Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Eventually I'll Figure This Out

Knit Baby Hat
As I pull my hair out of my head by developing a new website/blog I have resorted to double posting. How wonderful is that? Um, it's not. I have never been more flabbergasted by the steepest learning curve I have come across since geometry in high school. Man, it's difficult.

However, knitting has been happening. Painting? I can't right now. I think I might have to change that up soon too. Oil paints have been calling me and I might oblige, if Mr. Resistance will let me.

This baby hat was knit in one sitting, while sort of watching television one night. Soon as it was finished I started another one, same pretty color in this lovely wool yarn. I love how the stitches look all nice and neat and together. Happy me.

So yeah, WordPress. Crazy people think it's so easy to develop yourself, so professional looking. Well, okay, it's professional, clean, neat, crisp, if you find the right theme to work with. Then there are the plugins, the widgets, the menus, the categories. Ugh, like I said, there's a lot to learn language wise.

So, here I am, blogging over here, and, blogging over there. How I am going to move this blog over to that blog I have no clue.

I guess I'll figure that one out, eventually.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thought for Thursday

"I am definitely going to take a course on time management… just as soon as I can work it into my schedule."~Louis E. Boone

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Resistance Likes Painting, Not Knitting

The thing about resistance is that it has a life of it's own. Mr. Resistance is not a nice entity and can waylay one's ambitions just as surely as the sun rising and setting each day. 

In other words, it/he/whatever is powerful. And some days it's just easier to let resistance have it's way.

The Big Rib Cowl

However, knitting is happening here. Lots of knitting these quick big knits have been flying off my needles. That Mr. Resistance just likes painting right now, I guess.

Last week I participated in another shopping event. I brought the same wares: paintings, notecards of paintings, jewelry, and hand knitting. Everyone was very positive about all of my work. I met some very interesting people and had some wonderful conversations. One baby bracelet sold the whole night.

Most of us vendors enjoy meeting each other, looking at our wares, and doing some shopping ourselves! It's a nice evening out. Even nicer if pieces sell. Overall, it's good exposure, good practice speaking about my work, and the work gets out there in public.

But these cowls I've been knitting have become a popular item. I've sold quite a few so far.

Right away the colors are strong, just how I like it. The pattern is big. I like that too. There's a little sparkle. Also nice.

So, okay, maybe the paintings aren't moving as well as the knitting, and some jewelry designs. But the plus side is that if I sell some knitting I get to buy art supplies.

I should only paint.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Resistance Means Just Do It

There is no time for painting. There is no time for jewelry designing. There really isn't even time for knitting, but somehow that is the only thing I've taken time out for. Imagine that?

Paintings for the shopping event on Thursday
Resistance is such a hard thing to push aside. It's my number one issue, and the one I was making headway with the past few years.

It's been said that the thing we avoid doing is exactly the thing we must drive into full force. Every book or article I have read on the subject says this and that about that. Artist's block, resistance, distraction, overwhelm, it's all the same: avoidance of the important stuff. Soon as there's a to-do list, you can be sure we will try to get around doing the things listed.

Ok, that's my story, and I'll stick to it for now.

I have been avoiding developing my own website/blog on another platform than this one. Just deciding on a domain name was hard enough, but it's taken me until now to finally make that live with hosting. All the how, where, when, why, what you can think of and I've been there.

So now I've taken the leap of faith and I did it. What next? Developing the site takes time. Eventually I'll be okay with what I have and let it go live.

It's a brave thing to step out of your comfort zone. But if other artists can do it, I should be able to do it too. All that marketing stuff I've been studying will eventually pay off.

Meanwhile, this week I'm participating in another shopping event nearby. I'll bring some paintings, some jewelry, and some hand knit items and not every piece I own either.

After that, maybe I can get back to painting something new. If I can stay away from the computer and the website stuff.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thought for Thursday

“You may wonder which came first: the skill or the hard work. But that's a moot point. The Zen master cleans his own studio. So should you.” ~Twyla Tharp

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Art Language is Easy, Computer Language, Not so Much

Navigating to a new blogging platform is becoming a "thing." There's new language to learn, first off, and working is ridiculously difficult if you speak English and "they" speak Swahili, if you catch my drift.

Greek Dish, 9x10 Watercolor ©Dora Sislian Themelis

Managing this present blog is easy. However, the look of the new site is much nicer, and a bit more professional. If I could figure it out I'd be golden. It's going to take some time. Learning a new language isn't as easy as they say it is.

The language of art comes naturally to me. Thank goodness, or I'd be toast. The vocabulary I need to learn are the words that will kick out Mr. Resistance from my space.

Now that's a tough cookie.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Knitting my Way Out

Painting is just not happening here, guys. Mr. Resistance and Mrs. Distraction, yes I decided distraction is female, have taken up spots on the couch and aren't even thinking of leaving soon.

So I'm knitting.

Big Rib Hand Knit Cowl ©Dora Sislian Themelis
Well, not just knitting, but photographing the finished products, and uploading them to my Etsy shop. You're welcome to go and browse, if you like. No pressure to shop, don't worry.

Besides knitting, I'm working on a new project. I've taken the plunge and ordered my own domain name. Yeah, now I'm a "dot com." Don't ask too many questions, because I really don't have many answers. Seems it's the thing to do, but Man, is it a difficult trek through uncharted waters.

Learning curve is steep, deep, thick, and hard work.

In "dot com" land the language isn't English. Yes, I read the explanation of whatever, it seems to make sense, but the words do not mean the thing I'm thinking they mean. And no where is there any idea what they are talking about. 


Like I said, don't ask. A friend said she's going to find a Wordpress for Dummies book. Sounds like a good idea to me. 

New Work

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