"Focus" - the word for 2019

It’s been over a year (yikes!) since my last blog post, but I’m vowing to try it again this year and be more consistent with my writing; so, my word for 2019 is “focus.” Every year I pick a word and try to live it; and this year’s word fits especially well, since sometimes my art is all over the place and I need to pinpoint my style and technique. But, after two plus years of experimenting with painting abstract art, I think I’ve finally landed on a style and technique that intrigues me (well, maybe a couple of styles, but this is actually an improvement for my sometimes erratic and non-behaving brain!)

Can anyone else relate? Do you find it difficult to accomplish a goal because that laser-like focus is all over the place? I can only say to be patient and enjoy the journey and discovery, that it WILL come if you work at it. I’m probably stating the obvious here, but I’m living proof that hard work goes hand-in-hand with finding your unique voice, and will eventually pay off. So, below is painting that I’ve recently completed, using the new skills that I want to implement and focus more on.

I’d love your thoughts and comments. Here’s to 2019!

“Dancing at the Edge of the Sea” - ©Terri Edwards 2019


Luck has nothing to do with it

Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back - a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. ~ Anais Nin

The best part of life is that we do not have to have the same life day after day, month after month, year after year. If we are determined enough, we can improve our lives at any time. ~ from Positive Quotes for Every Day by Patricia Lorenz

I just watched a very powerful short video by one of those life coaches (yes, I do occasionally find what they have to say interesting and beneficial). His basic message was to stop playing the same message in your head day after day, the victim mentality. I'm very guilty of this at times. I tend to believe that other successful people simply have had better luck than I. I realize they work hard, but I've also thought that they are just more "worthy," and have been in the right place at the right time. This coach says STOP IT! Luck has nothing to do with it, and when you say this, you're playing the victim. Today I'm going to go forth and not give in to this habit; I'm not going to let these excuses take hold in my thoughts. There is power in your mindset. Are your dreams talking to you?
"Dream Whispers" - Terri Edwards, 2016 -…/dream-whispers

Dip or hamster wheel?

I'm currently reading one of those self-help books for entrepreneurs by Seth Godin, called "The Dip." The Dip is a stretch of time for creatives, business people, etc., that you go through in your career, but that sometimes makes you feel stuck, but that, even when it seems difficult to keep going, you do. You're experiencing The Dip, according to Godin, the time when you are learning and honing your skills and promoting yourself.  Going through The Dip can take years of hard work. The opposite of being in The Dip is being in a cul-de-sac, or, if you prefer another analogy, a hamster wheel, where you keep running in circles, or find yourself in a dead-end cul-de-sac going round and round with nowhere to really go. So, the premise of the book is do you work through The Dip, or realize that your're in a hamster wheel/cul-de-sac and go on to something more suited to your skills?  Once you get through The Dip, it's supposed to get easier, you just have to stick with it. I feel like I've been through a lot of dips in my art journey, but probably more hamster wheels, truth be told. It's probably why I sometimes go from style to style, trying to find the one that suits me and my personality best. So, think about your creative endeavors or business strategy, and ask yourself if you're Dipping, and working through The Dip, even though it might be tough at times, or ask yourself if you're in that wheel, spinning around and getting nowhere, and maybe it's time to change your focus. I'm sharing a small piece that I'm working on that has a "dip" in it, and I wonder if if I put in there subconsciously. Hmmmm... Comments always welcome! Tell me about your dips or cul-de-sacs.

The artist in all of us

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." ~ Pablo Picasso

Truth be told, we could ALL learn something from the great Picasso, not just artists. We all have a talent or something we're good at doing, and we tend to concentrate on that, which is to be expected. But it's important to leave our comfort zone every once in awhile and try something we're not very good at. It takes a lot of courage to be bold and have no fear to try something new or daunting. I've learned this in stepping out in my art business; I'm trying new techniques, but mostly in finding a public venue to exhibit my work. I'm an introvert; I don't like the spotlight or any kind of attention solely on myself, but I realized that the only way I would get really good exposure for my art is to exhibit it in a public place, which I'll be doing in May. That means meeting and greeting people, and mingling. It's not that I hate to interact with people, and I'm actually very friendly one-on-one, but it's just not in my comfort zone. What do you have that could be improved by being bold and stepping out?