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Don't be a goat



Are people so much like goats that they fear to explore their own personal tastes, both literally and figuratively?   When you see people dressing alike, their homes decorated so boring…so dull… so unimaginatively, their lives such hum drum of the ho  hums.  Are they just hoping to get through life unnoticed?  Unscathed?  Teaching their children, their spouse and especially themselves that “I am not unique,  I am so ordinary, so dull, that I don’t want to explore the wonder, the excitement of being alive and being me”.   

   

Well you can certainly get through this “ordeal” of what you are calling life or you can reach deep inside and begin living an inspired life.  Don’t be  goat – break away from the stubborn herd.  Be unique – be you!  Live your life with some spice.
Have you ever watched the reality television show “Project Runway”? Well if you haven’t – it is competition of fashion designers whose work is then judged by a panel of industry experts.   What stands out every season is that the winner is ALWAYS the designer who speaks in their own voice – communicates a unique style.  Aspire to be the winner of your project runway, i.e. LIFE – speak with your own voice.  Don’t be a goat.  Live, dress, design and create with some pizzazz!!!! Be the winner in your own reality show.

I reject your rejection

Are you an artist who enters juried shows and competitions?   Are you befuddled by the jurors scores and criteria they use to "accept" or "reject"?  In my personal experience as a "juror" and a "juree" that seems to be no sense to the process.


I have  heard jurors eliminate art because they don't "like" landscapes, abstracts, realism or whatever their personal prejudices are.  It might even be that they don't the color red, green, purple. The process is subjective and based upon the jurors personal preferences.  But ouch...it can hurt when you are the end of the rejections. Sometimes they have hundreds of applicants in your category and your scores didn't quite make the round (based upon their tastes).

I recently was on the end of one these polite rejection letters.  You know the one "We received 800 applicants for the 250 spots available and unfortunately your scores were high enough to warrant inclusion.  We encourage you to apply again next year."  Hell yeah they want me (and you) to apply next year.  800 artists paying $35 to apply = $28,000. 

I don't know about you but I have NEVER made $28,000 at one art show.  The online competitions are just as bad.  Inclusion in their online show costs them nothing and they can tens of thousand of dollars on those of us who are trying to build recognition.  Enough if you are "lucky" (said with a sarcastic tone)  accepted in these shows (and I have numerous times) the likelihood of sales resulting from the exposure is dismal.

Back to my recent rejection.   This was from a show I have done in  the past and sold lots of work.  The public voted with their dollars.   I have recently participated in a high end, prestigious show in Chicago and nearly sold out.  I sell regularly to businesses, education institution and numerous private collectors.  My sales have proven that there is a market for my work. So...I reject your rejection.

My value, my work, my creativity does not value your opinion so...I reject your rejection. 

When life gets in the way of creativity

Honestly I can say that I have always prioritized my studio time.   I have a weekly date to spend at least one full day in the studio and on the rare occasion that is has been missed I suffer.   But lately life is pressing in and studio time feels like another obligation...until I get there.   Once I put on my music and put paint to canvas the world disappears.

Have you ever experienced this?   It happens when you lose track of time reading a good book, digging in the garden, listening to music and most often when you are engaged in creativity.  This right brain activity is meditative.  It is soul restoring.  So why do we put it at the bottom of our priority list? 

I have many friends who tell me that "want" to find time for creativity but for a variety of reasons...they never seem to get around to it.


So here is your "round tuit".  Guard it carefully because many people want this never seem to get one.  

Permission granted - go create today!

Charlie Mingus - Aw Um



Charlie Mingus - Aw Um  album was the inspiration for this piece.  Here is some information about this work. He tells many stories through his work - including protests, a gospel song, etc.

Mingus Ah Um is one of the supreme works of bassist Charles Mingus. Recorded in 1959 on Columbia Records, Mingus Ah Um built upon bebop conventions to create a masterpiece, at times roiling and dissonant, and at times pristinely beautiful.

In the mid 1950s, Mingus began composing and performing with a rotating band he called the "Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop." Mingus Ah Um marks the height of this ensemble's accomplishments. Many of the pieces on the album are some of the most recognizable songs in jazz, and their performances are at once highly arranged, and yet loose and seemingly improvised.

The opening track, "Better Get it in Your Soul," is a jubilant gospel song. Over infectious blues riffs, the instrumentalists occasionally stray from the choir with rapturous outbursts. Throughout the statements of the melody, Mingus himself can be heard intoning like a preacher, singing "oh yes I know!" and "Hallelujah!"

