Friday, September 28, 2012


The  post on interviewing people corresponded with a blog post from Create Mixed Media from Seth Apter's book, The Pulse of Mixed Media, which I won from him.

Seth has interviewed artists and has published their answers.

I'm not doing an interview but  I'm linking to the post which has some responses on how to boost creativity and the influence of current trends.  It is about TIME and TRENDS.  I think there is a connection between them.  I copy trends and that takes time away from what I should be working on.  Not a waste but kind of a frittering away of...

We are entering a new season.  For me it is the winding down from the busyness of summer and all the various extras that summer brings.  I'm looking forward to some real creative time in my studio/playroom.  I have lots of things I want to accomplish in my art and also in some creative projects for my home.   I don't want to waste time getting caught up in current trends that maybe are fun but not me.  I'm back to Focus, my first blog word.  I'm intent on Finding the right way/style for me.  I'm gonna try to Finish the rest of the year in a strong manner.

I was at a Bernina session and Nina has so much potential and is just busting a bobbin on my newly positioned workspace because she wants to show me what I can do with all the stuff  I have in her stash.  Besides which I really need some fall/winter clothes.  5' 2" and a spongy hour glass shape that makes fitting the waist band and the short legs challenging means I should figure out fitting a basic pattern and then change it with all her tricks!.

The Rooster is so focused.  It takes him sometimes a day but he catches on when I try to side track him.  So instead of fighting and fooling him, I think I should turn over my whole house plan and say, what do you recommend!  Seriously.  He is always telling me my forays into the accessory department would be better served by saving for a big ticket item.  :0   And then maybe I wouldn't be spending the paint money on the art supplies! LOL  And then maybe my list would look as crossed off as his!  And he won't let me buy colour coded folders, tags, and pens.  Just scribble it down on the back of the bills and do it!  

Influences!  They can be good or they can be a waste of our time.  What influences you?


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You sure have a lot of media in that first photo. And your sewing machine looks like it is going to be humming along for a few weeks, too. I'm even shorter than you at 4'11". Now you can see why I wear dresses all the time. I can't find pants that fit and would not DREAM of sewing anything that requires actual cutting.

MarveLes Art Studios said...

True...true... true! I am influenced by {probably} too many distractions, but most of the time, I find that influence overflows, and finds it way back and forth, to and fro! As well as FOCUS... I also must find balance, and I work hard at not putting myself in a BOX. That preverbial BOX! Sounds like a good plan, Elle... and good advice from Mr. M! Love ya~

Margaret Applin said...

I like Leslie's comment. My influences? Just about everything around me (except for men)LOL. The raindrops hanging from a wet window pane, a yellow aspen tree tucked into the middle of green pines, COLOR! Oh yes, and chocolate :)

Jo Vandermey said...

I'll have to check out that post.
Have fun with all the ins and outs of your machine.
What influences me.... just about every distraction. New books, new techniques, new gadgets, new info....
You get the picture.... lol
And I do like office supplies... and to organize.
Have a great day!

HollyM said...

I think I'm influenced by the work of lots of artists even if it might not be consciously. Like Margaret I'm very influenced by the colors, shapes and designs of nature around me. i cant come home from a walk with empty pockets. Just the tracing of a tree branch against a background sky gets me itching for my camera or sketchbook.
I try not to be influenced by how someone else works and do it my way but but there are often little things that I may adopt.
Of course living in an area where I can't run out and buy stuff helps!

Mary Ann Tate said...

I definitely need focus. I'm all over the place these days. I think I have too many interests and as a result too many distractions:)

Seth said...

Thank you so very much for spreading the word about my post on CMM. I think both topics, creativity and trends, are things that all artists think about and deal with so often. Nice to see your readers' thoughts here.