Wow, that was a lot harder then I thought, and even though I didn’t finish in 30 days, I did create 10 new posts for my blog in the month of August. I’m not really sure I’m completely happy with what I wrote about. I would like to focus more on my painting and drawing and illustrating of children’s books then just writing about the business of becoming an artist, but it is what it is I guess. Maybe my next post will include a painting of this beautiful bouquet from my garden. So lucky to live with an amazing gardener. Here’s to completing a challenge and looking forward to more conversations to come….
I checked this amazing book out of the library the other day. Full of inspiration, techniques, art projects and ideas, it’s given me new inspiration to get back to work. I have always struggled with pastels, but in a little over 15 minutes this first sample project came out pretty good I think. Most of what I have learned as an artist I learned at my art desk from books. I have a great colored pencil book and a watercolor book as well that I have used for years to study from.
What do you do to stay inspired?
When I first posted my 30 day challenge, someone asked me about movies. I wasn’t really sure what they meant but I have created a list of my favorite heroines from the big (or little -TV) screen:
Kathleen Kelly from You’ve Got Mail – I love the way she tries to be so nice, and is always like “there’s no excuse for me to be like that,” If only I could be so polite.
Becky Fuller from Morning Glory – Another one of my favorite actresses Rachel McAdams plays a relentless workaholic dedicated to achieving her dream and doing whatever it takes to succeed.
Brigitte Nyborg – from LinkTV’s drama Borgen – I love the way she leads her country. My favorite episode is from Season One Espisode 5 Men Who Love Women. I will never look at women’s rights or equality the same way again. I especially love the part where she convinces the biggest business man in the country to agree to their new bill requiring all businesses to have 50% women on the boards by saying he will get the best women by being a leader.
The women from HBO’s The Newsroom. Especially Mackenzie, Maggie, and Sloan. I love the way they believe in providing real news that is important information for their viewers.
There are probably others I am forgetting, and there are male heroes as well, but this is where I will start today.
I always feel like the test of a good book is if you wonder what the characters are doing when you are not reading the book. I think tv and movie characters work that way too if you think “What would Becky Fuller do?” Did you know that you can follow many of your favorite characters on twitter? Leastways I found the cast members of the newsroom are some of my favorite tweeters!
Do you have a favorite movie or tv hero or heroine you specifically love that motivates you to be a better person?
I read both of these books before I was 21.
The first I read in fourth grade. Sasha, My Friend by Barbara Corcoran. This book is about a little girl who moves to Montana with her dad after her mom dies in a car crash. They live on a Christmas tree farm in Northwest Montana. After reading this book, I decided I was going to move to Montana. All through High School I received Montana Magazine in the mail and although I can’t say I ever read any of the articles, I devoured the pictures. When I was 21 I moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana. My junior year, I got a job for a private contractor planting trees for the USFS. I met my husband on a mountain and the rest is history. Coincidentally we live on 20 acres of Christmas Trees less then 50 miles from where Hallie the girl in Sasha My Friend lives in Montana…
The second book was Laura Lisle’s Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. This biography not only introduced me to one of the greatest artists of all time, but Georgia’s move across the country to Texas and then eventually Sante Fe, not only inspired me to move out west but gave me the courage to do it. I left for Montana less then a year after reading this novel.
Do you ever get frustrated when things don’t go how you want them to?
The importance of email capture
Wow, found a great new podcast to listen to. The savvy painter. She rocks with great interviews and inspiration for building your platform and creating a growing business out of the work that you love.
I have only listened to a few episodes so far.
Duane has some great pointers for reaching out to people on the internet and building a tribe that enjoys your work and giving them access to your work.
OK, well the biggest lesson I learned if I make a challenge to write 10 blog posts and post them every 3 days is I better write them first. Haha. Well I have 9 days left to write 6 more posts I think, so I still have a bit of time. I also think that I need to make a better estimate of what I can get done while working full time.
Some other challenges that have got in my way these last two weeks. I can’t seem to update any changes on my http://www.jackiebeyer.com website I created with iWeb. I remember someone from Godaddy telling me they didn’t think iWeb was supported anymore and I am wondering if this has finally come into effect for me an I have to redo my whole site. I am avoiding this thought as I can’t imagine having to redo all of that work, but I suppose it’s a possibility. Maybe the next site will go faster?
I am also still trying to learn how to put an email capture form up on my WordPress blogs. I think perhaps I am going to have to buy a hosting site? Or maybe I just need to call Godaddy support? I have an account with them. I don’t know. It all seems much more complicated then I expected. And I have watched several videos etc. I have learned a lot about other topics for future reference but I still haven’t solved this problem on my blog itself.
I have done a lot of reading. Thanks to Stephen King’s On Writing I don’t feel guilty about this at all. I actually feel like this is the best thing for me to do. He has a schedule he keeps where he writes 2o00 words each day no matter how long it takes. The rest of the day is spent reading. Since I am working full time, there are lots of days where the only energy I have left is to read so I feel like if I read on those days and other days when I am in the writing mode and can write 2000-5000 words in a day, that works best for me. Perhaps it’s an excuse not to be as disciplined as some but it works for me right now.
I think I had a bit of impostor syndrome creep in as well. I feel like I constantly hear people say “You need to add value” in order to build a following, and I wondered what value I am really offering. I guess eventually following my journey might add some value to your life. I hope so anyway.
Do you ever get impostor syndrome? How do you overcome it? What challenges have you succeeded in and what ones have made you feel like you met your match? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
When at the beach this summer on Father’s Day with my brother’s family, my niece said to me, “What’s that?” when I was writing in my journal. I thought haven’t you ever seen a real journal before? How can that be? I have over 40 of them at least. I realized that one of my special skills is describing things in a visual way with lots of details to capture a moment.
A lot of times, my sketches in my journal provide valuable images for a final product and can enhance a photograph’s limitations when expressing the mood. One example of this is my Glacier Park Bear Notecards I made last summer. I took lots of pictures of the lake, but it was my journal entry from my first day there that helped me capture the essence of the sun hitting the lake and the young couple in love on the bench.