Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures


REACH

Carmen Torbus,

in her book, THE ARTIST UNIQUE, encourages everyone with the impulse to create to REACH.  Reach beyond their comfort zone. Reach beyond what they know or think they know…and explore what MIGHT BE.  That is an impulse that has motivated artists through the centuries.  Picasso was famously quoted expressing that if he knew what a thing was going to be before he made it, why would he bother making it?

A good question.  Inspired by Carmen’s book…I wondered about creating a POD of artists willing to press their comfort zones.  I asked Carmen if she’d like a small group of professional artists to use her book as an inspiration to create.  But!  (you may object) YOU are professionals.  Art is easy for you.  Ha!  A misconception if I ever heard one!  Art.  Making art.  Creating.  It takes courage to step into any mystery and muster the courage to discover a new thing or behave in a new way.  Art is no exception.  And being a professional artist just sometimes makes it harder because the bar for something “looking good” is raised.

A small band of courageous souls:  Carmen, herself.  Me.  Liz Kalloch.  Christine Mason Miller.  Christen Olivarez.  We all said yes to picking a method or artistic expression with which we were little familiar.  Or not familiar at all.  Explore it.  Create something…and give it away.  That was the structure.

Carmen’s book is a buffet table of  yummy artistic options. I picked the one that I’ve resisted all my life. The expression that made me most uncomfortable and the one I had the least experience with.  Dimensional work: Polymer Clay.  I didn’t even have any.  I had none of the tools. This was a fresh effort and the first foray into it was dismal.  So clunky I was reluctant to take a photo of it.  Ah.  But I did.  Because documenting failures along the path is an excellent way to imprint the truth that Edison freely shared: there are no failures, just a bunch of ways that lead to a solution.

If you were to pick something about which you have an interest or curiosity but no demonstrated skill or talent: what would it be?  Featured today is one of Carmen’s lovely works.  Pictured on Monday will be my first effort at understanding how to work with Polymer Clay.  Reach!  Reach a little today.

 



Advertisement
Comments read comments(2)
post a comment
Carmen

posted July 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm


I love you Mary Anne! I do, I do!

xoxo,

Carmen



report abuse
 

Pingback: Carmen Torbus ~ A Passion for Creative Tools | Christine Mason Miller

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

Courage Doesn't Always Roar...sometimes it has to ask for help.

posted 2:36:53pm Oct. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Courage Doesn't Always Roar
Everyone comes to a time in their work or life when they would benefit from help.  This is my time. I am asking for your support and sharing of this significant Kickstarter Campaign.

posted 6:58:39pm Oct. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Your Vote Matters
IF YOU ARE TEMPTED to think casting a vote doesn't matter...think on this:  Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund, was the first black woman admitted to the bar in Mississippi (1965).  She said in I DREAM A WORLD, " People would do their voter registration and they would be

posted 1:26:53pm Oct. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Do You Dread Your Monday?
Maybe this is the week you ask a little of your employer. Or a lot! Mondays come with a sense of dread for a lot of people. Numbers of people haul their hips to a job they hate, and do work that holds little meaning

posted 1:25:14pm Sep. 22, 2014 | read full post »

A LIFELONG Leadership Story
Taken from LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE, Conari Press, 2007, Mary Anne Radmacher From early in my childhood I heard my father recount a story which typified his management and leadership style. The building in which he was a graveyard-shift foreman had sheet metal for a roof.  It was a good thing

posted 12:18:42pm Jul. 29, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.