Journal

2019 Inspiration & Motivation

Staying focused can be difficult sometimes. Actually a lot of the time. There are so many things competing for your attention. Staying on course requires concentrated effort. I like having little visual or auditory tricks to help me stay focused. In the past it has been a focus word for the year, but in 2019 I am employing two different tricks. My thinking is that by employing more than one sense, it will be doubly reinforced.

Quote of the Year

I’ve always loved inspiring quotes; so much that I have two little books on quotes. So for 2019 I’ve chosen my favorite motivational quote as as my mantra. This has been a favorite quote of mine for years and still inspires me to make the most of each day.

Yesterday is a canceled check
Tomorrow is a promissory note
Today is the only cash you have
Spend it wisely

Song of the Year

Choosing a song was difficult. I love anything by Aaron Neville; his music never fails to motivate me and lift my spirits. But I decided to chose something different and choose the theme song from Star Trek Enterprise. Which is funny because that was my least Star Trek series, but I loved the song and it really touched me. I hope it touches you also.

There are many versions of this song, the original was called Faith, but it was reworked by Russel Watson as Where My Heart Will Take Me as the theme song to the 2001 television series Star Trek: Enterprise.  This is the short version that was used for the show, but below are the full lyrics of the song.

And for those of you who prefer the written word here are the lyrics.

It’s been a long road, getting from there to here.
It’s been a long time, but my time is finally near.
And I can feel the change in the wind right now. Nothing’s in my way.
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more, no they’re not gonna hold me down.
Cause I’ve got faith of the heart.
I’m going where my heart will take me.
I’ve got faith to believe. I can do anything.
I’ve got strength of the soul. And no one´s gonna bend or break me.
I can reach any star. I’ve got faith, I’ve got faith, faith of the heart.
It’s been a long night. Trying to find my way.
Been through the darkness. Now I finally have my day.
And I will see my dream come alive at last. I will touch the sky.
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more, no they’re not gonna change my mind.
Cause I’ve got faith of the heart.
I’m going where my heart will take me.
I’ve got faith to believe. I can do anything.
I’ve got strength of the soul. And no one’s gonna bend or break me.
I can reach any star. I’ve got faith, faith of the heart.
I’ve known the wind so cold, and seen the darkest days.
But now the winds I feel, are only winds of change.
I’ve been through the fire and I’ve been through the rain.
But I’ll be fine.
Cause I’ve got faith of the heart.
I’m going where my heart will take me.
I’ve got faith to believe. I can do anything.
I’ve got strength of the soul. And no one’s gonna bend or break me.
I can reach any star. I’ve got faith.
I’ve got faith of the heart.
I´m going where my heart will take me.
I’ve got strength of the soul. And no one’s gonna bend or break me.
I can reach any star. I’ve got faith, I’ve got faith, faith of the heart.
It’s been a long road.

So that is some of what helps to keep me inspired and motivated.  What about you? Do you have any special ways to keep you going when the going gets tough?  Would love the hear about them.

2019 A New Year – A Stronger Focus

It is already 7 days into the new year! Where did the time go already! We were away for Christmas and didn’t get home until early New Years day so it feels like I got a late start to 2019. Many things I do the last week of the year didn’t get done until the

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2018 Review

I usually don’t do an end of year review, but 2018 saw some big achievements for me, so I decided I would do one this year. Art Cloth Mastery Program In February 2018 I completed Jane Dunnewold’s Art Cloth Mastery Program.  It was 2 years of intense, yet fun work.  During those 2 years I

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100 Printmaking Tools Update 2018

2018 is less than 24 hours from being over and I managed to make a few more printmaking tools, this time thermofax screens of two of my favorite subjects–leaves and backgrounds. Leaves Leaves are probably my favorite designs, and was actually one of my first original designs.  For these leves I gather fresh leaves where

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Reflections, A Solo Show

It’s been two weeks since the opening of my solo show, Reflections.  This show is in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Wearable Arts show, All Decked Out. I’m just now posting about it because opening night I could not get good pictures, so I had to go back a week later and

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Reflections Exhibit

A quick sneak peak at my one woman show in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Wearable Arts Show, which opens tonight and goes until Jan 10, 2019 at the Unitarian Universalist church in Clearwater,  Fl. Some of my art cloth waiting to be hung. And a few close ups.

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100 Printmaking Tools Day 43

Here we are at day 43 and I’ve completed 17 more tools, 11 more stamps and 6 screens.  Running a little behind, but not worried as I have many more ideas just waiting their turn.

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New Rust Work

  Working on a few small pieces for an upcoming show.  Here is one of the latest.  Rust dyed on canvas.  Will be mounting on a panel board this week.  Excited about this one.  

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Over-dyeing Workshop

Several weeks I lead a workshop for the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild on over-dyeing fabric.  Students bought in fabrics they had previously dyed and learned how to over-dye them.  We discussed color options and manipulations options.  I had premixed all of the single color dyes for them to use.  Here are a few pieces

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100 Printmaking Tools Day 15

A few weeks ago I posted about my 100 day project where I panned to work on creating 1 printmaking tool a day for the next 100 days.  Well, I’ve decided to modify this project just a bit.  When I started making my first tools, it just made sense to work on several at once. 

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