"Goodbye Porkpie Hat" is a ballad written for saxophonist Lester Young, and named after Young's signature headwear. The melody is haunting and beautiful, and played in unison or octaves by tenor saxophonists John Handy and Booker Ervin except for one note, on which they play the dissonant interval of either a minor second or minor ninth. The single dissonance resembles a wince, and it's perhaps a subtle nod to Young's pained life.

The other ballad on the album is not as dark, but just as beautiful, and tinged with sadness. "Self-Portrait in Three Colors" features a dulcet unison line in two saxophones, under which the other horns eventually join in with counter lines. The accretive result is a swirling tapestry, with one dissonance resolving into another.

"Fables of Faubus" is a bitterly sardonic protest song. It is inspired by the 1957 Little Rock Nine incident in Arkansas, when Governor Orval Faubus stood in the way of desegregation in public schools. The song has also been recorded including biting lyrics, but this version attempts to express the same vitriol with instruments alone.

Release Date:

1959 on Columbia Records

Personnel:

  • John Handy — alto sax, clarinet, tenor sax
  • Booker Ervin — tenor sax
  • Shafi Hadi — tenor sax, alto sax
  • Willie Dennis — trombone
  • Jimmy Knepper — trombone
  • Horace Parlan — piano
  • Charles Mingus — bass, piano
  • Dannie Richmond — drums

Track List:

  1. Better Git It In Your Soul
  2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  3. Boogie Stop Shuffle
  4. Self-Portrait in Three Colors
  5. Open Letter to Duke
  6. Bird Calls
  7. Fables of Faubus
  8. Pussy Cat Dues
  9. Jelly Roll
  10. Pedal Point Blues
  11. GG Train
  12. Girl of My Dreams

Winter Studio Time

Here in Michigan we just received our first winter storm.   Fifteen inches of snow in two days with temperatures hitting 30 below zero.   While it is beautiful we were under a winter advisory and told to stay indoors.  Yeah!!!!!!  For me this means two days of studio time.   I completed several new paintings but unfortunately we now have a few days of gray skies.  Without  sunlight I cannot properly photograph them.   Stay tuned...when the sun returns I will be posting new work.

Unlike some I love the winter.  The changes of seasons always brings new inspiration, new activities and some much needed cozying up.  I live in a log home out in the countryside surrounded by woods so when winter hits it feels like being away at the lodge.  Where ever you live - snuggle in and engage in your creativity!
 

Are you creating a life worth living?

I am in Chicago for the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart - downtown Chicago.  I arrived yesterday with my car loaded with artwork and found my way to the Mart despite the crazy traffic (and unable to see out the back window).  Got my booth set and able to take a peek at some of the other booths being set up.  Wowie - what talented people!  I feel honored to be among these artisans.What really stood out for me when talking to these artists who arrived from all over the country is how passionate they are about their creativity.  These shows are expensive to participate in and require a lot of physical work but they come gladly to share their work...and hopefully make enough money to  reinvest in their passion.  I love being around artists because they are really living their lives.  Are you?  Or maybe you dream of  the someday.... someday I will engage in my creative pursuit.  Someday I will write that book.  Someday I will open that bakery or interior design company.  

Just like the television commercial that asks what you will engage in when you retire - why not now?   I am.   If you need a little encouragement or strategies to begin visit http://www.MoxyMarketplace.com   

If you can attend the One of a Kind Show December 4th - 7th I have a free gift of you.  Stop by my booth 3139G.  Hope to see you there.

Meet me at the One of a Kind Show Chicago

The One of a Kind Show in Chicago is the one the biggest art events in the country.  With over 600 artists arriving from all over the country you are sure to find the unique "one of a kind" Christmas gift for someone special.

I will be exhibiting and have created some new dramatic pieces specifically for this show.  Stop by my booth 3138G and I have special (and free) gift for you. Stop by I would love to meet you!   As a follower you will receive up to 30% off any purchase.  The show is December 5-8th at the Merchandise Mart downtown Chicago.

10 Creative Christmas Presents


Are you struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift for that someone special?   Do they already have everything they need or want?  Do you wander around the shopping center racking your brain trying to find something they will really enjoy...for years to come?   This is the case for many of us every holiday season.   Why not think differently about the gift itself?  Here are some suggestions that are sure to bring a smile to their face and memory that will warm their heart.

1.   A gift certificate for art lessons or workshop.   Why don't you and your son, daughter, husband, mother or girlfriend experience  a wonderful day of creating together?  Time is the most precious commodity anymore - give the gift of yourself and creativity.  Check with your local arts council or art center to find out where classes are offered. 

