Saturday, October 30, 2010
What is sad is that I often tell myself that I do not have time to participate in such things. And sometimes I am truly torn as to whether I should go to a meeting or gathering or not because of time, my lack of energy, a lack of funds . . . But every time I go, and I belong to several groups, I am always, without fail, left with inspiration, energy and excitement. It really does make my soul sing to be in the company of others who 'ooooohhhhh' and 'aaaahhhhhhhh' over seemingly ordinary things.
If you don't have such a group to go to, make one. Start one and let it evolve, like a piece of art. You only need one other person to start. Just start getting together, sharing and talking and let the flow of interests and knowledge lead you on your explorations. Others will be invited and the group will grow.
I am a firm believer that art heals. I know this to be true. And I know that it doesn't need to be a formalized, orchestrated 'healing process'. The healing begins, whether people are aware of it or not, from the moment people start to arrive and find themselves greeted by others who are like them. I find that what helps me most in a creative group is the give and take of positive and powerful energy that is exchanged when people share and answer questions and demonstrate and laugh and just enjoy the process.
Imagine having a holiday gathering that is a group of women who gather to do maybe collage to use for cards. Or small art postcards that can be sent to loved ones or strangers. Maybe painting fabric or paper for giftwrap. Making easy pamphlet journals for gifts. Everyone brings some supplies and everyone has fun creating something. There are so many possibilities. Create with other creatives!
And please let me know what you think about this topic in the comments. Or let me know what types of groups you enjoy nurturing your soul with. Thanks!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Our creative team is having a giveaway!
From today thru 6 p.m. Friday, October 22nd.
From today thru 6 p.m. Friday, October 22nd.
Who We Are:We are a newly formed collective team of artists called Artful Soul Designs. There are currently 6 of us Brian Harrison, Julia Hagens, Geri Gettings, Gayla Doucet and Maura Mall and moi. We create with fabric, metal, beads, wire, fused glass, gemstones, gourds, etc.
Why we're doing it:
We decided to do a giveaway to help promote our Holiday Gift Show happening Sunday, October 24th at the BRIO Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale, Az. 85260
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Here’s what we’re giving away: (click on photos for larger views)
Created by Maura Mall:
|Pink Jasper and Sterling Silver stretch bracelet made by Maura Mall|
Created by Brian Harrison of BHarrisonArts:
|Lava and Black Labradorite Wrist Mala and Prayer Beads by Brian Harrison|
Created by Julia of JulzImageSolutions:
Tack-fused glass pin, wire-wrapped, on
etched brass. Turquoise blue, yellow & purple.
3" high and 2" wide by Julia Hagens
Created by Gaya Doucet:
|Gayla hand-dyes scarves and these|
are just examples of her work. The
winner will receive a scarf.
Created by Rosaland Hannibal:
|Notepad holder: painted and stamped fabric.|
|Inside view of different one, but you get the idea.|
Has a pocket, pen holder, pad holder. Just
under 9" tall.
- Once we figure out the winners –we’ll contact you for your mailing info. If you are local, in the Phoenix area, and are a winner, there will be a bonus gift if you pick up your prize in person.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
|Chihuly Glass - beautiful!|
|Brian & the big cactus. It is |
an impressive cactus.
just means I have to go back. We were
only there for about an hour but it was the most peaceful hour I have had in ages.
|It's the shadows that |
intrigued me here.
|More wonderful glass.|
|Love this glass!|
OM was started by Linda Demers over at alamodestuffblog . You can link up and share about your 'one moment' each week when you just stop to 'take notice'. This is my first OM post in a while.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Our next stop on the tour was my favorite - the home studio of Margaret Anderson, a fiber artist who does hand painted, quilted wallhangings. Her use of color and technique were exquisite and very inspiring. We asked her if she’d like to come down to a Mavericks meeting and talk to the group or do a class. Oh my gosh, I love Margaret's work! I was completely inspired! See
|Yours truly with Margaret|
|Inside the outhouse.|
|Nancy Robb Dunst|
|Sheila, Myra, Nancy|
|Mary, Myra, Sheila|
|Mary, me, Sheila|
We enjoyed all of our visits with the artists and their gracious way of sharing themselves and their art with us. Such a fun time!