I'm involved in so many things that I find it hard to sit down and sketch. Once I get into sketching it's peaceful and wonderful but there are just so many other things on my plate! Since I'm a great distance away from my tools I try to substitute sketching as an alternative to making jewelry. I've been reading and doing the exercises in 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain'. It's a great book that guides your through the process of drawing with many different exercises that you would never think to do. I highly recommend this book! I also bought the book 'Techniques of Jewelry Illustration & Color Rendering' and am saving that for after I've completed all the exercises in 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.' Techniques of JewelryIllustration & Color Rendering have beautifully drawn images with great coloring and shading. The pictures are so beautiful I almost can't imagine being able to draw that well. I've always struggled with drawing but lately have found that sketching out my ideas before making the piece of jewelry is really helpful to the integrity of the design. So my goal is to always sketch before making the piece. Lets see if I can keep that promise!
I was talking with a good friend today about having a good attitude in life. When I was younger I was very pessimistic, glass half empty kind of person. It has taken a great deal of time but I've worked hard to see the good things in life and appreciate what I have. I have also come to realize that everyone has crap in their lives, it's all different but everyone has it. I've learned to focus on the positive of everything and life truly rewards you when you do. I'm currently reading 'Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Gold Book of Yes!' Attitude'. It's about Positive Attitude and how to use it in your life to better yourself and become more successful. I've applied this attitude in my personal and professional life and you know what? It really works to be positive and relaxed.
"You become what you think about all day long." - Earl Nightingale
So you might as well focus all your energy and thoughts on the good things in life!
You know that feeling you get when you're in your studio working, things are going so well, and you feel one with your tools? I love that feeling. I attended Towson University in Baltimore MD and majored in Jewelry/Metalsmithing and lived in that studio. I even had the imaginary studio cot so many artists dream of! Now I live in Baltimore County and am no longer close to my tools. The tools live up in northern Carroll County in a barn, I'm sure they miss me. We've been apart for nearly a year now. I go and visit and use my tools and greatly enjoy the time I spend with them. We make great things together! The problem is I live in an apartment and I can't legally have my tools in my apartment. I'm not one to break rules or endanger others lives. Recently there was a discussion about this on www.ganoksin.com. As much as I miss my tools and it sometimes brings me to tears to not have them nearby I won't keep them in my apartment. The danger is far too great. I have plans, don't worry. In hopefully a couple of years my tools and I will reunite and spend much more time together! Right now I'm working for the Buyers Market of American Craft a wholesale tradeshow for American & Canadian Artists. I am the Jewelry & Suppliers Manager. Basically 1/3 of the floor plan (250 to 400 booths) are what I'm in charge of. I assist jewelry artists from around the country with all kinds of business information. Although this job doesn't involve me working with my tools it does give me the opportunity to meet so many great jewelry artists. I also attend many many craft/art shows to convince more jewelry artists to participate in the BMAC Show. I recently attended JCK and Couture in Las Vegas. I'll leave that story for my next entry!