2.   Buy art supplies for you and the recipient to spend a day making a project.   Go to Etsy or Pinterest to get some great ideas.

3.  Buy tickets to a broadway show, play, symphony or concert.   We don't attend near enough of these kinds of events...but when we do - we are blown away!  Go get blown away.

4.  Buy a piece of original art.  The shopping is as much fun as receiving this original gift.

5.  Make a photobook at Shutterfly of family (or friend) events, vacations, etc.  You can add text to make them even more personalized.

6.  Give a certificate of time.   Give them a certificate giving them a day for the two of you to bake all day or make a gourmet meal for them... complete with candles and wine.

7.  Compose a set of poems based upon your relationship.  Maybe hire an artist to illustrate it.  This gift would be cherished for a lifetime.

8.  Hire a musician to write and record a song especially for them.
 

9.  Take your old family slides and create an unique lamp shade. 

 

10.  Make a quilt or throw from their old sweaters.  What a great way to snuggle up.



I hope these ideas have sparked your imagination and give gifts that will create memories.

Are you designing and dressing like a goat?

Are people so much like goats that they fear to explore their own personal tastes, both literally and figuratively? When you see people dressing alike, their homes decorated so boring…so dull… so unimaginatively, their lives such hum drum of the ho hums. Are they just hoping to get through life unnoticed? Unscathed? Teaching their children, their spouse and especially themselves that “I am not unique, I am so ordinary, so dull, that I don’t want to explore the wonder, the excitement of being alive and being me”.


Well you can certainly get through this “ordeal” of what you are calling life or you can reach deep inside and begin living an inspired life. Don’t be goat – break away from the stubborn herd. Be unique – be you! Live your life with some spice.
Have you ever watched the reality television show “Project Runway”? Well if you haven’t – it is competition of fashion designers whose work is then judged by a panel of industry experts. What stands out every season is that the winner is ALWAYS the designer who speaks in their own voice – communicates a unique style. Aspire to be the winner of your project runway, i.e. LIFE – speak with your own voice. Don’t be a goat. Live, dress, design and create with some pizzazz!!!! Be the winner in your own reality show.

Modern Art Without Taking Out a Mortgage

Original modern art that makes a statement…without taking out a second mortgage? The truth? You don’t need to visit a high-priced, elite gallery to find the perfect piece of art for your home or business. I get that you are a busy professional with a demanding career, with a growing family or maybe a new empty next, college tuition, vacations scheduled and investment programs that you are financing. I also know that your home is your haven. A place where at the end of the day you put your feet up, grab a glass of wine and relax. You want this space to speak to your personal aesthetics and don’t want the typical home art décor that most designers suggest or provide. You want your art to be as unique as you and your home are but… you don’t want to spend thousands for that statement art piece. This is where I come in. I am Jane Robinson and my paintings are original AND affordable. By purchasing directly from my studio you avoid the 50% gallery commission. I believe that every person should be able to create interiors that luxurious yet within your means. Your home’s artwork is the signature of your style aesthetic. My work has been sold globally, won awards and can be found in hundreds of private homes, corporations, businesses, hotels and institutions of higher learning. My style works well in Classic Contemporary to French Modern. My own retreat is a log home with modern, eclectic furnishings and design. I believe that you should surround yourself with items you love and not be restrained by a specific design style. I also believe that you can achieve this without breaking the bank. For these reasons I have created work that makes a statement AND you won’t need to sell your first-born child. I get it, that sometimes buying artwork online can feel risky so I offer a no-risk guarantee. Try any piece in your home for one week and if it doesn’t work the way you envisioned it, return it for a full refund… no questions asked. Furthermore, please note that all my paintings are signed on the back of the canvas so you can hang them virtually, horizontally or even turn it upside down. You decide how it looks best in your space. << MORE >>

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  1. Don't be a goat
    Tuesday, March 25, 2014
  2. I reject your rejection
    Sunday, March 02, 2014
  3. When life gets in the way of creativity
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014
  4. Charlie Mingus - Aw Um
    Friday, January 17, 2014
  5. Winter Studio Time
    Saturday, January 11, 2014
  6. Are you creating a life worth living?
    Wednesday, December 04, 2013
  7. Meet me at the One of a Kind Show Chicago
    Thursday, November 28, 2013
  8. 10 Creative Christmas Presents
    Monday, November 18, 2013
  9. Are you designing and dressing like a goat?
    Monday, October 21, 2013
  10. Modern Art Without Taking Out a Mortgage
    Friday, October 04, 2013

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