Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fear as Resistance

“Resistance has no strength of its own. Every ounce of juice it possesses comes from us. We feed it with power by our fear of it. Master that fear and we conquer Resistance.”
from The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thought for Thursday

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” -Alice in Wonderland

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Finished Work!

Finished products are amazing things, let me tell you. Some how the work gets done as I am in that hazy fog of creativity. Then I blink and Voila! finished products. It’s hard to explain, but, there you have it.
Two finished paintings, another started, and two finished jewelry pieces are the result of that working haze. You already saw the finally finished work in a previous post. The second piece is a smaller work I started and finished immediately before I moved onto the painting I was avoiding. It helped to have one work done to spur me on...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thought for Thursday

” Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself” – Charlie Chaplin

Please visit my new site at Dora Sislian Themelis Art

Monday, March 11, 2013

Finally A Finished Product

The painting was patiently waiting for me to return to the studio to finish it. And now it's done. I added more color and dimension and called it quits. This photo does not do it justice. The background is not as green as it seems here. There's ochre and blue, burnt sienna and umber, but okay. 

More importantly, it is a finished work.

Flower Shadows, 18x24 Watercolor
©2013 Dora Sislian Themelis

What's a little bit more exciting is that I also started and finished another smaller painting on the same day as this was finished. While this was drying, I designed and finished two new necklaces. Let me say that I was on a roll that day. Making the decision to work, having it become a commitment to working, caused productivity. Heady stuff.

Also exciting, on my end anyway, is my new venture. I've been working on a new blog/website platform on Wordpress and it has been a struggle. However, it's a clean, neat look and still needs decorating. Just like new diggs, decorating takes time.

Please drop in over there and visit. I've written a little more about this painting, with a few views of the different sessions it took to get to the finished product. I'm a newbie over there, but I'd love it if you commented and let me know what you think.

Visit the new site here Dora Sislian Themelis Art

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thought for Thursday

“As an artist, I do not need to be rich but I do need to be richly supported. I cannot allow my emotional and intellectual life to stagnate or the work will show it. My life will show it. My temperament will show it. If I don’t create, I get crabby.” ~Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Decision Equals Commitment

Information sometimes comes at the wrong time. The brain is not ready to accept certain ideas, facts, data and the like. However, the information presented is digested and the time eventually comes when we need to make a decision. The decision, then, becomes our responsibility. Decisions lead to action.

Trail ©2012 Dora Sislian Themelis

Recently I had a choice to make on another online program. Take the course, or don't take the course. The course would have been beneficial in that I would not learn anything business-wise any where else, given the fact that I am not going back to school. Please, not at this stage in the game, and not for business.

The deciding factor was finances. This course was pricey. Okay, I would learn things I didn't know, but the question hung on me: Would the cost translate into actionable usage? Would it benefit me in ways I would see in concrete form. Or, would it benefit me in time, with more help, needing more learning? I just couldn't justify the price at this point. With plenty of other ways of getting information at my fingertips right now, I passed on the course. Next time around I'll rethink it.

Someone would be making money, not necessarily me. For now I'll just Google whatever I need to know.

But the course presenter sent out a free and informative video workshop with good thoughts on moving ahead and making things happen. A big take away for me was the idea that we need to make a decision first, and that decision, what ever it might be, is a commitment. Once we make a commitment, we take action.

"Once we take action, the Universe bends to support you," the presenter emphasized. That statement struck me, reminding me of the book I read a while ago The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles, from 1908, I think.

I get that. Making decisions is like saying there's no B.S. now, you've got to get things done. Take charge. Act. Be a doer. Push it. Do it.

Having made the decision to move the blog, I've taken action and responsibility. When it's ready I will send you over there to take a look, but not until I figure it out with "Mr. Google."

Making the commitment was the easy part. Kicking out Mr. Resistance is the hard part.

New Work

New Greek island harbor watercolor painting All the trouble started when I decided to switch blogging platforms from Blogger to Wordpre...