sweetBOY and I were chatting about the dreaded copying thing. where the line is. what to say. when to be flattered.
i have talked a lot about creative practicing and what that looks like to me. when everything I have soaked up and studied becomes mine.
it’s ok to copy when you are practicing. some would disagree and that is totally ok. i know that when i need to learn how to draw a unicorn. i have to look at a picture of an unicorn. every single artist looks at other artists work. judges it in their own mind. mentally circles the parts that speak to her. crosses the other stuff off the list of possibilities. everyone. and if they say they don’t, i call bull****. unless they are a hermit with no power and no access to a mailbox. those guys get a pass.
when is it not ok?
for me. (and let me repeat it. FOR ME) it’s when you stare at it long enough that it is emblazoned in your noggin and you don’t even know it. and then you put it on paper. and you still don’t even know it but you pretty much recreated that tattooed mental image. when you hit the upload button and sweat it out a little inside. (pretty sure you know what I am talking about.) and then you share it as your own. often we don’t do it on purpose. sometimes not though.
i am not the girl that is going to sit around and point fingers. i honestly don’t have the energy to spare. but I need a way to see it and let it go with goodness. and i need to give the world a little grace. and mostly i need remind myself to be flattered that someone loves my stuff enough to take time to work it into their own art and that the process makes them happy. because even creative goodness rolls downhill and I am NOT on top of the hill. not by a long shot.
sweetBOY listens to me as I decide which side of the fence to sit on today (hormones may be involved). and he says.
your uniqueness comes from style, not content. -clay donaldson
and that puts me exactly where I need to be. no fences involved.
all I can say is WHEW! this whole biz end of the art thing is EXHAUSTING. seriously.
but it is time to let go of some of my work that i love most. time to fly to different parts of the big blue marble.
i was telling sweetBOY (now age 20. ack!) about trying to sum up the courage to sell my originals. he said it was his favorite part of my process. it meant that pieces of me were everywhere. and how can that not be a good thing.
so there you go. i am offering up the prettiest pieces of me.
i was working on updating my portfolio with a new little twist. my originals that are available for sale have their own category. if you want to see if your fave is listed just head to my portfolio pageand click on “original available for purchase”. The size and price and such are listed right below the pieces that are now available. i will be adding more over the next few days BUT if it is in my portfolio and not on the “available” page – it has already sold (that is another batch of updates. argh.)
ps. if you are thinking – hey, danielle – what about prints? i am working on it. although i have a rule going into it. if the original hasn’t sold, there won’t be prints of it. so if you love it, make it yours. and i will be honored to have a piece of me in your corner of the world.
Last week my first solo online class went live. Wow. This online class thing is a whole new world to me. So much to share and learn and move forward with! (btw. the class content is available for a year so you can still get your creative on. creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadows).and thank you againjeanne oliverfor giving me the opportunity to shine.
(An amazingly awesome bit of love from kooky makesabout my class inserted here)
My work always features translucency which is one of the many things I love about Danielle’s work. This made it easy to copy her techniques step by step in a few pieces but then create a piece of my own by substituting some of the materials with ones I love working with & changing the subject matter to things I love to paint.’ Thank you for such an awesome class. You and your badass self rock!
And about that creative practicing thing. you can read more about it HERE. Seriously. This class is such an inspiring example of positive and creative sharing and practicing. it makes my heart happy.
Over the course of the “live” week of my class, several members asked (in different ways) how to feel comfortable sharing and owning their work. it took me a while to find the right words. the words that might make sense to peeps. and then i think i put the right words together.
When comparison monsters rear their ugly heads and scare you out of sharing. (I know you know what I am talking about.)
I think (and this is totally my opinion) that often when I felt most insecure or worried about sharing stuff is when I hadn’t made the process or the piece my own. That step where you take the stuff from all that you see, all the classes you take, all the creative dreaming you do, and make it your own. That is not to say sharing the process (like when you are working on a specific project in my class) is a bad thing – it is an awesome thing!
True creative souls LOVE to build each other up and share the good, bad and ugly. BUT when you look at your work and feel like you have made something the world hasn’t seen – that is when comparison doesn’t matter and confidence takes over. Each of you have that in you. Take bits and pieces of what you learn and see and make it your own. You go, girls. You go!
So that sums it up. And then beautiful things happen. Here are some of the pieces my little creative souls made in the last couple of weeks. After watching me. After practicing my stuff. They made it theirs. I love that I can see little bits of me in them. And I love that they shared and owned it. Like rockstars.
