Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thought for Thursday

"I have a mind like a steel trap. Stuff gets in there and WHAM! it never gets back out again."~Bill Austin

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Resistance, Distraction, Unbearable, Oh My

Resistance is in full swing here this winter. Coming out of this one is going to be like wrestling with spaghetti: messy. "Doing" was a good idea, but doesn't look like one that's going to get a lot of traction. 

Apples on Cloth, Watercolor,  9x10 @Dora Sislian Themelis

Goals? Resolutions? Doing? All a distraction from actually working on anything.

It's the end of January already. Is this what the year ahead is going to look like? If so, it's going to be a rough ride. Better buckle up.

Ground hogs, bears, and all manner of beast that hibernate through the winter have the right idea. Let's just sleep through the whole thing, and wake up when the sun is high in the sky making the weather bearable. I have had enough of winter.

However, Mr. Resistance likes to visit in nice weather, too.

Like I said, better buckle up. Mr. Resistance is very chummy with his good friend Mr. Distraction, and they like to get together often, it seems.

I am going to need ammunition, tools, plans. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thought for Thursday

"If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."~ Dale Carnegie

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thought for Thursday

"Your art is vitally important, and what makes it art is that it is personal, important and fraught with the whiff of failure."~Seth Godin

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Doing, to Move On

In this new year of goals and objectives, I may be changing it up some. Maybe not completely. Not in my work, but in my approach to work. 

In earlier posts I told you how I don't do resolutions. I feel better about meeting a goal, but I ran across something someone else wrote and it changed my thinking. That person discussed setting aside resolutions, goals, etc, for Doing. 

"Doing" makes sense.

In Progress Work ©Dora Sislian Themelis

Now, I could be a big Not Doing person when I'm on a roll. I'm sure you must have guessed that by now, how I let Mr. Resistance take up residence here and mess up my mojo.

It's been a dilemma lately. My flow gets disrupted by whatever and I'm doomed.

So, when I read that Doing might be better than a goal it felt right. Doing, instead of Goals. Doing connotes Action in my mind. Maybe Action is also a good word.

In that context, here is my first "Action" in this year of "Doing". I may have decided I can no longer continue on this watercolor painting I stopped working when the hurricane hit Long Island. It's a possibility that I've been holding off because, in my mind, it's done.

Although, if I look at it too much longer I might want to add some brush strokes, but then again, maybe I'm over it.

Doing has to also mean Move On.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Last Minute Holiday Shopping Event

At the last minute I decided to throw my hat in the ring and participate in this holiday shopping event in Long Island City, NY. LIC is a neighborhood that is evolving and becoming very chic with trendy restaurants and shops, a stone's throw from Manhattan, but in the borough of Queens. The Museum of Modern Art re-located in the area a few years ago while the Manhattan location was under renovation, bringing awareness and people.

I liked the idea of showing my work in an art gallery space, and thought this would be a good opportunity. It was a nice event, with lovely co-vendors, organizer, and shoppers. People admired my handmade work and paintings, and I was lucky to sell a few pieces.

Ten10 Studios Carriage House, LIC, NY

My table of items

Close up of my items for sale

Another view of my table

The studio space

The highlight of the day for me was when a group of young brothers came to shop for Christmas gifts. One of them wanted to buy my watercolor painting of tomatoes for his grandmother. When he asked his mother for the money, she said to try finding something a little less expensive. Okay.

He then chose a colorful painting of a coffee pot, pepper, and sea shell. Imagine that? What boy decides to buy art as a Christmas gift? I was impressed.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Knitting Until I'm Dizzy

Even though I haven't returned to the painting I was working on when the hurricane hit, I have been very busy. So busy that I think I'm giving my hands carpal tunnel syndrome. 

I have been knitting my brains out. 

Knitting WIPs (Works In Progress)

Knitting Christmas gifts. Knitting to sell at the holiday shopping event. Knitting the Christmas gift after Christmas. Knitting items to sell at the next shopping event in February. Knitting, Knitting, Knitting!

I'd really like to show you the finished products, but Artist ADD me forgot to take photos of the items before gifting/selling them. 
  1. Here's what you see in this photo of some WIP on the needles and yarn of items already finished: Luscious purple yarn on the needles is a big rib chunky cowl thing I dreamed up. It's similar to the reddish knit above it, but bigger and with sparkly sequins. I gave a couple as gifts to family members and sold quite a few too. It's a great look with a hint of glam.
  2. Chocolate brown yarn with multi-colored flecks is a crochet work, an afghan I promised Son #2. With no time to finish it by Christmas, I just gave him a gift bag with the yarn in it. Of course, he looked at me as if I had two heads when he opened his "gift". 
  3. The two balls of yarn on the lower left are samples of big rib cowls already knit, and waiting for their turn on the needles.
There you have it. 

My habit is to paint/jewelry/house stuff during the working day, and knit at night in my cozy corner in the living room while The Mr. flips channels on the television. Perfect.

I have to learn to put away the knitting during the day. Just get it out of my sight because I could be lured to knit when I have other work to do. Not good. I could lose hours of precious painting time that way. 

And it seems as if I already have.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thought for Thursday

"If you've heard this story before, don't stop me because I'd like to hear it again."~Groucho Marx

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Year

The new year has begun. The excitement of Christmas has passed. The baking, cooking, wrapping, decorating, celebrating, all finished. The anticipation of the new year's start is over, as well as the very first day of 2013. Hopes and wishes for good health and happiness extended to family and friends.

I'm not one to make resolutions like many people like to do at the new year. However, I do enjoy making lists of goals to accomplish.

A New Year  ©Dora Sislian Themelis


The word feels like a defeat from the start. We resolve to...something. As if we were delinquent, not up to par, and we need to get a slap on the wrist by resolving our bad behavior?

I'll pass on the resolution to be a better person thing.

I want to DO better. Meet a challenge. Cross items off a list. Feel a sense of accomplishment.

Goals are upward moving. So I'm making a list of goals to meet in the year ahead. The list evolves as I move along in time. Here's a start:

  • Walk every day
  • Start, and finish things
  • Schedule each day and block out hours of activity
  • Make better use of computer: web site, email list, contacts, etc
  • Continue working on art making
  • Participate in more events to show my work
  • Relax
  • Connect, network, smile
  • Expect abundance and be grateful

It's a beginning. As I said, the list can, and will, change.

Last year, some goals I planned to meet ended up being abandoned. Others I decided not to act on at all. A few I met with flying colors.

I have no expectations other than to review the list each day, each week, each month, and revise, cut, add, change.

Things are going well so far. Today I walked.

It's a start.

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