma becomes Ethan. Print out at 8″ by 10″, slide into an 11″ by 14″ matte and mail it off. The purchaser can then buy a ready-made frame.

The competition on Etsy is stiff. One lady opened her shop in 2016 and has already had over 10,000 sales. It will be tricky to get my work noticed. I don’t plan to open until I have about twenty decent images.

The picture below I did some years back. The little pea in the pram was artwork for a baby shower invitation. The mother of that baby boy has since had two more boys. It was fun coloring and planning that party.

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Now, off to color a piglet. Penelope and Payton Pig. I’ll write a little back story for each image. Maybe include it with the purchase. This Etsy shop is an infant. Lots to think about.

 

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It’s Never Too Late: 10 Writers & Artists That Were Late Bloomers

I used to ask, “Why me?” Now I say, “Why NOT me!”