Recently, a friend invited me to participate in a “blog hop.” All I had to do was answer four questions and invite three other bloggers to do the same thing. Being all yes-tilting these days, I said I’d do it , and today’s the day. In the interest of full disclosure, let me just say that I am, in fact, breaking all the rules that were given to me… even though there were only two, and they were both completely reasonable.
Okay, onward! The four questions are supposed to be about writing, but, as you’ll see, I didn’t limit myself.
What am I working on?
- A new 30-day Art Challenge. You can do it with me. Details at the bottom of this post.
- Tomatoes. I grow tomatoes every summer. Or, I should say, I plant tomatoes every summer. I grow tall, green, gorgeous tomato plants that rarely give me much in the way of actual tomatoes. Here are three of this year’s plants. They’ve grown at least 3 and half feet since I planted them. Not one has even the tiniest beginning of a tomato… Yet… I remain undaunted.
*shakes fist at sunny blue sky where, presumably, mischievous tomato gods are snickering*
- A t-shirt and logo design, some custom art and doodle requests, and two (2!) 2015 art calendars.
- Illustrations for a writer-friend’s wonderfully charming children’s book. Here’s one of my early sketches, because who among us does not need to see a doodly little hedgehog now and then.
- The forward bend in yoga. I know. It’s easy. But I want the front of my body to lie flat against my thighs, like the yogis in Yoga Journal. I recently read that the forward bend may be not be good for women as they get older, which only makes me want to do it more. (Yes. I’m competing with my younger self. This really can’t end well.)
- A figure drawing class (through Pencil Kings) and a painting/sketching course called “The Art Of Wild Abandonment,” from Christy Tomlinson’s Scarlet Lime site. Both are excellent, and I mention them because if you’re interested in online art classes, you should check both these sites out.
- New “Doodles & Art” & “Work With Me” pages for this site. (Someday someone wonderful will do all my website work for me. I want that more than a pool boy… and I really want a pool boy.)
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
This question doesn’t feel like it applies to me. Or I don’t care about the answer. Either way, I decided to ask something else….
When do I (and by “I,” I mean all of us) get to wear the title (writer, artist, photographer, musician, maker, poet, yogi, rocket scientist)?
Are you doing it? Then you’re it.
I have more to say on this, and will say it at great length in an upcoming post, but at its core, there’s my answer. I know a lot of people won’t agree. I didn’t agree for a long, long time. But now I think what you actually do is more important than your degree, your credentials, your good intentions, or your big ideas. It’s all about doing the work. More on this subject soon…
Why do I write what I do?
The writer who invited me to participate in this blog hop, Beverly Golden, said in her own post that she believes ideas find us, we don’t find them. I believe that too. Creative ideas appear out of nowhere all the time for me, especially in the shower, because ideas don’t know anything about boundaries, and they have no frontal lobes. (Which, on the whole, is a good thing. I don’t want anything slowing them down.)
How does my writing process work?
Yay, I already answered this one in my illustrated post, “In the moment of creative suckitude.” If you missed it, go see. Reading about my creative process will, if nothing else, make you feel much better about yours!
Here’s where I break the second rule of the blog hop. Instead of tagging three people to answer these four questions, I’ve got a request. I’m looking for blogs that are creatively inspiring – you read them and all you want to do is drop everything and doodle a masterpiece, or paint, or write, or take a picture, or make a collage, or compose a symphony. If you have a suggestion (or lots of suggestions), please leave a comment, and I’ll love you forever.
My 30-day Art Challenge
In July, I’m starting a new 30-day Art Challenge. My goal is to complete a painting (and/or inking) every day for 30 days. I’ve been unusually busy lately and have had trouble carving out time for anything that isn’t part of a class, or something I’ve promised to someone else (most of which I love doing, but the lack of spare time is a downside to being in this YES place), so this challenge will help me get focused and productive on my personal art goals. If you’ve been having trouble too, join me! Your goal can be to write a certain number of words every day, or take a photo, or write a poem, or do any artful thing every day that you really want to do but haven’t felt you had time for. It’s all about deciding your art matters and making time to do it.
I’ll be posting about my 30 days here, and on Facebook. If we’re not friends already on Facebook, send me a friend request. I have a lot of fun (and share a lot of art) over there.