Thursday, April 28, 2016

Getting Out of Funkytown and Learning New Things



Musically, Funkytown is a great place to be. Creatively and professionally? not so much

Recently I found myself in the Capitol of Funkytown, I may have even been the mayor for a few months. Things just weren't going well and it was a chore to come into the studio and get to work. I had spent a good amount of time and energy on a couple of projects that didn't pan out financially and I was struggling with some pretty harsh inner voices. 

In a nutshell; I was creatively miserable. 

I made the decision that if I was going to create art for other people and not make any money then I might as well create art just for myself and not make any money. Funny how when you say something like that to yourself, everything changes.
With drama and flourish I announced to the universe "That's it, I am done with licensing" and then I said "Well what are you going to do?" 

There is a lot of talk out there about doing what you love and following your passion. It all sounds nice  but what if you don't know what that is, or rather, what if you THINK you don't know what that is? 

I have long been a follower of Beth Kempton's "Do What You Love for Life" blog. I knew Beth from a  Kelly Rae Roberts e-class and liked her writing style as well as her insightfulness. One morning while wallowing in my misery, an email came through from Beth offering a class called "Do What You Love". Clearly the universe was listening, either that or Beth has really great hearing.
Although I am a person who holds on to my money with a vice like strength (it comes from my grandmother), I asked myself "Am I worth investing in?" I couldn't exactly say no, and I took the plunge.

I am so happy that I did. It changed my perspective on everything, it allowed me to see things that I hadn't seen before and it made me realize that I am in control of this creative ship. It also made me realize that I am doing what I love, it just needed a little tweaking.
In other words, it was a game changer.

Being so impressed with the class, how it was presented and organized and the tools and reference material; I signed up for another of Beth's classes. This one is called "The E-Course Creation Masterclass" and I can't wait to start it. 

I have no idea if I want to create an E-Course but the moral of this story is that you absolutely have to keep learning and challenging yourself creatively and intellectually.
And more importantly.........you can escape Funkytown

and you are welcome for that Funkytown link.












Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Story Behind the Art-Kathleen Taylor

The Story Behind the Art-Kathleen Taylor

Hello and welcome to the eighth installation of 
THE STORY BEHIND the ART

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art or collection created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

This month's guest is Kathleen Taylor. I have known Kathleen for so long that I can't remember how we met. My best guess is that it was at an art fair where one or both of us had a booth. 
I have always been a fan of her work and have enjoyed watching it develop over the years.
Recently Kathleen posted images from her Envelope Project on Facebook and I knew that it would make a great Story Behind the Art

(If you are in Atlanta the weekend of April 8, 9 and 10, Kathleen will be in booth #137 at The Atlanta Dogwood Festival.)


Introducing Kathleen Taylor and the Envelope Project 

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Paula Joerling


The Envelope Project began with a recent estate sale find.
I found a $3.00 basket brimming with vintage postage stamps and cancelled envelopes. The envelopes told touching stories of connection between soldiers and sweethearts at home, relatives and distant family, best friends.

Paula Joerling

I am an artist and collector of all things vintage. I began to draw images and words on the envelopes, incorporating the original stamps and markings.

Paula Joerling

Creating art out of these ordinary papers gave me a way to preserve a dying form of communication in this digital age. The letter writers, their stories and words are given new life through the art. I wanted to bring attention to the power and beauty of words on paper.

Paula Joerling

Most of my adult life I’ve been fortunate to be a working artist. Today I create mixed media art that I sell through my website, galleries, art shows. My images are licensed to gift and needlework manufacturers.


Paula Joerling


Follow the links to learn more about Kathleen and her work.

Website-KathleenTaylorStudio

Kathleen Taylor Studio on Facebook

Instagram- Painted Pieces