“15 Minutes” Is Good for Your Creativity!

Please have a look at my “15 minutes” – an article about the “Visions of Artists Alive and Well” show last Saturday: http://www.eadolife.com/2012/01/25/arts-culture/art/art-show/visions-of-artists-alive-and-well (several pics of me, other artists and our work in the slide show at the top, plus a short piece about me, the show and Artists Alive & Well – no, I haven’t been painting 30 years, only since 2007!).

I firmly believe in acknowledging your own successes and in accepting all positive acknowledgements others give you. I don’t see how an artist can thrive creatively without this kind of nourishment. Maybe a driven “certifiable”¬†creative genius could, but not a more ordinary mortal like me.

I’ll let you know what kind of inspiration arises out of this little boost for my artist’s ego. ūüôā

Happy creating – Linda

Showing Your Work as a Creative Process

 

Do Not Go Gentle, acrylic, 40x30, (c) 2011

An opportunity to show your work… is an opportunity to be creative.¬†At the very least, showing your work is a way to¬†acknowledge your creativity. That may sound like artist’s ego talking. Probably is. AND I believe that acknowledging your own creativity — affirming it, celebrating it, shouting it from the rooftops — is essential for an artist’s growth.

My creativity has felt a little stagnant lately, and one of the missing elements is not interacting with my work by¬†putting it on public display. Selecting and arranging my art for an exhibit¬†inherently involves taking a close look at my “babies” and giving them my own stamp of approval: This or that piece deserves the honor of being shown.

No matter how hard I am on myself — and I¬†tend to be my toughest critic — when I enter a show, I have to engage with the work and discover¬†something worthwhile. I have to admit that I LIKE this or that painting (or jewelry) enough to show it. I have to wire the painting, add a price card. I have to submit photos to the exhibit organizers. Most often, I have to pay for the privilege of publically saying I like these creations of mine.

As a stimulus to my creative process, choosing to enter an art exhibit is priceless! I’m in a show this weekend (see below for the “commercial” — you’re invited!). I can’t wait to see what happens next in my studio.

Happy creating — Linda

P.S. Houston art lovers — You’re invited to “Visions of Artists Alive and Well” on Saturday, 1/21, 1-5PM, at JoMar Visions, 902 Hardy Street. I have 7 pieces in the show, including my most recent work, “Do Not Go Gentle…” and “Vortices” (triptych), plus prints and clearance items. See you there! — Linda

Inspiration Is Where You Find It

Vortices (triptych), Linda Summers Posey, acrylic, 30x15each, (c) 2011

I was skimming a list of calls to artists in my email, when one item grabbed my attention — an artists’ residency program at the Torpedo Factory, a well-known arts center in D.C.¬†My usual reaction would be, “Forget that. I’m probably not qualified anyway.” But the criteria for this program clearly state that it’s open to emerging artists.

C’est moi! And if I don’t apply, some other emerging artist will get my spot.

Now,¬†I’m open to the possibility. More importantly, I have fresh stimulus for my creativity. The application asks what you plan to work on during the residency. So I’m thinking about what new creations I want to play with, what new media¬†I want to explore, new styles I want to invent — all because I read about this program.

I may or may not wind up applying¬†— who knows, I may find a more suitable program somewhere else. But my creative juices are bubbling and whirling in whole new directions. So thank you, Torpedo Factory — perhaps we’ll meet¬†this summer!

What stimulates your creative possibilities? Please share with us.

Happy creating — Linda

Happy New Creative Year!

How can you make 2012 more creatively fulfilling?

I HATE the thought of making New Year’s Resolutions. They’re usually forgotten before I take the 1st step.

This year, I finally noticed the elephant in the room or, in this case,¬†the house. I’ve had it up to here with clutter, the mass of “stuff” from long-term living in one home.¬†So I did something I can only call a resolution — I “resolved” to reinvent my¬†space. Yes, I mean clean¬†it, clear it¬†and organize it so it supports me, my life (including my spouse) and my art career.¬†By IT, I mean everything in my environment — from cathedral-ceilinged living room to the tiniest cabinet, from my studio/home office¬†to the garage.

What’s more, I’ve taken action! I hired a professional organizer who’s¬†creating order at lightnight speed and coaching me to let go of everything useless, unnecessary and unadored. The public areas are already under control —¬†and my art shows off nicely against the clear, open background of the living/dining areas. My studio is open and functional — though there’s still plenty to clear out there. Now we’re attacking the closets, cupboards¬†and garage — the hidden spaces where clutter lurks, waiting to take over your life!

Why am I describing this in such detail?¬†Of course, I’m proud of the good start I’ve made, and I want to encourage you to start¬†something that will improve your life in 2012. Whether it’s cleaning up or taking a new art class or addressing a health issue, VALUE yourself and your creative life enough to do whatever it takes to¬†preserve and enhance it. I’ll be reporting on my progress occasionally, and I hope you will too.

Happy New Year & Happy Creating — Linda