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11/2/10 9:41 A

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Mintdawn, I understand what you are going through. I don't have any answers for you, but I understand. I just threw away a bunch of drawings and paintings that I did while taking a couple of art classes. It hurt a little bit, but it was also a relief for me to clear them out.

Edited to add: Of course, my work is no where near as beautiful as yours! emoticon

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10/30/10 2:54 P

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Wow - amazing work. Rent a space and do an art show! Auction off the works. Make space for new work. Just some ideas. Part of being a creator is also being a destroyer. So if having them sit around collecting dust is hurting you as an artist, have a memorial and bonfire with friends. ;) Just some ideas all easier said than done but when done, always feels better. :)

"This above all: to thine own self be true" ~ William Shakespeare

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony" - Mahatma Gandhi


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10/30/10 1:49 P

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yeah i've had them online for over a decade and never sold one. i'm 40 years old been doing this since i was 19. http://www.dawnturtle.com/

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10/30/10 12:07 P

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Have you taken pics of them and put them up on the internet for sale - throw it on facebook. See if there is a friend who would like it in exchange for a dinner out...

Think about maybe finding another art-form that doesn't take up space until your paintings take off... Perhaps make a collage of the ones you can't part with... Get creative with the dilemma. part of unblocking the artist is also unblocking the business side of being an artist...

Have fun with it!

"This above all: to thine own self be true" ~ William Shakespeare

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony" - Mahatma Gandhi


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10/30/10 10:21 A

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I really like this program. Its very insightful. Though I still have not picked up a brush and painted yet. Maybe i'm not blocked so much as dammed. I have so many paintings and drawings. hundreds. piles. what after u paint them? they go to my wall or sit in a box. some are lucky enuff to go to a family member. i've tried to sell them they haven't sold. i think that is my main block.

what do i do with the paintings after i paint them? painting a painting then sticking it in that box to sit for another decade is killing me. for a long time i was just compelled to paint and draw it was an unstoppable force. now i feel kind of ashamed to create another orphan without a home. like why bother?

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10/30/10 8:50 A

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I didn't have much time at work this week so I am finally responding to you post! I have experienced synchronicity. I had my massage therapist call me out of the blue to play photographer for him at an event in exchange for massage something days before i was saying how much I miss getting regular massage!

About the pie. Honestly, I think the point is that creativity and arts is in EACH of those pieces of the pie. Someone can create art which is spiritual, ever seen an athlete that makes it look more like art?, play is creativity set loose, your life's work can be a piece of art that is ongoing, your relationship are an incredibly woven and delicately balanced part of our lives and well romance-adventure fuels the fire! All either can be or inspire artistic creation.

Keep on going! :)

"This above all: to thine own self be true" ~ William Shakespeare

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony" - Mahatma Gandhi


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10/28/10 3:36 P

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did u notice that your art didnt get a piece of the pie in part two? is art sposed to fall under work or spirituality? :D mysterious. exercise did have a wedge tho. so according to this program if your making room for your health you're doing well.

i like this program though it is very fun. have u experienced any synchronicity yet? i have had a few things. like i found a celtic art stencil book yesterday...used. i discovered a temporary sculpture that was being taken down the 29th and was able to hunt it up and photograph it yesterday.

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10/19/10 3:51 P

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Lisa, keep on visualizing! emoticon

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10/18/10 11:19 A

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Whoa - awesome artist's dates. I've heard of a lot crazier ideas than doing research on a possible location for a business you are thinking about opening. Seems crazier to work at a dead-end boring job that doesn't remotely interest you for your entire life... then regret taking a risk on trying something that interests you.

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10/18/10 11:05 A

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I did start chapter 2 last week. I had my artist date this weekend, in two parts.

The first part is I went to look at a little building that I pass by every day on my way to work for the past 10 years. I covet this building; I think it would be the perfect needlework shop. It is a rennovated barn, and behind it is a pasture full of horses, but you can see it from a very busy road, and it is just down from a very busy mall. A For Rent sign was put up in front of it last week, so Friday I went to look at it. My husband thinks I'm crazy. But one day I WILL have that building. So I looked at it, visualized my needlework shop, and dreamed of it all afternoon.

The second part of my artist date was a trip to the Natural Science Museum on Saturday afternoon to see a Megaladon exhibit, which was very cool, and to walk the nature trails, which was lots of fun and added to my exercise.

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10/14/10 4:36 P

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Thanks for getting us started on Chapter Two!

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10/13/10 6:01 P

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I am just starting chapter 2 tonight. I will have comments to add tomorrow.

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Just finished reading chapter two and so here are some notes and my thoughts. Let's post some thoughts on the chapter here. What speaks to you most? What are you afraid of in this chapter? What brings you comfort?

This week is all about recovering a Sense of Identity. The chapter mentions going sane and the ebb and flow between gaining strength as an artist and attacks of self-doubt. Be aware this week that self-doubt can lure us into self-sabotage. Some tools to combat are affirmations and keeping our morning pages and creative projects private for the time being.

Safeguard your newly found artist from Poisonous Playmates and the Crazymakers as well as our own Skepticism. Asking ourselves what creative work we are trying to block by being involved with these Poisonous Playmates and Crazy makers as well as choosing to examine and be open-minded to what our skeptic wants to close the door on are tools in our recovery process.

Then there is a section on ATTENTION: are we daydreaming in COULD HAVE, WOULD HAVE, SHOULD HAVE or learning to stay in the now - "finding our capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention"
She mentions that "Pain often teaches us to pay attention because as the future is too terrifying and past to painful to remember - we learn to pay attention to right now."

MY thoughts on the chapter:
I find it interesting she ends that section on crazymakers by prompting us to ask ourselves "what creative work are you trying to block by your involvement with them? This speaks to me as sometimes I wonder if I use my yoga practice and weightloss goals as a safe haven from working on my creative projects. Finding delight in the now is something I have been working on for a little while and I feel it is the key to my next stage of life and vision for my future. Why it is so difficult to let go of lists, drudgery, shoulds, woulds and coulds and just enjoy - I do not know. But I keep trying. Every time I do, I am never sorry for it but fear... I summise this is why artists dates were always so difficult for me.

Okay - well that gets us started.

"This above all: to thine own self be true" ~ William Shakespeare

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony" - Mahatma Gandhi


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