Hello peeps! Only a few days left to sign up at the earlybird price ($28) for my first solo e-course hosted by the ever-so-lovely Jeanne Oliver.
Some lucky duck will receive a fun package filled with $130 worth of my fave supplies and this super sassy mini original valued at $70. Just follow Jeanne’s instructions on her blog post HERE.
You can read about and sign up for my class HERE. Remember, you need to first register as a member on her .ning site (it’s totally free). Once you are a member you can choose my class and sign up for it.
So if you are on the fence. Get off. For goodness sakes!
I am so stinkin’ excited to share that I am FINALLY teaching my very own online class. (Hopefully the first of many) Jeanne Oliver has graciously offered to play hostess-with-the-mostest.
creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows.
Once upon a time there was a tiny-ish girl who loved to cut, draw, and paint. She saw things in the sunshine and shadows that other people never seemed to notice. She bounced all that wonderfulness around inside her noggin for a bit, and out popped magical pieces of art that told her stories when words couldn’t.
I’m that girl, and guess what? I want to share a part of my creativeSTORY with you. YES YOU!
The Land of Light and Shadow is a one week course with me (creativeGIRL) that will inspire you to add depth to your work by using a bunch of super fun techniques. You’ll play with all sorts of mediums including pencil and pen work, watercolors, acrylics and patterned paper creating yummy layers. And just when you think you are done, you’ll practice adding highlights and tucking in shadows here and there to make your art sparkle. Sounds awesome, right?
Please join me the week of April 28th for a romp with watercolors and white pens and all sorts of creative shenanigans into The Land of Light and Shadows.
This is a one week class with everything instantly available on April 28th!
The course has an early registration price of $28. After April 1st the price goes to $34
This post is the fourth in my new series, “I support creative practicing”. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be sharing some of the creative souls that help me to grow as an artist. Each of them openly acknowledges who pushes them to grow their art. Each of them supports the process of creative practicing. Soaking it all in, learning from all sorts of creatives and then turning it all into something that they can call their own. As it should be. Seriously.
I have been asked to be a part of an upcoming class, Studying Under the Masters hosted by Jeanne Oliver and includes 7 other amazing artists. The premise of the class is that each of us will study under a master artist as an apprentice. I will be focusing on Georgia O’Keeffe and copying her work and studying her as an apprentice would. I will (hopefully) take bits and pieces of what I learned from her and turn them into something that is all mine.
This week I am happy to share an amazingly creative soul (and constant inspiration to me), roben-marie roberts smith.
Tell me about what is sitting on your art table right now. Who inspired you to create it? What did you see that spurred you into action? Can we see a picture of it?
On my table right now is a Moleskine Planner for The Documented Life Project hosted by Art to the 5th, which is myself and four other artists. I was inspired by Lorraine Bell. We were on vacationing in Grand Cayman and I saw her altered Moleskine Planner on the table and I wanted so badly to touch it, to see it, to hold it in my hands. Finally, I could not stand it any longer and asked about it. Once I saw the components of calendar, diary and art journal I was sure that I needed one immediately. We hopped in the car and were so lucky to find four planners in stock on a tropical island. Clearly, it was meant to be! That planner has become a project we are sharing on Facebook which has grown larger than we could have ever imagined! (see journal in collage above)
If you could sit next to one of the masters and pick their creative brains, who would it be and why?
I would love to sit next to Salvador Dali and talk to him about his Alice in Wonderland prints. When I saw the prints in his museum I was taken by the beauty of the prints and how distinctly different they were from his other works with which I was familiar. I wondered if his extreme shifts in style throughout his life, which fascinates me, represent shifts in his daily life? What happened? What does each style symbolize?
It fascinates me to see another artist whose style is shifting significantly as I feel shifts in my own style occurring.
If you could sit next to a creative crush for a day, who would it be? And don’t cheat, it has to be someone who has no idea who you are?
If you can, describe the magical turn when something that comes together -when all the bits and pieces fall together after lots of practice?
When I am working to master a new technique or project, I find that I have to sit with it for a while. I let the thoughts and ideas marinate, turning them over in my mind, waiting for that moment when the missing piece announces its arrival. That is when my excitement builds and I run to my studio to get ideas down onto whatever medium I am using. Once I start it is difficult to drag me away as I fight the bit of scary that mixes in with the excitement and fuels my adrenaline. We all have that experience of fear that this is the last creative spurt I will ever have so I better enjoy it.