Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yellow rose symbol

I'm still hoping to get the yellow rose finished this week or at least over the weekend. I'm doing it petal by petal just because I want to get the colors to go together well and it seems to be working best that way. There's a lot of colors in a yellow rose by the way. A lot of petals too!

While I was working on it I got to wondering about the meaning of the yellow rose so my inquiring mind had to look it up. Did you know that in the Victorian era a person couldn't flirt even by love letters or eye to eye contact because it was considered in bad taste. So giving flowers took the place of flirting. It use to be that yellow roses were symbols for jealousy,infidelity and fading love. Now they are a symbol of happiness and friendship. I'm sure glad the meaning has changed. Why would you give flowers to someone expressing faded love? Maybe it was a sly way of letting the other person know you were having an affair. But then again, why bother? OK, I'm getting way off track here. The meaning of the yellow rose is friendship.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Priorities

I spent the majority of the day yesterday figuring out RSS (Really Simple Syndication)... It wasn't so simple:) I got some other things accomplished too, but what I learned was it's important to allot a certain time limit. You can't get everything done in a day. That's where your routine comes in handy. When you're going through the book," I'd Rather Be In the Studio " you'll find there's a lot to do, that's a good thing! At least I know what I haven't been doing. A regular routine will help get the things done that need to be done, yet won't make you feel overloaded. What I did was started to write the things I needed to do on a large "to do" list. Then I'll check them off by putting some things in my daily routine, making sure my art work is part of the daily routine. Viola! It should work.

I might add that I didn't go to one garage sale yesterday. I saved money by doing things I needed to do and not spending money on things I didn't need anyway. Not saying I won't go to any garage sales this year. Until I get some things in order I'm just on a garage sale diet. And Oh, there was some big ones! My daughter called and asked if I was going, it felt pretty good to say, "I'll pass". We just had a garage sale last week and I got rid of a bunch of stuff, it makes no sense. That would be like losing 5 pounds then eating a whole cake :)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Great book: I'd Rather Be In the Studio

I started this blog over a year ago, making art and blogging a little here and there. Today, April 26, 2008, The time has come to get down to the business of art. I purchased the book "I'd Rather Be In The Studio" by Alyson B Stanfield and I highly recommend it if you are an artist who like me, created artwork without a plan. Now I have an idea of where to begin and what it takes to get where I want to go as an Artist.

The first thing I'm doing is making a schedule for myself. I always blamed my day job for not getting artwork finished. Enough of that. There are 24 hours in a day, I only do that job 8 hours. That leaves 16 hours, of course I do have to sleep but not 16 hours! Then take out time for dressing, grooming and personal things. So the truth is I do have time. It all comes down to setting priorities. Follow along with me as I learn and do what it takes, who knows before too long that day job may be history.